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  • Sunday, May 16, 2021 9:36 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)


    Zoroastrians In The Armed Forces

    The FEZANA Talks #21

    Join us to hear first-hand experiences and snapshots of life in the Canadian and U.S. military from Zoroastrians currently serving and retired. Our panelists are officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force and they will share their candid views on joining the military and serving their country today.

    LCDR Farrokh Kapadia

    Farrokh grew up in New Jersey, and was commissioned in the United States Navy after graduating from Georgia Tech in 2006. After completing initial training, he reported to the USS CHEYENNE for his first sea tour, during which he completed multiple deployments in the Pacific. He then transferred to Submarine Force Pacific before completing schooling and reporting to USS MARYLAND as the Weapons Officer in 2015. Upon completion of his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Washington Navy Yard. LCDR Kapadia is currently serving as an Executive officer of a fast attack submarine.

    Major Darius Mirza

    Darius joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 2000 as a pilot. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario, where after 4 years he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following pilot training, Major Mirza was stationed in Trenton, Ontario and flew the C-17 Globemaster III for 2 years. He was then transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he flew the C130 Hercules for 5 years, supporting Search and Rescue operations across the prairies and Canadian Arctic. In 2015, he began work at 1 Canadian Air Division in the Operational Airworthiness Section, ensuring the safety of flight for all RCAF fleets. In 2019, Maj Mirza was once again transferred, this time to Greenwood, Nova Scotia, returning to the C-130 Hercules in the Search and Rescue role. Maj Mirza has been deployed to Afghanistan, and has travelled to countless nations around the world in support of RCAF operations. He continues to serve, living in Nova Scotia with his wife and son.

    Colonel Cainaz Vakharia

    Cainaz is in the United States Army, and she has 27 years of active-duty service. She was stationed in Germany, Turkey, and South Korea before transitioning to a specialization focused on South Asia. As part of her training, Cainaz learned Hindi and Urdu and attended the ten-month Defence Services Staff College in India. Her South Asia postings include Pakistan (defense cooperation), Bangladesh (Defense Attache), and India (Army Attache). Cainaz is currently serving at the State Department as a Military Advisor for South and Central Asia. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

    Kersas Dastur

    Kersas served in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer and Aviator. He flew helicopters shore based and aboard ships within the U.S. as well as overseas. He completed multiple deployments which involved traveling all over the world. He also qualified to drive ships. Duty stations included the U.S., Italy, and India. He graduated with degrees from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Redlands, the Naval War College, and the Defence Services Staff College(India). Kersas is also an FAA certified pilot and flight instructor. After transitioning out of the Navy, he piloted an EMS helicopter. Kersas currently works as a technical writer, and lives with his lovely wife and children in San Diego, CA.

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  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:13 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    The FEZANA Ava Project Presents

     F A M I L Y   P A I N T   E V E N T

    On World Environment Day

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    Join us for a paint session with Parinaz Dastur and get educated on the importance of water and conservation.

    Materials Needed (can be found in dollar stores):  Canvas 9" X 12", Paper Plate 9" (paint palette), Paint Brushes, Knife set (optional to mix paints), Acrylic Paint Colours: Orange, Blue, Green, Black, White, Brown, Red (optional).
     
    Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
    Time: 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET

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    Meeting ID: 962 0682 2622
    Passcode: FEZANA

    To know more about the AVA Project & get involved visit:

    https://fezana.org/theavaproject/

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:43 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    N A M C

    NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies
    in association with the

    Catholic Theological Union of Chicago


    Is proud to announce:

    “An Introduction to Zoroastrianism”

    Faith, History, Modernity and Connections with Major Religions


    It is an online course starting on June 7, 2021.

    Direct link to register for the course (G1060S-1) https://ctu.edu/summeratctu/registration/

    NAMC offers to match up to 3 scholarships that North American Zoroastrian Associations would provide.

    Click to Register

  • Sunday, May 09, 2021 9:43 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    The Power of Mindfulness meditation Zoom event, which was held on May 2, 2021, by Delna Mistry, a professional meditation coach, can now be re-watched on our ZSO YouTube channel.

    Thank you to the ZSO Youth Committee for organizing this event.

  • Sunday, May 09, 2021 9:42 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    The California Zoroastrian Center (CZC) announces the 2021 Drawing Contest Winners.


    9-10 age group:

    First place: Ms. Delna Surveyor from Tomball, TX

    Prize: $100 


    15-17 age group:

    First place: Ms. Sonia Fereidooni from Irvine, CA

    Prize: $100


    Honorable mention: Ms. Arnaz Irani from Sugarland, TX

    Prize: $50


    Due to the pandemic and slow flow of mail, please give about a month for the prizes to arrive in mail.


    Drawing-3 Contest will begin in June. Please look for the email and looking forward to your amazing works of art.


    Much appreciation,

    Artemis Javanshir

    Drawing Contest Organizer

  • Sunday, May 09, 2021 9:41 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    Wishing moms from every walk of life A Happy Mother's Day filled with much love ❤️!

    On behalf of the ZSO Board of Directors,

    Mashya Amroliwalla 
    President
    Zoroastrian Society of Ontario
  • Monday, May 03, 2021 7:02 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    The OZCF fundraising committee presents.

    Morning With The Stars


    WHAT

    - Space Yoga
    - Story time from the International Space Station
    - Astronomy in Action Live Presentation followed by Q & A
    - Interact with a Planetary Scientist - Live presentation followed by Q & A
    - A planetarium tour

    WHEN -  9.30 AM - 2.00 PM EDT ON Saturday May 15th, 2021

    COST -   $10 for the first 2 participants $5 thereafter for additional
                     participants

    WHO -   Kids, Parents, Grandparents

    HOW -   Send an email to Armaity Anandasagar - armaity.a@gmail.com
                    to Register by May 9, 2021

    WHERE - Lounging in your PJs in your living room and having any drink
                       or snack of your choice.  

  • Monday, May 03, 2021 4:42 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    The Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel (RDR) is looking for enthusiastic Summer Students to join their team as a Communications Officer and Education Program Coordinator at their Peel Regional Office. Deadline to apply is May 5.

  • Monday, May 03, 2021 4:42 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    2021 FEZANA Scholarship Application Now Open

    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IN ALL CATEGORIES
    Did you know that FEZANA awards more than $70,000 in scholarships every year? FEZANA Scholarships are available for students in the following categories: graduate studies, undergraduate studies, performing and creative arts, culinary arts, and sports.

    Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 and are based on academic standing, community service, and financial need.  The application portal is now open and will close on July 1, 2021 at 23.59. EST. For more information and for the application, please visit:  https://fezana.org/scholarships/

  • Monday, May 03, 2021 4:42 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)



    NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

    Lecture Series

    Sunday, May 9, 2021,  at 2 pm Eastern Time, 11 am Pacific Time

    Topic: Amesha Spenta – A Stairway from Physical to Spiritual

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95628797294?pwd=WGZuVXdwSEt3MitEc1U2S092REQzdz09

    Meeting ID: 956 2879 7294   Passcode: NAMC

    The talk will elaborate on the Divine level of the Holy Immortals with references from Older and Younger Avestan texts. It will further describe in detail the implications of each of the emanations to demonstrate how one ascends the steps of the Divine staircase to transform oneself to the highest spiritual level.

    Presenter: Dr. Ervad. Jehan Bagli

    Ervad Jehan Bagli retired as Distinguished Research Fellow of Wyeth/Ayrest Pharmaceutical Research. He was a founding member and President of Zoroastrian Association of Quebec and the editor of Gavashni, a North American Zarathushti publication, for 16 years. He has published six books and lectured extensively on various aspects of the Zoroastrian religion in North America and abroad. 

    For more information, please visit https://namcmobeds.org/

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