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  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 6:50 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

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  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 5:10 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    Dear friends,

    This year marks our 35th fundraiser for The B. D. Petit Parsee General Hospital. Last year, thanks to your generosity, we sent a record $ 102,000. Every cent went towards the treatment of COVID patients. Every bed in the hospital was occupied then and still is, however, the hospital has carved out a section for COVID in order to manage all patients and perform other procedures. Due to the realities of the pandemic and its aftermath, the hospital has made plans to upgrade or buy new equipment. Further details refer to PGH Equipment Donation.

    The hospital under the CEO Dr. Ganguly, who managed 200 military hospitals when he retired, told me when he joined the hospital, “You don’t think I can manage a 200 bed hospital?” He brought changes to the staff’s attitude and glowing testimonials from relatives and patients. Examples are shared in the attachment and on hospital’s website.

    Though there were a couple of complaints, the COVID-19 vaccination distribution is well organized. The staff’s gentle manner has earned praises. Even my Jain friend’s sister, living in Breach Candy, went to PGH to pay for her shot and was very happy with the arrangement, distancing, cleanliness, and even the tea/coffee at the end was hot!

    This year, we are still in the COVID state of mind. The hospital has got donors for building an oxygen plant and for the first CT Scan machine to be installed, however, they need a good A/C system first. In the words of Mr. Hector Mehta, “the A/C plants are integral towards our COVID fight. They centrally supply the whole Jokhi wing and the A-1 (COVID) ward. Jokhi wing houses the ICCU, which during this pandemic 90% of the patients are being treated for post-Covid sequelae, especially pneumonia, stroke, myocardial infarctions, etc. It also houses the X-ray dept. where CT scan will be lodged and the Path Lab, where all the radiological and other diagnostic investigations for the COVID patients are carried out. None of these departments, including the CT Scan, can function without maintaining the desired cool temperature. Your donation for the A/C plants will actually go a long way towards the overall treatment of our COVID patients.” Jamshed and I have donated $10,000 towards this project. Hopefully, this is our last year for COVID-related fundraising.

    In honor of PGH, we will hold our annual jashan on SUNDAY, JULY 25th at 11:30 am, at our beautiful Dar-e-Mehr. Lunch will follow the jashan. Those who wish to attend please RSVP at 516-378-4516 or email - ghad@optonline.net. Kindly let us know so we can prepare accordingly.

    What can you do?
    Either click on the "Donate Now" button now, or donate by sending your donations payable to ZAGNY - Critical Assistance Fund. You can also send the checks to:
    (a) us at 2686 Belcher St., Baldwin, NY 1150-3937, OR

    (b) ZAGNY Treasurer, Cyrus Pavri, at 961 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401-1315

    Donate Now

    Hope you will go deep in your pockets to assist PGH in this global crisis.


    We thank our friends from USA and Canada for your tremendous support, encouragement, and generous donations for a very worthy cause - taking care of our sick and needy. Please visit PGH’s revamped website https://bdpetitparseegeneralhospital.org/ as some of the recent testimonials from patients and relatives will warm your hearts.

    Ushta te,

    Yasmin & Jamshed Ghadiali
    2686 Belcher St.
    Baldwin, NY 1150-3937
    516-378-4516
    ghad@optonline.net

  • Friday, June 11, 2021 10:00 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    This Saturday

    Learn more about

    PERSIS: A Persis Khambatta Story

    A Walk Down Persis Lane:


    The FEZANA Talks #22

    Join us on Saturday June 12th for this exciting exploration of the career of Parsi actress Persis Khambatta. To many, Persis Khambatta was the woman who turned heads as Lieutenant Ilia in the film Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), but to many of those from the South Asian and Parsi community, Persis’ pioneering journey across the globe was a historical moment of being seen. 

    The panel invites the FEZANA community to join a conversation with the filmmaker Vaishali Sinha, alongwith artists Sooni Taraporevala and Farah Bala – whose paths crossed with Persis Khambatta. Together we will explore Persis’ work and ambitious journey, and learn from each other the Persis we know. We invite you to join us as we collectively walk down Persis Lane.

    PERSIS is an ongoing documentary film exploring the legacy of the unheralded model-turned-actor Persis Khambatta. 
     

    Saturday June 12th, 2021


    9 AM Pacific | 12 Noon Eastern | 5 PM UK | 9:30 PM India


    Speaker Bios

    SOONI TARAPOREVALA

    Sooni Taraporevala is an award-winning screenwriter, photographer and filmmaker. She is the author/publisher of 2 editions of the photo book PARSIS A Photographic Journey1980- 2004, a popular and critical success, now out of print.. In 2017 Harper Collins published her photo book Home in the City Bombay 1977 – Mumbai 2017. Her photographs are in museums & collections worldwide. She won a national award for her debut film LITTLE ZIZOU and was awarded a Padma Shri in 2014. Her latest film YEH BALLET that she wrote and directed is streaming worldwide on Netflix. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


    FARAH BALA 

    Farah Bala has worked as a performing artist and producer for over two decades in Theater, Film-TV in South Asia and the US. She is also an Audie nominated voiceover artist. Some recent Film-TV credits include Quantico, Orange is the New Black, Steven Soderberg’s High Flying Bird. Farah has simultaneously used the tools of the theater in arts education, developing social-emotional learning in NYC public schools, international volunteering initiatives, and professional environments globally and across industries. 

    She is currently Founder & CEO of FARSIGHT, a leadership development consultancy that prioritizes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

    Farah’s speaking engagements include Yale University, Ford Foundation, Voice America, NY Travel Festival, Travel Unity, Adirondack Diversity Initiative, Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Asian American Arts Alliance, among others. She is a sought after speaker at national conferences, most recently at SHPE and SASE. Farah is also the creator and host of FARSIGHT FRIDAY, a video podcast started in 2020 in response to the heightened racism and divisiveness of marginalized communities. She is featured in Umbrage Edition’s national award-winning book Green Card Stories as one of 50 profiles of recent immigrants from around the world.


    VAISHALI SINHA

    Vaishali Sinha directed/produced the feature documentary ASK THE SEXPERT (PBS, Netflix India) about a 92-year-old sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity despite the ban on sex education in schools in several states. The film traveled to over 40 film festivals, won Best Documentary Award at New Orleans Film Festival, a Critics Choice Award in India, and a Grierson Nomination for Best Entertaining film.

    Vaishali also co-directed/produced the award-winning documentary MADE IN INDIA about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogacy to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival in Canada and aired on PBS in 2012. Variety called it “an engrossing feature” and The Hindu wrote “the film does not judge, it only states and allows the viewer that prerogative.”

    Vaishali is from Mumbai and currently resides in New York with her husband Fred Lassen, a Music Director and their 6-year-old son Luca.

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  • Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:14 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    CRRF sponsors first-ever National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism in Canada

    The CRRF is a proud sponsor of the first-ever National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism hosted by the University of British Columbia.  The event will take place over two days beginning on June 10, 2021.  Join the National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism and contribute to these crucial discussions. Through open conversations with key figures in education, health care, media, the corporate world, the not-for-profit sector, and government, we’ll produce bold actions and key priorities to be implemented across the country. Participate in these discussions and help shape the fight against racism!


  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 1:39 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    Coffee Chat with International Zoroastrian Youth - Danny Master

     

    Never underestimate the power of one. If you have a calling to add value to your community, start right away. Permit yourself to begin, create, and collaborate with like-minded people to build on that idea if needed.” – Danny

     

    Can you please tell us about yourself? (brief background)

    I'm 33, and by the time I was 16, I had already lived in four countries. I spent most of my adult life in New Zealand with my family. Picked up a Commerce degree and a Post Grad Diploma in Management along the way, while working in the IT Sales sector. 4 years ago, I decided to move to London, UK, seeking adventure and growth. Turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life as I got married, sunk my teeth further into the IT industry, started a karate and fitness side-hustle, and collaboratively started a Zoroastrian angled podcast with a few close friends.

     

    You've lived in over 5 countries; Can you highlight some differences and similarities overall that you’ve experienced through your eventful journey?

    The Parsi cultural identity, which I'm far more familiar with than the Iranian Zoroastrian identity, is very distinct no matter which part of the world you're in. One of the wisest choices my parents made was to immerse our family of four in with the local Zoroastrian communities, be that in Bombay, Bahrain, Dubai or Auckland. Looking back on it, I think it was their way of giving my sister and myself a consistent community experience, no matter which part of the world we were in. That and Zoros know how to have fun.

    However, while we all smile and have fun the same way, how we communicate, resolve conflict, or get things done varies depending on which part of the world you're in. That's where you start seeing shades of the local area you're in. And because it's such a subconscious difference, almost no one can prepare you for it.

     

    Have you always wanted to get involved with the Zoroastrian community wherever you’ve lived?

    This is something I grew into. Community work can often be as intimidating as learning a new language - you want to say the right things the right way. It just started making sense for me to start somewhere over the last couple years, be comfortable making mistakes and learning from them, and trusting that what I had to say or so would be received in good faith and understanding.

     

    Why do you like to get involved, what drives you, and when did you start?

    Emulating one of my idols and Sensei, Mr. Adil Sarkari, who for the last 20+ years, has run a community focused dojo in Auckland NZ, I started offering Karate Classes to the Zoroastrian community in Central London early 2020, with the full support of the ZTFE. When the classes were unceremoniously discontinued at the time due to the initial Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, I realised that I enjoyed bringing people together and adding value to their physical and mental wellbeing. This has led me to continue sessions over Zoom, while also teaching and training newer students face-to-face as lockdown restrictions eased over the past few months.

    Concurrently, my new London friends and I also wanted to start having an open discussion about current and Zoroastrian-centric events/topics, which led to the collaborative creation of Zoroverse podcasts (Season 1 available on Youtube and Spotify).

     

    What are some of the challenges you’ve faced and how have you overcome them?

    Broadly, the organisational structure has been a challenge. If sub-committees are tasked with responsibilities, they should also be enabled with autonomy and authority.

     

    What are your plans/hopes for the future for the Zoroastrian community in the UK and globally?

    I hope to be part of a change in our community towards open-minded dialogue and mindsets, where the organisational structures are meritocratic.

     

    How would you encourage the youth to get involved and what programs would you suggest they could start with? Local volunteering, World Zoroastrian Youth Congress participation, etc.?

    Know yourself first. You are the most important person so focus on what you can contribute that also makes YOU grow. Is it a helping hand, skill, ability, or experience etc. Once you know what makes you happy and helps you grow, you can then start socialising with the community to identify like-minded people who you can respect, be friends with, and work with. Start small, be respectful, and keep asking questions.

     

    What advice would you give our youth in order to inspire them to serve the community in their respective countries?

    Never underestimate the power of one. If you have a calling to add value to your community, start right away. Permit yourself to begin, create, and collaborate with like-minded people to build on that idea if needed.

     

    Thank you, Danny, for your continued community service and for inspiring future leaders.

    We wish you all the best!

  • Saturday, June 05, 2021 1:35 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)


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  • Friday, June 04, 2021 1:45 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    Dear Perveen Diwanji,

    The OZCF Seniors Sub Committee invites you and your family to attend.

    AN INTERACTIVE FALL PREVENTION 

    FUN EVENING WITH

    STEPHANIE SANTOS-SPRAGGETT

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    Stephanie has many years of experience in teaching/helping seniors to maintain their balance, autonomy and control in order to live happy independent lives.

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    DATE: JUNE 4, 2021        TIME 6:30 – 7:30pm

         

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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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