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  • Saturday, September 09, 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA is happy to announce a Zoroastrians Studies Symposium in honour of our own dear Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli.

    This seminar is being organized by the University of Toronto, The Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies and is co-sponsored by FEZANA and others.

    The detailed program and line up of speakers is listed below.

    This is an in-person and online event and we encourage all those who can to attend.


    Date: September 9th, 2023
    Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Venue: Isabel Bader Theater, 93 Charles St W, Toronto ON, M5S 2C7

    Ervad Dr, Jehan Bagli is the most recent recipient of FEZANA's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the faith and the community here in North America.

    He is the founding editor of the FEZANA Journal and has served local member associations and FEZANA in various capacities over the decades.


    If you are planning to attend in person please RSVP at the ink below. The venue has limited seating.

    Register for In-Person


    To attend the online Zoom session, click on the link below to register.

    Register for Online Event


  • Friday, September 08, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    The OCZF's Place of Worship Advisory Committee (PWAC) are extremely pleased to inform the community that on September 08, 2023, the
    Town of Oakville issued the building permit that enables OCZF to start construction of their new Place of Worship.

    To read more click below:

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  • Saturday, September 02, 2023 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) Toronto Chapter is proud to announce the next meeting at the OZCF hall.

    We will hear from three entrepreneurs who all started their businesses during the COVID years. The challenges they faced and where they are today. If you are an entrepreneur who started a business during the COVID years, please contact: afreed.mistry@gmail.com to be a speaker at the event.

    We will have sign up for membership for WZCC for $50 (until Dec. 2024).

    Event Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd, 2023 @ 1:30 PM

    Location: OZCF, 1187 Burnhamthrope Road E., Oakville, ON

    Event Fee: Free


    Please sign up to attend the event:

    Agenda:

    • 1:30 pm - Registration and Networking (snacks will be served)
    • 2:00 pm - Announcements and Introductions
    • 2:15 pm - Hear from the Enterprising Entrepreneurs
    • 3:15 pm - Networking with members


    Speakers:

    Diana Daver

    Diana is the owner of a small business called JustSoaps by Diana. She makes handmade organic soaps in small batches. These soaps are packed with natural goodness and are devoid of any harmful chemicals like phthalates and parabens found in commercial soaps which are all carcinogenic and cause more harm than good. Diana’s soaps contain glycerine (which is a natural compound derived from vegetable oils and is known for its moisturizing properties), organic essential oils, skin friendly ingredients and are as natural as possible. Since these are as the name says “just soaps” they contain no preservatives, foaming agents and toxic scents. These soaps  do have a small shelf life like all things natural and for all good reasons. They are perfect for all skin types and for all ages. What’s more is that these soaps are easily customizable too. They make for very unique and personal gifts as an added bonus.


    Dr. Armita Bhesania

    Drs. Armita and Adil Bhesania - two young sibling entrepreneurs have started a dental clinic in Mississauga, ON.

    Armita will be speaking at the WZCC event.  She went to dental school and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2019. She then did an additional year of intense training at Mount Sinai Hospital downtown Toronto.

    Adil and Armita always knew they wanted to buy a dental clinic together and serve the community in whichever way they can. After 2 years of constant searching, they finally found a clinic they loved and are proud to call it their own. Churchill Smiles Dentistry is located in Mississauga.


    Anaheez Karbhari

    Anaheez Karbhari is a UX Designer based in Toronto, Canada. She is the founder and owner of Jaan Joon, a small baking business that blossomed during the rise of the pandemic. As a self-taught baker, Anaheez enjoys the process of innovation while paying homage to traditional Persian & Indian palates. Honey, saffron, pistachios, rose and cardamom are some of Jaan Joon’s staple flavor profiles. Anaheez specializes in unique goodies such as bite-sized truffles, macarons, and cookies, and is now shipping across Canada & the United States.


    Regards,

    WZCC Toronto Chapter Team

  • Friday, September 01, 2023 1:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


  • Friday, September 01, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA Call for Participants for the 68th Annual Commission on the Status of Women Conference ~ March 11-22, 2024


    The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to attend the 68th Commission on the Status of Women Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 11-22, 2024.

    This year's main focus will be on accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.

    For more information on the CSW68 check the website: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw68-2024


    Individuals interested in attending the conference, are requested to:

    1. Fill in the form: https://forms.gle/hszyHqKGa77Uifi56
    2. Two minute video recording of yourself on how you see yourself fitting into the UN.
    3. Send your video, resume and letter of intent for attending the CSW68 by September 1, 2024 to both individuals:


    FEZANA, as an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Global Communications (DGC), will facilitate registration to the CSW Conference. The conference will be in a hybrid format (partially in-person and partially online).

    The selected participants are expected to make their own financial arrangements regarding visas, tickets, accommodation, food, and transportation in the city.

    Details about the vision, mission and activities of the United Nations can be accessed at www.un.org.


    Regards,

    Co-Chairs, FEZANA UN-NGO Committee

  • Monday, August 28, 2023 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Iraqi First Lady, Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmad, wife of the Iraqi President, held a special ceremony at ASHTI Zoroastrian Temple, in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan to award a number of prominent personalities who have played a role in spreading the culture of peaceful coexistence and mutual acceptance among all religious and ethnic communities in the Kurdistan Region.

    This ceremony that was held on Saturday 05.AUG.2023, at the ASHTI Zoroastrian Temple, in Sulaymaniyah city, was organized and prepared by Awat Hesamuddin (Darya), official representative of Kurdish Zoroastrians in K.R.G.

    Representatives of eight different religions, including Islam, Sunni and Shiite, Christians, Zoroastrians, Jews, Saba'i Mandai, Baha'i ,and Kakai Yarsani, several national personalities and several organizational managers were honored at the ceremony.

    At the ceremony, the First Lady of Iraq, Ms. Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmed, was presented with an honorary award for her important role in supporting freedom of religion and belief, to support the culture of coexistence, between all religions and nationalities and to protect their rights.

    The award of Queen Shabad, one of the most famous figures of Sumerian civilization, which means Queen of Beauty, was presented to the Iraq First Lady, Ms. Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmed.  Also she was presented with the Ashavan Zoroastrian Foundation Award for Music and Culture by Awat Darya, the official Zoroastrian representative.

    Attached are some photos and a video.

    The link is the video of the visit by the first lady of Iraq, the wife of the President of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Latif Rashid, at ASHTI Zoroastrian Temple in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, on the occasion of honoring a group of Iraqi Kurdish personalities, which was officially published by Ms. Shahnaz Ibrahim Ahmad, in her social media account.

    Watch Video

    The Iraq First Lady, Ms. Shanaz Ibrahim Ahmad, the wife of the President of the Republic of Iraq, at the ASHTI Zoroastrian Temple in the city of Sulaymaniyah, receives the award of thanks and appreciation.


    Judge Weria Kanimarani, who holds the position of a judge in the Court of Juveniles and Minors, in the city of Sulaymaniyah, receives an award of thanks and appreciation for his prominent role in serving justice and peaceful coexistence in society.


    Judge Qasim Izdi, who is the first judge of the Yazidi religion to hold the position of judge of the criminal court in the city of Sulaymaniyah. He receives the award of thanks and appreciation.


    Part of the presence of the dignitaries who were honored and mediated by the first lady of Iraq.


    One of the Shiite clerics who was honored for his role in spreading the culture of peace.


    Part of the presence of the dignitaries who were honored and mediated by the first lady of Iraq.

  • Monday, August 28, 2023 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SOAS PhD Surveys on 'Zoroastrians-by-choice' and their interactions with Zoroastrians born to at least one Zoroastrian parent

    Some of you may recall an anonymous survey by Ruzbeh Hodiwala, a PhD Candidate at SOAS, on Zoroastrians-by-choice and their interactions with Zoroastrians born to at least one Zoroastrian parent. Ruzbeh had also presented his preliminary findings at the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress in New York and recently at the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in London along with screening of a film titled 'Becoming Zoroastrian' that he has co-produced with a filmmaker Leah Rustomjee. Many of you have already completed the survey!

    However, since the Gen Z survey was underway, Ruzbeh had discontinued the surveys in order to minimize confusion and survey fatigue among members of the community. As a result, he was unable to reach out to the maximum number of Zoroastrians. Ruzbeh is now planning to close the survey for good and is reaching out to the members of the Zoroastrian community one last time to spare some time to take the survey if you haven't already done it before! 

    Please feel free to share it widely among your family,friends, and community members around the world (excluding Iran).



    Survey for 'Zoroastrians-by-choice'/those born to both non-Zoroastrian parents:


    Survey I: (In English) For Zoroastrians born to both non-Zoroastrian parents.

    English - Non-Zoroastrian Parents

    Survey I: (In Persian) For Zoroastrians born to both non-Zoroastrian parents.

    Persian - Non-Zoroastrian Parents


    Survey for Zoroastrians born to at least one Zoroastrian parent:


    Survey II: (In English) For Zoroastrians born to at least one Zoroastrian parent.

    English - At Least One Zoroastrian Parent

    Survey II: (In Persian) For Zoroastrians born to at least one Zoroastrian parent.

    Persian - At Least One Zoroastrian Parent


    You can reach out to Ruzbeh Hodiwala at:

    ruzbeh_hodiwala@soas.ac.uk or

    theneozoroastrianproject@gmail.com.

  • Monday, July 17, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention high school graduates, the application process for the Annual ZSO Academic and Community Service Excellence Award for High School Students Scholarship is now open for 2023. 

    The deadline for receiving completed applications this year is Monday, July 17, 2023. All pertinent details are in the application form.

    Good luck to all the applicants.

    2023 ZSO Scholarship Application

  • Friday, July 14, 2023 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this week we shared an appeal from the World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO), U.S. Region Ltd. Seeking support and donations for a premature baby girl born in Secunderabad, India.

    The young couple (Shiraz Pitcher and Urvaksh Fitter) were married in December 2022 and were expecting twins. Due to some medical issues, the babies (boy and girl) were delivered pre-mature at 28 weeks on July 6, 2023. Unfortunately, the baby boy didn’t survive and passed away.

    The premature baby girl survived weighing only 1Kg and is currently in NICU on a ventilator and will require to stay there for a minimum of six weeks or till she is strong enough to survive outside.

    We all know medical expenses and hospital stays are extremely expensive and this family needs our support. We’re requesting the community to join hands together and help this young family in need and most importantly for the baby girl to receive adequate care to fully recover from her current condition and live a happy and healthy life with her parents.

    Please donate generously by visiting our ZSO donation page (https://www.zso.org/donate ) to support this cause by Aug 31st, 2023. Tax receipts will be issued instantly to your email address on file. 

    We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

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