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  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:59 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    World Zoroastrian Organization, U.S. Region Ltd.
    6943 Fieldstone Drive, Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527-5295

    Phone: (630) 654-8828   Fax: (630) 654-8838   kayomehta@aol.com

    Zarathushtis in India are continuing to suffer severely from the brunt and after effects of the Corona virus. WZO Trust, India has been extremely busy assisting affected individuals. By the end of September, assistance was provided to over two thousand (2,295) recipients. This aid was provided as payments to Hospitals, Purchase of ventilators, aid to individuals in economic distress and in the form of distribution of food grains to the needy. The need to continue these forms of aid is absolutely imperative with the onslaught of the second wave of the Corona virus.

    Every day there are requests from individuals and institutions who have been financially impacted due to the Pandemic - either medically, or by way of, loss of income.

    We will best be able to extend support for community members affected by the pandemic:

    a) Providing financial support to full time Mobeds that work at Agiyaries on a daily wages basis and   were unable to carry out duties due to the lockdown and Agiyaries remaining shut.

    b) Individuals who have lost their jobs or suffered cuts in salaries.

    c) Business men and entrepreneurs who have suffered losses.

    d) Zoroastrian agrarians suffering losses on account of being unable to transport their produce; poor Zoroastrians who have brick kilns, cattle dairy farms, poultry farms and the like.

    e) Distributing foods grains in cities, towns and villages to the needy.

    f)  Providing Oxygen and equipment to hospitals. A single Ventilator costs USD10,000.

    The task is humongous but we are determined to play a very proactive role and do our very best.

    The recovery period is still very distant but WZO is committed to continue their mission to provide the needed support to the affected individuals.

    They need our help. With your assistance, we can help our fellow community members in their hour of need. We request your generous Donations to help them during this terrible pandemic situation. Please donate generously to WZO US Region to provide the much needed help. Your donation will enable our fellow Zarathushtis mitigate and survive this disaster. Kindly make your donation checks payable to "WZO" with a reference to "Corona” and mail them to WZO US Region address. Please make sure to provide your mailing address, email and phone number to facilitate receipt for your kind donation.

    WZO

    Corona

    6943 Fieldstone Drive

    Burr Ridge IL   60527-5295

    USA


    Thank you very much for your Zoroastrian Spirit.

    With kind regards,

    Kayomarsh P. Mehta

    President


    Ushta ahmai yahamai ushta kahmai-chit.

    Happiness to him, who make others Happy. Ushtavaiti Gatha, Yasna 43.


    The mission of World Zoroastrian Organization is to be of service to all, by providing critical assistance and support to the needy anywhere in the world. WZO US Region Ltd. is a registered tax deductible 501(c) 3 charitable organization registered in USA. Tax Exempt I.D: 36-4236575.

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:26 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)


  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:26 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    With overwhelming request, we bring part 2 of the Natak to you. Looking forward to your virtual company on Friday.

    Zoom Link:
    https://zoom.us/j/93984255222?pwd=NWFBOWw3RjdDdzZuVm5uRm83bytLdz09

    Meeting ID: 939 8425 5222

    Passcode: 397284

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:30 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    This year – subject to prevalent conditions – the Zoroastrian Society of Ontario’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 11 AM Eastern Time.

    The backbone of any religious not-for-profit charity, such as ZSO, is its membership. And ZSO is blessed to have a wealth of selfless, dedicated and talented members, like you, passionate about volunteering to serve and strengthen our vibrant Zoroastrian community together.

    Your Board is excited to confirm the following positions become vacant at the upcoming AGM:

    President – 2 Year Term

    Vice President – 2 Year Term

    Secretary – 2 Year Term

    Assistant Treasurer – 2 Year Term

    Executive Officer 2 – 2 Year Term (1 Year if filled by outgoing President)

    Assistant Secretary – 1 Year Term

    If you’ve ever wanted to showcase your talent, air your ideas and collaborate with passionate fellow Zoroastrians, in Ontario, across North America and around the world, complete a nomination form as the first step to bring your vision to life!

    Oh and did we mention, this year ZSO proudly completes its 50th year…. Yes, it’s the organization’s Golden Jubilee year; such a memorable milestone in our ongoing journey!

    We certainly feel tremendous gratitude to the visionary founders and volunteers who have achieved so much for ZSO in it’s first 50 years. And by the Grace of Ahura Mazda, we are thrilled to start the next 50 years and more, with you leading the way to realize the vision of the next generation! So what are you waiting for? Just complete and mail the nomination form to the address below or email to secretary@zso.org by 11 AM Eastern Time on Sunday, June 13, 2021:

    Secretary

    Zoroastrian Society of Ontario

    3590 Bayview Ave

    Toronto ON M2M 3S6


    It’s your turn to make a positive impact on our shared Zoroastrian destiny!

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 10:18 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    As a tiny glimmer of hope brightens on the horizon with businesses starting to reopen, and life slowly resuming back to a semblance of normality… WZCC Toronto, jointly with Project, “Jobs for Every Zoro”, proudly announces a webinar on Recruitment & Career Strategies.

    Is your resume/CV invisible?

    Tune in for the keys to getting on the recruiter’s or HR Manager’s shortlist.

    Need help finding the right career?

    Listen in to the Methodology of the Job Search

    Sign up to attend the “Recruitment & Career Strategies Workshop” with WZCC Toronto Chapter, here:


    Speakers:

    Havovi Patel has over 15 years of corporate experience in the financial services sector. By virtue of her experience in HR, Learning & Development, and business development roles, she has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by the corporate world. As a life coach, she supports individuals in facilitating positive change towards reaching their full potential.

    Zubin Treasuryvala is Director & CEO of Treasure Hunters People Solutions. He has over 15 years of National Talent Acquisition expertise and is a Master Head-hunter & Talent Acquisition specialist. He has conducted more than 5,000 interviews across the board.


    Event Date: Saturday, May 8th, 2021 @ 10:30 AM EST

                         Saturday, May 8thth, 2021 @ 8:00PM IST

     Fee: $6.00 Non-Members

             Complimentary for Member


    Any questions? Please contact: wzcctoronto@gmail.com



  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 9:59 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)


    The Board of Directors of the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation are excited to share the news of our support of a nationwide project called Love My Neighbour, inspired by Millennium Kids and Canadian faith communities, which exists to increase COVID vaccines delivered throughout the developing world to end the COVID-19 pandemics.

    The Love My Neighbor project has a goal to supply 38 million additional vaccines to our neighbors living in lower- income countries – that’s one for each grateful Canadian. We know delayed vaccinations in poor regions around the world put everyone at risk of additional COVID mutations for years to come.

    Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation is committed to support this project as part of Canadian faith communities in an effort to ensure the world’s most vulnerable people have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

    We are asking our CANADIAN Zoroastrian communities to support this worthy cause. The OZCF has formed a support web page titled “Zoroastrians for Love My Neighbour” and will also be encouraging other Zoroastrian organizations in Canada to support this worthwhile initiative. As a community of Canadian Zoroastrians, we are attempting to raise

    $25,000 which will help administer approximately 1000 vaccines to those in need.

    You will receive a tax receipt from UNICEF. That's where YOU come in!

    As of April 16, you, your friends, family and/or colleagues can donate to our “Zoroastrians for Love My Neighbour” project in partnership with UNICEF Canada. Each 2-dose vaccine will amount to a donation of $25 for a global neighbour. We need to spread the word across Canada in order to ignite the generosity Canadians are known for and ensure our poorest 4 billion global neighbours receive access to the lifesaving COVID vaccines in 2021. (The global partnership, COVAX, is currently aiming to vaccinate only 20% of this half of the globe in 2021!)

    Each donation will fund everything needed to deliver a 2-dose vaccine from the manufacturer to people in the world’s hardest-to-reach places. This includes the vaccines, per-person cost for transport, cold chain protection, health worker training, and safe disposal of needles and waste.

    How you can help!

    • This will help us track monies donated by Zoroastrians towards this cause.
    • Remember, all donors will receive tax receipts from UNICEF

    Join us in gifting forward, as we leverage our connections to end the global pandemic and help those most vulnerable.

    On behalf of the OZCF Board, thank you for your support and generosity.


    Xerxes Madan,

    President, OZCF

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:31 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    ZSO is looking for two Zarathusti Youth (16-35 years of age) to represent ZSO on the ZYNA Committee (FEZANA sub-committee). Deadline is April 23, 2021. 

    For any questions, please email Zamyad Meherji (AsstSecretary@zso.org).

    Apply Online

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:31 PM | ZSO Vice President (Administrator)

    March 18, 2021

    In recent days, many of our members have reached out to the ZSO Board requesting drop in visits to the MGDM. While we empathize with you all and the community at large, at this point as your elected board we do not consider it an appropriate time to reopen the Darbe Mehr for drop in visits. 

    We understand this is an auspicious time in our faith and community. However, the safety of the entire community is our first priority. 

    We will continue to accept requests for candles and sandalwood offerings on your behalf and livestream all religious events via our YouTube channel. Click here to submit your requests and to make arrangements for sandalwood and candle offerings

    We continue to keep abreast of the Government health requirements very closely and will work diligently on the reopening plans keeping safety of the community our top priority.

    With best wishes for A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Norooz.

    Norooz Pirooz!

    Board of Directors

    Zoroastrian Society of Ontario



  • Friday, January 29, 2021 4:10 PM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)

    We are so very encouraged with the overwhelming response to our initial appeal for donations, to supplement the ZSO’s income during the pandemic.

    We had established an ambitious target of $10,000 to be collected over 2 months, i.e., by the end of January. With your generosity, kind hearts and Zoroastrian spirit, your Board is pleased to inform you that total donations received exceeded our goal. We have collected $13,500.

    The ZSO current financial year ends on March 31, 2021 and the Board of Directors has launched a second appeal for donations, having set a target of $25,000 to be collected by March 31, 2021, to be directed once again towards ZSOs operating costs. Donations can be made online at ZSO.org/Donate using your PayPal account or credit card as well as by cheque made payable to “Zoroastrian Society of Ontario”. We are certain that fellow Zarthushtis will rise to the occasion once again and open their hearts to keep our shining Darbe Mehr blessing all of us for generations to come.

    Many members have inquired of ways that they can have candles lit on their behalf at the DM as well as offer sukhad to the fire during this continued lockdown. If you wish to avail of this service to light candles and offer sukhad on your behalf, we are pleased to offer a package to have 2 candles lit and offer 2 pieces of sukhad for $20. If you are interested in availing of this arrangement, please go to the ZSO website or contact the Assistant Treasurer Mehrnaz Dehmiri by email at assttreasurer@zso.org or Kersi Khambatta, Chairperson of the House & Garden Committee at goldkk101@hotmail.com or call him at 416-496-8285 with your name and date you wish to have the candles lit and sukhad offered, while supplies last. We also welcome donations of sukhad to replenish the available stock.

    We look forward to your participation and will be grateful to you to spread the word for this donation initiative, with no amount being too small or too large, in support of your Darbe Mehr.


    Thank you.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors,

    Mashya Amroliwalla 
    President
    Zoroastrian Society of Ontario
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:22 PM | Meherwan Wadia (Administrator)

    Direct link to provincial website message link, click here.

    Province Expands Support for Learners Program and Lowers Hydro Bills

    Toronto — The Ontario government is providing new financial supports for individuals, families and small businesses, as they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the province's health care system during the Provincewide Shutdown. The province is expanding the Support for Learners program to include secondary school students and lowering electricity prices to a discounted off-peak rate 24/7 for all time-of-use and tiered customers.

    Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy.

    "We are asking people to make greater sacrifices to help contain this deadly virus, whether that's staying home or asking their employees to work from home where possible," said Premier Ford. "In response, our government is providing people and businesses with additional financial relief to help them get through this very difficult period."

    In January 2021, students aged 13 through Grade 12 will be eligible for funding under an expanded Support for Learners program. Parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of $200 per eligible student to help offset education expenses. Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or who are homeschooled.

    As part of the Provincewide Shutdown, elementary students will be studying virtually until January 11, 2021. Secondary students in Northern Ontario will be studying virtually until January 11, 2021 and secondary students in Southern Ontario will be studying virtually until January 25, 2021. This additional funding will provide support for families impacted by these recent restrictions. While transmission in schools remains low, these approaches will help further limit community spread of COVID-19.

    "While Ontario schools remain safe, we won't take any chances following the holidays — we will pivot to teacher-led online learning to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," said Minister Lecce. "We are providing direct financial support to parents of elementary and now high school children to help them get through this pandemic."

    Application instructions will be available on the Support for Learners web page starting in January 2021. Secondary school student applications will be open from January 11, 2021 to February 8, 2021. The application deadline for Support for Learners for children or youth aged 0 to 12 and for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs is being extended to February 8, 2021.

    This support is part of over $900 million in direct financial support that the Ministry of Education has provided to parents since the start of the pandemic.

    To support people as they stay home during the Provincewide Shutdown, the government will hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 centsperkilowatt-hour for all time-of-use and tiered customers on a temporary basis starting January 1, 2021. This low rate will be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for a 28-day period. The off-peak price will automatically be applied to bills of all residential, small business, and farm customers who pay regulated rates. 

    "As we enter a Provincewide Shutdown, our government is ensuring that all households have stable and predictable electricity bills when they need it most," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "Staying home means using more electricity, especially during the day when electricity prices are usually higher. We will continue to support hardworking families and small businesses doing their part by staying home."

    The province is also making it easier for families and businesses to get the support they need to help pay their energy bills through the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP). Any residential, small business, or registered charity customer with an overdue electricity or natural gas bill will now be eligible to apply. A residential customer can receive up to $750 to help cover their electricity bill and an additional $750 for their natural gas bill. Small businesses can receive up to $1500 for each. Newly eligible customers can apply for these enhanced benefits through their local utility, starting in January 2021.

     

    QUICK FACTS

    • Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover provides a total of $13.5 billion in direct support for families, workers and employers, in addition to $11.3 billion in cash flow support.
    • As part of the commitment to keep students safe, the government made available $1.3 billion to support the safe reopening of schools - the most robust and comprehensive plan in the entire country. This includes an additional $381 million from the federal government’s Safe Return to Class Fund.
    • To date, the new Support for Learners program has received almost 1.3 million applications and provided more than $175 million in funding to support over 850,000 children and students since November 30, 2020.
    • According to data reported by school boards as of Friday, December 18: approximately 99.64 per cent of students in Ontario have not reported a case of COVID-19; approximately 92 per cent of schools across the province have had either no cases or one case reported within the last 14 days; and approximately 80 per cent of schools do not have a reported case of COVID-19.
    • In March, the government suspended time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour 24/7 for time-of-use residential, small business, and farm customers for a period of 45 days.
    • From June 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020, the government introduced a new fixed COVID-19 Recovery Rate of 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour to provide relief to time-of-use customers.


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