Ahmad Sakhavarz


Parya is a place where Iranian community finds a strong sense of fellowship and belonging. For newcomers, it fills the gap between the old and new homelands, and for the rest, the feeling of having a place to call home and always be welcomed. In Parya, Iranian art and culture is always alive.

Costas Menegakis

MP of Richmond Hill

Parya Community Centre is a shining example of what can be accomplished when the community comes together. Congratulations to the Parya Trillium Foundation family for all you do in providing important services to the GTA’s growing and dynamic Persian community.

David Miller

Former Mayor of Toronto

Congratulations to everyone involved for the success of Parya Trillium Foundation and Centre! Having been involved since the idea was a dream, I am so proud of the community for its success so far. The centre fills an important need, and delivers its programs and events with absolute excellence. Well done!

Dr. Abbas Milani

Author, Historian and Professor

The Parya Foundation is an impressive combination of selfless philanthropy and assertive community organization, of promoting new civic responsibility and preserving proud ancient traditions. A source of pride for all Iranians of Diaspora.

Dr. Reza Baraheni

Novelist, Poet & Professor

The organization called Parya, founded with the devoted efforts of Mr. Tabrizi, is an organization for immigrants of all nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Newcomers find all the help they need to establish in their new country. From language instruction to upgrading their skills, they get all the help they need to settle down and enter the workforce. Parya is also a home away from home for senior citizens who need to socialize and fill their lives with friendship, activities, field trips and educational and artistic programs.

Jian Ghomeshi

TV & Radio Broadcaster & Producer, Writer and Musician

Parya is an inspiring example of a community initiative done right. I'm proud to see it happen. This has been a notable advance for Persian Canadians in the greater Toronto area.

Maz Jobrani

Actor and Stand-up Comedian

Parya Foundation is one of the only organizations I've seen around the world that has been able to set up a community centre for Iranians outside of Iran. They serve an invaluable role for all Iranian-Canadians.

Michael Chan

MPP of Markham-Unionville

The Parya Trillium Foundation is a wonderful organization that is good for the community and good for Ontario.

Shabnam Tolouei

Actress, Theatre Director and Playwright

A welcoming cultural venue with qualified & caring crew. During my theatre performances in Parya, as an Iranian artist in exile, I really felt at home. Thanks to Mr. Tabrizi!

Soheil Parsa

Actor, Theater Director, Producer & Dramaturge

Parya is not just a building. It is a vision that offers hope, self-worth and that kind of support to those who don’t have that network to rely on.

Sohrab Akhavan

Producer & Director

In the line of helping each other, I was very satisfied to see how well Parya is managing this task. I hope Parya be a role model for all Iranian foundations around the world.

Touka Neyestani


As an Iranian immigrant and a newcomer to Toronto a few things have stunned me. Parya Foundation is one among my jubilations. For me Parya is a representation of hardship spent in exodus that signifies a comprehensive loneliness lived in estranged places: a symbol of an ongoing transfiguration of a frail minority of people to a developing and rising community. I believe there are a lot of people who share this.