1- How long Parya has been in operation? Since 2002 as Federal Charity Organization
2- Who runs Parya? Ahmad Tabrizi, founder and president of Parya has been overseeing the operation of the center and the charity since inception. He has “volunteered” 16 years of his life to the center to help Iranian community and community in general.
3- How is Parya funded? Parya’s budget comes from funds and donations. Funds have come from municipality of York Region, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario government, Federal Government, RBC bank, and local funding organizations. Donations have been received from all members of community, small and large businesses, and through sponsorships.
4- Why is Parya always looking for donations if it is receiving funds from various sources? The center receives funds for specific program and position. These funds received for specific program cannot be used for the mortgage, repair, maintenance, cleaner fee, landscaping, alarm system, utilities, accounting fee, taxes, bank fees, and so on. Therefore we rely on donations to pay all above mentioned costs.
5- Who runs the ESL classes? All levels of ESL classes including TOFEL and senior’s ESL class on are run by York Catholic District School board. All hiring for teach positions are also done through the YCDSB.
6- Is Parya affiliated with any religion, political party, or any governments? Parya is not affiliated with any specific religion, religious groups, political parties, countries or believes. Parya is a center that is inclusive to all religions, believes, gender and sexual identities, minority groups, people with various abilities, all languages, all cultures as long as they all are respective, welcoming, accepting, and open to one another. Parya is a center made by Iranian community for all community in general.
7- Can youth complete community hours for high school in Parya? Yes, Parya is always recruiting youth to help with events, youth trips,
8- Can individuals complete community hours ordered by court in Parya? Yes, contact us for more information.
9- What type of volunteering positions are available in Parya? Translating of documents, interpreting for seniors and newcomers, driving seniors to their appointments, visiting lonely community members, mental health workers, shopping for sick individuals, calling and booking appointments for individuals with no English, and so on.
10- Does Parya accept donations and what forms?
· Parya accepts monetary donations and every amount above $25 will be issued a tax receipt. All amounts are welcomed.
· At Parya, we collect and accept NEW clothing donations during Christmas time for shelters.
· We also collect non-perishable food for Foodbank such as cans and dry foods during Christmas time.
· Community members can also donate to one day meal of our seniors program one Friday.
11- How we get information and news about Parya? Please sign up for newsletters on our site, check local newspapers or become a friend of Parya on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and visit our site regularly.
13- Are all service available to all community members? Yes, all services are available to all community members. The only exception would be Seniors day for Farsi speaking seniors on Fridays.
14- I am a youth, can I book a room for free to meet with other youth in Parya? Yes, call us for a date and time.
15- I have suggestions for events, programs, partnerships, feedbacks about services, who do I speak to or send my inquiry? Please send all your comments, feedbacks, or suggestions to or call 905-764-0202 x 108
16- How come Parya’s phone system has no “zero” to reach reception? Our phone system does not allow for “0” but extension 108 works as zero.
17- I have many talents and skills, can I ask for help from Parya to help me find employment? At Parya we can help you create flyer and post it in our lobby. Also we would be able to connect
18- Can I use the library everyday of the week? We are open 5 days a week and on weekends if there are events. Please call us or check our site to make sure we are open.
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