In 2001, the founder of Parya, Ahmad Reza Tabrizi, along with co-founders Zarrin Mohyeddin and Dr. Fahimeh Mortazavi decided to work together in order to establish a facility to provide culturally appropriate, Farsi-language services to the Iranian – Canadian community, particularly seniors. Their vision has since received much recognition, praise and support both by the community and the federal government. In 2002, after much consultation with members of the Iranian – Canadian community, similar ethno-cultural community groups and the federal government, Parya officially became an incorporated organization and a registered charity. Shortly after its establishment a board of directors was selected and the work of Parya began in earnest. We are grateful to the many people who have donated their time and money to ensure that we continue to offer quality and culturally appropriate services to the Iranian – Canadians in the GTA.
Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming space to meet the social and cultural needs of the Iranian-Canadian community with a special focus on providing programs and services to newcomers, youth and seniors. Our aim is to strengthen the capacity of the Farsi-speaking community and the community at large living in our area through education, social integration, community development and newcomer services.
To bring communities together by building sustainable brings between cultures, generations and diverse members under one roof.
To assist members of the community to better integrate and contribute to Canadian society as active citizens while still maintaining and celebrating their cultural heritage.
To facilitate healthy and successful settlement and integration to life in Canada by removing barriers, so that newcomers have full access to, and information on the programs and services available to them.
We at Parya believe that every person has the right to live, learn and work in an environment that treats all individuals with equality and respect. Hence ALL Parya programs are conducted free from any discrimination and exhibit fundamental respect for all people. We have zero tolerance for harassment and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, color, creed, age, marital status, family status or disability which are defined in the Human Rights Code as against the law. This policy applies to everyone associated with Parya including: employees, clients, volunteers, member of the Board of Directors, committee members, instructors and everyone who uses our spaces.