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دوره پنجم - 2013

مجمع عمومی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در تاریخ یکشنبه 11 می 2014  از ساعت 3 تا 6 بعدازظهر در سیویک سنتر نورت یورک برگزار می شود.

اسامی کاندیداهای عضویت در هیئت مدیره کنگره به قرار زیر می باشد:
بهروز آموزگار
 مهدی امین
فرهنگ فرید
رضا قاضی
امیلی هودی
داود کفایی
شهرام نامور آزاد
آرشام پارسی
بهمن رودگرنیا
مهدی شمس
آرشاک شجاعی
http://salamtoronto.ca/?p=21195

 

The 2014 ICC AGM:

Date: Sunday May 11, 2014
Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, North York

Updated List of Candidates for the Board of Directors

The Candidates that wish to stand for the Board of Directors in the 2014-2015 year are as follows:

Mehdi Amin,
Behrouz Amouzgar,
Farhang Farid,
Reza Ghazi,
Emily Houdi,
Davod Kafai,
Shahram Namvarazad,
Arsham Parsi,
Bahman Roudgarnia,
Mehdi Shams,
Arshak Shojaei

In addition, the following nominees have indicated they do not meet the one (1) year requirement set out in the current ICC By-Laws and have requested a Special Motion at the AGM to exempt them from this requirement. Because the new ICC By-Laws have been revised to reduce the requirement to three (3) months and that these new By-Laws will be put forward for approval at this year's AGM, the Board of Directors believes it is in the best interests of the ICC to have many candidates involved in the upcoming elections and to allow the Members to decide if such waiver of the requirement should be granted:

Emily Houdi
Shahram Namvarazad

 http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-agm-2014-0#sthash.2hYPxorr.dpuf

 

May 10, 2014
REMINDER 2014 AGM: New ICC By-Laws, Membership Form, and Proxy Application Form

Dear Members,

The Iranian Canadian Congress would like to remind you of the AGM taking place on Sunday, May 11th and to provide you with the attached important documents.

New By-Laws

Attached are the new By-Laws to be presented for approval by the Members of the ICC. These By-Laws are the culmination of a year long process that commenced last June and completed in April, following an open invitation to Members to provide comments and attend a feedback and consultation session.

These revised By-Laws have rectified many practical issues and governance concerns that the old By-Laws did not adequately address. We expect that these By-Laws will serve the ICC well but will always be subject to further revision by approval of the Members as future issues may arise. 2014 ICC AGM Proxy Application Form

Membership Form

All Members attending on Sunday to vote will be required to complete the attached Membership Form. If you can print it out prior to attending, it will allow for the processing and registration of your membership to be expedited. There will be forms available onsite in the event you cannot complete one in advance. Please don't forget to bring your government issued ID (Driver's licence, Health Card, Passport, etc) along with payment of your $10 Membership Fee.

Proxy Application Form

For those of you that will not be able to attend the 2014 ICC AGM but would like to vote by way of proxy ballot, we ask that you complete the attached Proxy Application and send it with the individual you would like to designate as your proxy holder to vote on your behalf. Please note a photocopy of your government issued ID (Driver's licence, Health Card, Passport, etc) along with payment of your $10 Membership Fee are required in order for you Proxy Application Form to be accepted and for your designated proxy voter to receive a ballot to vote on your behalf. Please also note that each Member is only entitled to act as a proxy holder on behalf of one person.

We look forward to seeing you on May 11th.

Sincerely,

Dr Farrokh Zandi, President of the Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-agm-2014-updates#sthash.sMdfLcKG.dpuf

 
 
May 07, 2014

April 30, 2014
ICC Election 2014 is created
Kavoos Soofi is the admin

April 29, 2014
2014 AGM: New ICC By-Laws,
Proxy Application Form, and Candidates Updated List
 

The ICC was formed in 2007 as a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian-Canadians by promoting and protecting their rights and interests and encouraging their participation in Canadian society. Dear Members,

Attached are two important documents related to the upcoming 2014 ICC AGM as well as an updated candidate list set out below.

New By-Laws

Attached are the new By-Laws to be presented for approval by the Members of the ICC. These By-Laws are the culmination of a year long process that commenced last June and completed in April, following a second open invitation to Members to provide comments and attend a feedback and consultation session. These revised By-Laws have rectified many practical issues and governance concerns that the old By-Laws did not adequately address. We expect that these By-Laws will serve the ICC well but will always be subject to further amendments by future iterations of the Board of Directors and with the final approval of Members.

Click here to view the document: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/4e20df9d038fee3aa93ca69f2/files/New_ICC_By_Laws.pdf

2014 ICC AGM Proxy Application Form

For those of you that will not be able to attend the 2014 ICC AGM but would like to vote by way of proxy ballot, we ask that you complete the attached Proxy Application Form and send it with the individual you would like to designate as your proxy holder to vote on your behalf. Please note a photocopy of your government issued ID (Driver's licence, Health Card, Passport, etc) along with payment of your $10 Membership Fee are required in order for your Proxy Application Form to be accepted and for your designated proxy holder to receive a ballot to vote on your behalf. Please also note that each Member is only entitled to act as a proxy holder on behalf of one person.

Click here to view the document: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/4e20df9d038fee3aa93ca69f2/files/2014_ICC_AGM_Proxy_Application_Form.pdf

Updated List of Candidates for the Board of Directors

The Candidates that wish to stand for the Board of Directors in the 2014-2015 year are as follows:

Mehdi Amin, Behrouz Amouzgar, Farhang Farid, Reza Ghazi, Davod Kafai, Arsham Parsi, Bahman Roudgarnia, Mehdi Shams, Arshak Shojaei

In addition, the following nominees have indicated they do not meet the one (1) year requirement set out in the current ICC By-Laws and have requested a Special Motion at the AGM to exempt them from this requirement. Because the new ICC By-Laws have been revised to reduce the requirement to three (3) months and that these new By-Laws will be put forward for approval at this year's AGM, the Board of Directors believes it is in the best interests of the ICC to have many candidates involved in the upcoming elections and to allow the Members to decide if such waiver of the requirement should be granted:

Emily Houdi Shahram Namvarazad

We look forward to seeing you on May 11th.

Sincerely,

Dr Farrokh Zandi, President of the Iranian Canadian Congress

April 28, 2014
ICC AGM May 11, 2014

Dear Members,

This message is to remind you that the 2014 ICC AGM is only two weeks away and to provide you with important information for the AGM:

AGM Details

The details of the AGM are as follows:

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014 Place: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street) Time: 3:00-6:00pm

The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting has been established as follows:

Introduction Treasurer's Report Motion to Adopt New By-Laws Motion to Waive One Year Eligibility Requirement for Candidates Requiring Exemption Candidate Speeches Elections Announcement of Results Adjournment

New By-Laws

Attached are the new By-Laws to be presented for approval by the Members of the ICC. These By-Laws are the culmination of a year long process that commenced last June and completed in April, following an open invitation to Members to provide comments and attend a feedback and consultation session. These revised By-Laws have rectified many practical issues and governance concerns that the old By-Laws did not adequately address. We expect that these By-Laws will serve the ICC well but will always be subject to further revision by approval of the Members as future issues may arise.

Candidates for the Board of Directors

The Candidates that wish to stand for the Board of Directors in the 2014-2015 year are as follows:

Mehdi Amin, Behrouz Amouzgar, Farhang Farid, Reza Ghazi, Davod Kafai, Arsham Parsi, Bahman Roudgarnia, Mehdi Shams, Arshak Shojaei

In addition, the following nominees have indicated they do not meet the one (1) year requirement set out in the current ICC By-Laws and have requested a Special Motion at the AGM to exempt them from this requirement. Because the new ICC By-Laws have been revised to reduce the requirement to three (3) months and that these new By-Laws will be put forward for approval at this year's AGM, the Board of Directors believes it is in the best interests of the ICC to have many candidates involved in the upcoming elections and to allow the Members to decide if such waiver of the requirement should be granted:

Emily Houdi, Shervin Rismani, Shahram Namvarazad

We look forward to an exciting AGM. Please remember to bring a piece of government issued photo ID and note that each member is only permitted to vote on behalf of one proxy,

Thank you, Dr. Farrokh Zandi, President, ICC Board of Directors

April 24, 2014
ICC Board Nominations by April 25

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

The Board of Directors wish to remind you that the deadline for nominations to stand as a candidate for the Board of Directors at the upcoming 2014 ICC AGM is this Friday, April 25th at 11:59pm.

All Members that wish to stand as a candidate must submit their nomination application to the following email [insert email] at that time.

We encourage all Members that meet the requirements as set out in the current By-Laws of the ICC to consider standing as a candidate for the Board.

Sincerely, ICC Board of Directors

April 8, 2014
2014 AGM and Call for Nominations

Dear Members,
The 2014 Annual General Meeting ("AGM") of the Iranian Canadian Congress has been set for Sunday, May 11, 2014 and the nomination period for candidates for the Board of Directors is hereby open and will close at 11:59pm on Friday, April 25, 2014 (the "Nomination Period").
The details of the AGM are as follows:
Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Place: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street)
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
All Members that wish to stand as a candidate for the Board of Directors and that are eligible pursuant to Section 2 of the current ICC By-Laws set out below are invited to nominate themselves at the e-mail address:
 info@iccongress.ca by the end of the Nomination Period (11:59pm on Friday, April 25, 2014).
SECTION 2. Nomination
I. Eligibility
The Nominees and directors shall meet the following criteria:
(a) Except for the nominees at the first meeting of the members, they must have been regular members in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the election.
(b) They must be 21 years old or older
(c) They must be Canadian citizens
(d) They must have lived in Canada for at least five years in aggregate
(e) They must have not been convicted of a criminal offence.
When submitting your nomination, please include a picture, professional resume, and a short (300 words max.) statement about why you are running for the Board. These items will be posted on the ICC website upon close of the Nomination Period.
The Board of Directors believes that a better Iranian Canadian Congress depends on your active engagement with this democratic process and looks forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Sincerely,
Dr Farrokh Zandi
President of the Iranian Canadian Congress
http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-agm-2014#sthash.gf5dfbWH.dpuf
 
March 30, 2014
Draft ICC By-Laws

Dear Members,

At the onset of this year, one of the four priorities set out in the ICC 2013-2014 Strategic Plan was the modernization of the ICC's By-Laws. Since last summer, the ICC By-Laws Committee has worked towards preparing a new draft set of By-Laws, which we are now pleased to present to you for further suggestions and feedback.

Before the final draft of the By-Laws is prepared, we invite all Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress to review them here as By-Laws and Comparison and to attend an upcoming Consultation and Feedback Session with any suggestions you may have. The details of the Consultation and Feedback Session are:

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Time: 7:00-9:00pm Place: North York Civic Centre, Committee Room #2 (Mel Lastman Square)

In the event you cannot attend the Consultation and Feedback Session, we invite you to provide your feedback and suggestions via email to info@iccongress.ca by April 15, 2014.

We thank the tireless volunteer Members of the By-Laws Committee that have met throughout the year to prepare these proposed Draft By-Laws. After accounting for suggestions received from Members, we will present the final draft of the By-Laws to be ratified at this year's Annual General Meeting in May.

Sincerely,

Dr. Farrokh Zandi, President of the Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March 29 2014
SECOND ANNUAL ICC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
The Iranian Canadian Congress invites you to its SECOND ANNUAL ICC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA, celebrating the accomplishments of the Iranian-Canadian community in a variety of fields. At this prestigious awards ceremony, the ICC will present awards to a number of stellar individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian society.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 10th, 2014. Tickets will not be available at the door and will only be sold in advance. We hope you will join us in celebrating our community's achievements.

THE ICC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA DATE: APRIL 25, 2014 VENUE: Le Parc Banquet 8432 Leslie St. Thornhill, ON L3T 7M6

TIME: 6:30 (Registration) 7:30 (Awards Ceremony Followed by Dinner)

TICKETS: $75

You can purchase tickets by calling the ICC office at 647-429-1834 or sending an email to tickets@iccongress.ca

**To nominate an outstanding member of the Iranian-Canadian community please click on this (link)

http://iccongress.ca/announcement/second-annual-icc-achievement-awards-gala 

شمس شاهرخی یکی از دریافت کنندگان لوحه تقدیر

 

(کلیه اطلاعات سال های 2012 و 2013 توسط بیژن احمدی از سایت کنگره حذف شده اند.)

نوروز 1393 خجسته باد
تحویل سال ساعت 12:57 بعد از ظهر پنجشنبه 20 مارچ بوقت انتاریو
تبریک سال نو و صدور تأییدیه برای گرفتن مرخصی درروز پنجشنبه 20 مارچ برای ایرانیان در انتاریو
کنگزه ایرانیان کانادا ضمن شادباش گویی نوروزی برای اعضاء ، آرزوی شادکامی و بهروزی برای هموطنان ، باطلاع میرساند که آمادگی دارد برای کمک و تسهیل در گرفتن مرخصی روز پنجشنبه 20 مارچ، نامه تأییدیه نوروزبنام هموطنان صادر کند. لازم به یاد آوری است که اگر چه نوروز در کانادا بعنوان عید و تعطیل رسمی برای ایرانیان برسمیت شناخته شده است، ولی در تقویم های رسمی آنرا روز اول فروردین برابر با 21 مارچ در نظر میگیرند که امسال زمان مناسب را برای بزرگداشت نوروز درهنگام تحویل سال که لازمه اش جمع شدن خانواده ها دور سفره هفت سیناست، فراهم نمیکند
برای اطلاعات بیشترمیتوانید باکنگره ایرانیان با ایمیل وشماره تلفن زیرتماس بگیرید.

Tell: 647-429-1834
info@iccongress.ca
با بهترین آرزو ها در سال نو
کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

March 09, 2014
CALL FOR NOMINATION 2014 ICC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ABOUT THE IRANIAN CANADIAN CONGRESS

The ICC was formed in 2007 as a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian-Canadians by promoting and protecting their rights and interests and encouraging their participation in Canadian society.

فراخوان کنگره ایرانیان برای معرفی فعالان فرهنگی ,هنری و اجتماعی دومین جشن سالانه کنگره ایرانیان برای شناخت و قدردانی از فعالان ایرانی در کانادا موضوع: فعالیت و همیاری درجامعه آی سی سی افتخار دارد که دومین برنامه "دست آورد ها" را ساماندهی کرده و در آن از افراد جامعه برای دستاوردهای برجسته شخصی و نیز شرکتشان در همیاری به جامعه ایرانیان در کانادا تجلیل بعمل آورد ما از اعضای جامعه ایرانی درخواست میکنیم افرادی را که در یکی از سه حوزه : توسعه جامعه ، فرهنگ و هنر ، و انسان دوستی خدمات برجسته ای به جامعه ارائه کرده اند، را معرفی نمایند.یک کمیته گزینش که توسط آی سی سی تعیین شده است درخواست ها برای کاندیداتوری را بررسی و یک لیست کوتاه از کاندیداها را انتخاب خواهد کرد واز این افراد در مراسم جشن دست آورد ها که در 25 آوریل 2014 برگزار میشود تجلیل بعمل خواهد آمد. از شما درخواست میشود کاندیدای خود را همراه با اطلاعات مربوطه معرفی نمایید :
1. شرح مختصری از بیوگرافی کاندیدای خود از جمله حرفه و فعالیت ها یشان
2. رزومه حرفه ای کاندیدا
3. اشاره به حوزه ای که برای آن کاندید خود را نامزد کرده اید
4. شرح چگونگی مشارکت و همیاری کاندیدای شما به جامعه در کانادا و اینکه به چه دلیل این کاندیدا شایستگی تجلیل در این جشن را دارد - حداکثر در 500 کلمه

Iranian Canadian Congress :آدرس P.O. Box. 53058 10 Royal Orchard Blvd, Thornhill ON. L3T3C0 info@iccongress.ca :ایمیل برای اطلاعات بیشتر می توانید با کنگره با این شماره تلفن تماس بگیرید 647-429-1834 :تلفن

Call for nomination ICC Achievement Awards- Community Contribution The ICC has the privilege of organizing an achievement event to honour individual members of the community for their outstanding personal achievements as well as their contribution to the community of Iranians in Canada. We solicit the Iranian Community members to nominate individuals who have distinguished themselves for their outstanding contributions to the community in one of the three areas: community development, arts and culture, and philanthropy. A selection committee nominated by the ICC will process the nomination forms and will select a short list of candidates who will be recognized at the Achievement Awards Gala on April 25, 2014. In order for your nomination forms to be considered, we ask that you provide the following information:
* Brief biography of your candidate including their career and activities
* The candidate's professional resume
* Indicating the category for which your candidate is nominated
* Explaining the way your candidate has contributed to the community in Canada and why this candidate deserves to be recognized at the Gala in maximum 500 words.
Please note: the deadline for the nomination is by the March 30th. Please submit your application by Email: info@iccongress.ca Or mail it to : Iranian Canadian Congress P.O. Box. 53058 10 Royal Orchard Blvd, Thornhill ON. L3T3C0 Please feel free to call us at 647-429-1834.

March 8, 2014
Nowruz Greeting from the PM & ICC response
 

ICC Response to Prime Minister's Nowruz Greeting Video

Right Honourable Steven Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

On behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress, I write with great appreciation to thank you for your warm Nowruz greeting and for acknowledging the Iranian Canadian community's concern in regards to the error by a member of the government in reference to Persian Gulf. Prime Minister, Iranians from regardless of their political ideologies and ethnicities are traditionally very sensitive over the historical name of the waterway known as Persian Gulf, and as such we would like to express our profound gratitude to you for taking time to address our community's concern.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Farrokh zandi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/nowruz-greeting-pm-icc-response#sthash.pKIIUFzB.dpuf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbeo5siEbCw

January 19, 2014
Persian Gulf: A Letter to Honourable John Baird
 

The Honourable John Baird, P.C., M.P.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs

On behalf of the Board of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) I am writing to express our concern about your reference to Persian Gulf as Arabian Gulf in your speech to the US Chamber of Commerce on January 16, 2014.

Minister Baird, the term Arabian Gulf is historically incorrect, politically charged, and ethnically divisive. The term "Arabian Gulf" was originally devised to create division between Arabs and non-Arabs in the Middle East by Pan-Arabism movements approximately fifty years ago.  It has since been used as a propaganda tool to foster dissension and instability within the region.  Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein employed the term to legitimize his territorial ambitions and generate discord among Arabs and Iranians in the Middle East.  And Osama Bin Laden and other al Qaeda figures have used it to appeal for their cause and exploit potential ethnic divisions.

It is a proven scholarly fact that the name of the Persian Gulf for the body of water between the Iranian plateau and the Arabian Peninsula is a genuine name, with historical roots. The Persian Gulf has been known and recognized as such for more than 2,500 years, and official legal judgments from the United Nations have codified its use internationally. In 550 B.C., the Achaemenid Empire established the first Persian Empire in Pars (Persis, or modern Fars) in the southwestern region of the Iranian plateau. Consequently in the Greek sources, the body of water that bordered this province came to be known as the Persian Gulf.  And in the United States, Persian Gulf has been the correct term used by the State Department's Board of Geographical Names in 1917.

Minister Baird, Canadians of Iranian origin regard the Government of Canada a genuine friend of the people of Iran. And the ICC, as the sole elected representative body within the community, extends its sincere appreciation to the Government of Canada for its genuine interest in the input of the Iranian-Canadian community as well as its leadership role in supporting the people of Iran.  Furthermore, the ICC acknowledges and the Minister’s recent tweet calling for the release of Heshmat Tabarzadi and other Iranian prisoners and on behalf of its members expresses its profound thanks.

However, emotions always run high among Iranians when it comes to Iran’s territorial integrity, history, culture and civilization. Iranians revere their Persian heritage and culture. Their culture has outlasted Alexander the Great, the Muslims, and the Mongols and other invaders. Even though the ICC believes the utterance of the “Arabian Gulf” was probably intended to get a rise out of the ruling mullahs, with whom no free-minded Iranian wish to be identified, it was an unfortunate remark.

Minister Baird, we Iranian-Canadians passionately love both our mother land and our adopted home Canada that has welcomed and treated us with dignity and respect. Our faith in the constitution of this great land and in its democratic political system have long led us to believe that the government of Canada will continue to stay on the right side of history and will correct the record and provide clear guidance that "Persian Gulf" remains the correct and officially sanctioned term for Government of Canada.

 Yours sincerely,
Dr. Farrokh Zandi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/persian-gulf-letter-honourable-john-baird#sthash.OlIgEOId.dpuf 
January 06, 2014
Happy New Year: 2014

Dear Friends,

The Iranian Canadian Congress would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year! We hope your 2014 is filled with continued good health, success, and joy.

Last month, the ICC was pleased to host it's second Forum, titled "Iranian Canadian Candidates Meet & Greet." The event was well received by attendees and it was confirmed that the ICC would host additional Candidate Meet & Greet Forums in 2014. 

We are also pleased to announce that the ICCs 2014 Achievement Awards Gala will take place on Friday, April 25th. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on what will be a night to remember!

Until then, we remain committed to serving your needs. Feel free to contact us to find out how you can get involved with the ICC and how we can serve you better.

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress 

http://iccongress.ca/nye-2014#sthash.uG6Z79lZ.dpuf
Thursday Dec. 12, 2013
ICC Forum: Iranian Canadian Candidates Meet and Greet
 
In order to further encourage the democratic engagement of the Iranian Canadian community in Canadian civics and politics, the ICC invites you to its next Forum on Thursday, December 12, 2013 titled "Iranian Canadian Candidates Meet and Greet."  The purpose of the Forum is to permit members of our community to become acquainted with the various candidates that have stepped forth to represent our best interests at various levels of government.  As this is a free event, we invite you and your friends, families, and neighbours to join us on what will be an informative and inspirational evening. 
 
The details of the event are:
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Place: North York Council Chambers, Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
 
Sincerely,
Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress
 http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-forum-iranian-canadian-candidates-meet-and-greet-thursday-dec-12-2013#sthash.L7QTuBDg.dpuf
Statement Regarding Dr Moridi‏

The Iranian Canadian Congress expresses its deepest sympathies to the Moridi family for the loss of their beloved son, Mahyar Moridi.

http://iccongress.ca/articles/statement-regarding-dr-moridi‏#sthash.iCnH5rL2.dpuf
ICC Hosts First Community Roundtable for 2013

October 23, 2013

On Wednesday, October 16th, the Iranian Canadian Congress ("ICC") hosted a Community Roundtable with over 30 leaders of various community associations to provide updates on the ICC's 2013 strategic plans that included its plan of spreading the ICC nationally to other Canada's major cities such as Vancouver as well as to discuss the upcoming Liberal nomination in the riding of Willowdale.

The three present Willowdale candidates, Ms. Lily Pourzand, Mr. Ali Ehsassi and Mr. David Mousavi, introduced themselves to the Roundtable and stated their election platform. Mr. Jowhari's bio, another Iranian candidate in the upcoming federal election who could not be available, was read out by Mr. Missaghi. Mr. Ali Ghiasi, another possible candidate in the upcoming federal election also introduced himself to the Roundtable. The key campaign points which appeared to be shared by all candidate included the current government immigration process, youth unemployment, university tuition fees. The Roundtable then made several suggestions as to how to help the candidates and specifically how to resolve the apparent conflict in the candidacy of three Iranian candidates from the same riding. While there were some diverse opinions, the collective wisdom was that all candidates stay in the race and the community throw its support behind all three candidates to avoid the potential vote splitting. It was also suggested that the candidates be provided with further opportunities, including those to be organized by the ICC, to debate their positions.

This ICC's initiative which for the first time brought together such a large number of community activists as well as the leaders of community organizations is viewed to have started a dialogue between the candidates themselves as well as between the candidates and the Iranian community at large that is promising to shape up the role of Iranian Canadians in the political landscape of Canada. The ICC wishes all three candidates success and thanks the various community leaders that attended to share their wisdom and guidance.

Sincerely,

Dr. Farrokh Zandi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

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October 2, 2013
ICC Announces Committee Groups and Registration
 

Dear Members,

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the launch of ICC committee groups. We have selected four to develop this year and plan to add more in the long term. We kindly encourage your involvement and participation in further developing and strengthening our community by joining a committee. 

Once you have reviewed the information below please inform the Board of the committee and/or sub group you wish to register with. We are also available to respond to your questions and comments. 

Committee: Policy and Planning 
1) Sub Groups 
i) Structural and organization development 
ii) Bylaw revisions 
iii) National infrastructure development 

Committee: Public Relations
2) Sub Groups 
i) Marketing and Communications 

ii) Social Media

Committee: Community Development
3) Sub Groups 
i) Relationship building
ii) Round Tables
iii) Forum Series

Committee: Fundraising/Grants 
4) Sub Groups 
i) Annual fundraising Goals/Donations
ii) Grant Writing

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-announces-committee-groups-and-registration#sthash.kMBBB7bz.dpuf
ICC Holds Inaugural Forum, "A Celebration of Our Diversity"

AUGUST 4, 2013 

 

The Iranian Canadian Congress held its inaugural forum titled, “A Celebration of Our Diversity” on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the North York Civic Centre’s Member’s Lounge.

 

The public forum, part of ICC’s Forum Series initiative, was a free event and featured special guest speakers invited to share their unique experiences as Iranian Canadians. The forum, moderated by ICC's Vice President David Mousavi, had more than 30 participants-- including dignitary speakers Costas Menegakis, MP Richmond Hill, and Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill and Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation. Mr. Menegakis, also a member of the Greek Canadian community, applauded the ICC for hosting a discussion on diversity and opening a Forum Series where individuals may talk openly about complex issues affecting their community.

 

*Mehrnoush Ahmadi, an active member of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, shared her experiences living in three different countries, Iran, Switzerland, and Canada and juxtaposed their educational systems and the social interactions among people in these societies.

 

Tina Binesh, a successful university student, shared her experiences as a child raised and educated in Iran and her transition from the grade 10 year to the Canadian education system. Ms. Binesh emphasized the importance of mentoring for students and mentioned the names of individuals who have assisted and guided her throughout her studies.

 

Peyvand Mossavat, a former professional soccer player and top Ontario soccer coach, shared his personal story as a black Iranian Canadian. Mr. Mossavat explained the positive effects of a diverse society and compared the different perceptions of the concept of diversity in Iran and Canada. He noted that the Iranian Canadian community should embrace the diversity within it and utilize it in positive ways on a global platform. Additionally, Mr. Mossavat suggested proactive tips on how to engage Iranian Canadian youth in our community.

 

Following the talks participants enjoyed beverages and pastries and had the opportunity to mingle with one another.

 

The key message throughout the discussions was the importance of dialogue and information sharing in developing and strengthening our community. The ICC believes opportunities which allow individuals to share their personal stories will expose unique perspectives and help future generations understand the diversity that exists in our community. 
 

The next Forum will take place this fall. We look forward to see you there!

 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress 

*Samira Mohyeddin, restaurateur, actor, and writer, was set to speak at the series but was unable to attend due to an emergency. Ms. Mohyeddin plans to join the ICC as a guest speaker for an upcoming forum. 

 

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-holds-inaugural-forum-celebration-our-diversity#sthash.qamDBuRe.dpuf

July 25, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Reza Moridi and Costas Menegakis (MP, Richmond Hill) will be joining us on Sunday afternoon for our first forum. See you there! More info on iccongress.ca

July 29, 2013
The ICC is honoured to announce the following additions to our Advisory Board:

Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam
Mr. Fereydoun Zahedi
Mr. Manouher Missaghi

Dr. Fatemeh Mansourifar Shams

***IMPORTANT*** 
Dear members, we have been experiencing technical difficulties with our membership list since May. As a result, some of our members have informed us that they are not receiving ICC's newsletters. If you have registered on the ICC site for the 2013 year but are not receiving our newsletters, please et us know: info@iccongress.ca
Zahra Kazemi; Ten Years Since Her Murder

July 14, 2013

July 11, 2013 marked ten years since the death of Canadian photojournalist, Zahra "Ziba" Kazemi, in her native homeland of Iran.  This incident made international headlines due to the circumstances leading up to her death and the diplomatic tensions that arose when Canada's attempts to advocate on her behalf were met with refusals by the Islamic Republic of Iran to acknowledge her Canadian citizenship.

Since then, evidence has come to light that Ms. Kazemi was the victim of murder. Her family has initiated proceedings in Canadian courts to pursue legal action against the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to achieve justice for her death.   In early December of this year, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments on whether Canadians will have the right to hold foreign countries accountable for crimes committed against Canadian citizens while abroad.

As this will be a historical legal development in Canada, the ICC will keep you updated on the topic and, following the hearings, will host a Forum comprised of a panel of legal experts to provide analysis about the arguments made and the importance of the case.

Until then, we wish the Kazemi Family all the best in what has certainly been difficult times and hope they may obtain the justice they so rightly deserve.

For more information on Zahra Kazemi, please visit the Ziba Kazemi Foundation online.

Sincerely,

Dr Farrokh Zandi,
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/zahra-kazemi-ten-years-her-murder#sthash.o48qDILw.dpuf
Tirgan, Largest Iranian Festival Launches Next Week

July 11, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013 will mark the launch of another Tirgan, the world's largest Iranian festival.  This biennial occasion will be held at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto until Sunday, July 21. Organizers forecast that Tirgan will attract more than one hundred thousand local and international patrons eager to celebrate Iranian culture and diversity through the arts.  The festival will feature various performances-- from symphonic renditions to dramatic performances-- and feature prominent guests, including Firouz Naderi, scientist and a director for NASA, and Anousheh Ansari, engineer and the first Iranian in space. Visit Tirgan's official website for more information on the festival. 

The Iranian Canadian Congress wishes to recognize the planning and management team of Tirgan. They serve as a testament to the spirit of teamwork and unity within our community. 

The ICC Board of Directors congratulates Tirgan's countless organizers and volunteers for their tireless efforts and also wishes festival goers a wonderful Tirgan!

Sincerely,

Dr. Farrokh Zandi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/tirgan-largest-iranian-festival-launches-next-week#sthash.pdAwy1ix.dpuf
July 1, 2013
ICC Wishes Members a Happy Canada Day and Announces First Forum

Dear Members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to extend well wishes to you and your family on this special Canada Day. 146 years ago today, founding First Nations, French, and English peoples came together in the spirit of partnership and unity. 

146 years later, that same partnership consists of countless communities, including our own, which have joined in with that spirit to build a model for humanity in the years to come.  Throughout the decades Canadian identity has extended beyond race and religion and includes other aspects of diversity, such as LGBT rights; these rights were celebrated in Toronto this weekend at Pride and commemorated in June on the 10th anniversary of Canada's first same-sex marriage.  Today, we reflect on and celebrate our adopted homeland. It has welcomed people from all around the world and provided an opportunity for a better life for us and our generations to come.  In return, we have integrated and strengthened Canada socially, politically and economically.  Most importantly, we have added another layer to Canada's beautiful multiculturalism and diversity. 

In this spirit, the Iranian Canadian Congress is pleased to announce its first Forum to be held on Sunday, July 28th titled, "Celebrating Iranian Canadian Diversity".  More details will follow soon. 

Until then, may you enjoy a safe and happy Canada Day.   

Sincerely, Dr Farrokh Zandi President  Iranian Canadian Congress
 

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-wishes-members-happy-canada-day-and-announces-first-forum#sthash.JsnlH4Ve.dpuf
Bylaw Revisions Committee Set to Conduct First Meeting

June 27, 2013

This is a friendly reminder that the ICC Bylaws will undergo revisions in the coming weeks by a members-only committee. The Board of Directors wishes to thank those who have so far expressed interest to join this committee.

ICC members who wish to get involved with the Bylaw Revisions Committee should contact the Board of Directors by July 1, 2013. You may send an email to info@iccongress.ca or leave us a voice message at (647) 429-1834.

We look forward to hear from you.

- Board of Directors
  Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/bylaw-revisions-committee-set-conduct-first-meeting#sthash.LTtQuUR7.dpuf
ICC Recognizes World Refugee Day

June 20, 2013

The Iranian Canadian Congress wishes to recognize World Refugee Day, which is commemorated on the 20th of June. Toronto is home to one of the largest Iranian communities outside Iran, and we have contributed greatly to Canadian society. Among our most successful members are people who arrived in Canada as refugees. 

It is important that the Iranian Canadian community recognizes World Refugee Day, in particular the struggle of Iranians who are currently seeking asylum or who have newly arrived to Canada. With the current political climate in the Middle East, the number of people seeking asylum from various countries has increased significantly. The results have been long line ups and waiting lists at United Nations headquarters. There are currently thousands of Iranians who are faced with great hardships in countries such as Turkey and Iraq as they anxiously await their chance of asylum. According to numerous asylum seekers, the average reported time on receiving a response from the UN may range from one to three years. Most often during this waiting time asylum seekers are not legally permitted to earn wages. 

On this important day, the ICC requests from Canadian authorities to treat Iranian refugee cases with increased sensitivity in order to reduce the number of Iranians facing the threat of deportation. With three Canadian residents currently imprisoned in Iran it is evident that it is impossible to determine with certainty which asylum seekers would be safe from persecution in Iran. It is always a dangerous risk for Iranians who have sought asylum on Canadian soil to be deported to Iran.

Sincereley,

Dr. Farrokh Zandi
President, 
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-recognizes-world-refugee-day#sthash.CRzlGpVS.dpuf
ICC Welcomes Canada’s Support of Iranians in 2013 Election

June 14, 2013

The Iranian Canadian Congress welcomes Canada’s recent joint initiative with the Munk School, which provides Iranians a platform for dialogue engagement, and its stance on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s 2013 Presidential elections. In an official statement released yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister, the Honourable John Baird encouraged the people of Iran to make their voices heard. “Whether Iranian voters confide to close friends, express their criticism of the election through satire, cast a protest vote, participate in an online virtual vote or boycott the election altogether, Canada commends the bravery of all those who express their desire for freedom,” he said.

The Canadian government and media have been calling on people in Iran and Iranian Canadians to make their voices heard regarding their take on today’s election.

 The ICC recognizes the Islamic Republic as a dictatorship regime and therefore considers the June 14 Presidential election in Iran undemocratic and unlawful. The regime’s denial of the Iranian people’s basic human rights and refusal to follow fair due process in its electoral or judicial system greatly concern the ICC. We wish the people of Iran one day gain their right to free and fair elections and enjoy basic freedoms that we are so blessed with in Canada.

Additionally, the ICC commends all members of Canada’s Parliament for their unanimous consent earlier this month to pass a motion recognizing the mass political executions carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran in summer 1988. The motion-- which was jointly presented by Conservative MP James Bezan, NDP MP Paul Dewar and Liberal MP Irwin Cotler-- condemns the “mass murders as constituting crimes against humanity, honors the memory of the victims buried in mass graves at Khavaran cemetery and other locations in Iran, and establishes September 1st as a day of solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.”

ICC calls on Canada to continue empowering the people of Iran in their struggle for democracy and also support peaceful initiatives that promote their basic human rights.

Sincerely,

Dr. Farrokh Zandi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-welcomes-canada’s-support-iranians-2013-election#sthash.npUr0B3C.dpuf
ICC Announces Annual Goals

June 6, 2013

Since the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 5, 2013, the Board of Directors has been planning ICC's strategic objectives for the 2013/2014 year. We are pleased to announce the following initiatives:

1. Bylaw Revisions

a) As announced at the AGM, the ICC Bylaws will undergo revisions. A committee, consisting of ICC members and various stakeholders, will be established in the coming weeks to draft the first official copy of the revised Bylaws. Should ICC members want to be part of the Bylaws committee, please look out for an upcoming announcement with further instructions on how you may get involved, or please let us know you are interested by emailing us here: info@iccongress.ca

2. Forum Series

b) The ICC is excited to announce that it will be hosting a series of forums dedicated to creating dialogue among members of the community regarding pertinent issues that affect us. The ICC hopes to bring together prominent speakers and special guests to share their experiences and knowledge with community members who seek to learn, share stories and engage in dialogue with each other. Details of each event will be announced throughout the year.

3. Community Development

c) ICC understands the importance of developing strong relationships within the Iranian community in the Greater Toronto Area. We are currently in the process of forming a special committee in order to build new connections with members and groups of the community through dialogue and information sharing. The Committee will also continue to engage in and strengthen relationships that the ICC has established throughout the years. Our aim is to acquire new skills and resources to better serve a broader range of issues affecting us. To volunteer with the Community Development team please contact us at:info@iccongress.ca

4. Building a National Infrastructure

d) Since its foundation the ICC has been envisioned as a national organization. Throughout the year the Board of Directors will work on developing its connections with Iranian Canadian community representatives from major cities across the country. The ICC wishes to develop lasting relationships with representatives of the Iranian Canadian community in order to increase its capabilities, resources, and membership base. By expanding its network, the ICC has the potential to become a stronger voice for the community overall.

In addition to the objectives identified above, the ICC will work on organizing events and gatherings throughout the year-- some of which will help explore and promote the artistic and cultural components of our community. When the operational phases begin, we will release a general announcement requesting the involvement of our members in various committees the Board of Directors plans to establish. We look forward to your participation.

Please feel welcome to email us with additional suggestions on how you may offer your time and support to the ICC: info@iccongress.ca.

Click here for more Information on our current nine-member Board of Directors.

On an additional note, there was a delay in announcing ICC’s annual objectives due to technical difficulties we were experiencing with our site and email accounts. We are happy to announce that the issues have been resolved and our email accounts and site are back in operational order. Thank you for your patience during this process.

The ICC is committed to further strengthening our community. We look forward to your continued help and support in order to make the year ahead a prosperous one. 

 http://iccongress.ca/articles/icc-announces-annual-goals#sthash.mbMg3Hl9.dpuf
ICC Commemorates Anniversary of Iranian Democratic Uprising
 

We are fortunate to be living in Canada, a country where our rights are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  The ICC hopes that the rights and protections that the Charter provides to all Canadian citizens are soon afforded to our friends and loved ones back in Iran, and that those who violate such rights are soon brought to justice. We will continue to work to ensure that the Government of Canada continues to speak out in favour of democracy, human rights, and freedom in Iran.

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Iranian Canadian Congress Announces Appointment of Three New Board Members
 

The Iranian Canadian Congress ("ICC") today announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors ("Board"). The three new Board members -- Ms. Mahsa Pezeshki, Mr. Michael Parsa, and Ms. Sarah Takhsha -- bring tremendous energy, vision, and experience and will contribute significantly to the ICC's goal of promoting and protecting the rights of Iranian-Canadians and encouraging the community's participation in Canadian society. 

The ICC bylaws require that a new Board member be appointed in the event of the death, resignation, or termination of members. The new Board members have been appointed pursuant to that requirement and will serve until the next ICC annual general meeting, at which time they may choose to seek an elected seat. Biographies of the three new Board members are below.

Mahsa Pezeshki is a corporate law clerk at a major Canadian law firm in Toronto/Markham. She was born and raised in Tehran and moved to Toronto in 2002. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Ms. Pezeshki's area of practice as a law clerk is corporate governance for non-profit corporations and registered charities. In the past few years Mahsa has been involved with a number of Iranian-Canadian organizations and events in Toronto. She has also worked with non-Iranian non-profit organizations in Toronto as a volunteer on human rights, social and civil issues.

Michael Parsa has been involved in his family business since 1980s after arriving in Canada with his family. Mr. Parsa has been involved with the Federal Conservative Party since 1993 and served as the past President of the Richmond Hill Electoral District Association from 2003 to 2010. He also served as the President of the Optimist Club of Richmond Hill from 2007 to 2010, helping youth in all areas of life. Michael is currently serving as the President of the Toronto Kodiaks Football Club. He holds a B.A in Business Management.

Sarah Takhsha was born and raised in Iran and is a proud mother of two children. Ms. Takhsha studied at the Institute of Technology in Ahvaz in Iran, where she obtained a Civil Engineering Technician degree in 1978 and worked at the oil company of Iran for eight years. She left Iran for Germany in 1983 and attended the University of Bonn. She arrived in Canada in 1989. She currently works as judicial administrative assistant to six judges at Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. Sarah has been active in humanitarian causes, most notably, with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and with various charities involved in relief efforts for Iranian citizens and refugees. Ms. Takhsha is an active member of her local community as well as the Iranian-Canadian community, participating in political campaigns and groups that focus on Iranian humanitarian issues.

 http://iccongress.ca/articles/iranian-canadian-congress-announces-appointment-three-new-board-members#sthash.IcVXRrkR.dpuf
 
May 9, 2013
CONNECTING WITH THE GLOBAL DIALOGUE ON THE FUTURE OF IRAN 

The Munk School of Global Affairs will launch the inaugural Global Dialogue on the Future of Iran (hosted by the Munk School in Toronto, with support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada - DFAIT). This is a two day conference starting May 10th – May 11th, 2013.

The objectives of the initiative are focused on creating political space for public dialogue among Iranians on the future of Iran. As such, the Global Dialogue is committed to exploring ideas from voices that are as varied and as representative as possible.

Participants can look forward to dialogue on a number of important themes:

· The Iranian Economy: Prosperity or Poverty? · Political Participation and the Obstacles to Freedom in Iran · Defending Rights, Diversity and Equality for Women · Open Session: What’s on the Minds of our Online Global Dialogue Participants? (Topics crowd-sourced from Iranians inside and outside Iran.) · Diplomacy with Iran – Escaping Isolation

The Munk School will use a full range of media tools to broadcast, record, and document the dialogue as it unfolds (ensuring it is widely available to the Iranian public during and after the event.) In addition, participants at the event itself will be encouraged to provide their thoughts through direct-to-camera short interviews that will be immediately made available on the Global Dialogue website and through social media.

The official website is www.theglobaldialogue.ca, and the countdown to the official launch has begun.

Watching the Event

The Global Dialogue on the Future of Iran will be broadcast live (on May 10th and 11th) via YouTube and Google Hangouts. Tune in to www.theglobaldialogue.ca during the conference for the latest link to each session. Refresh the homepage for the latest link.

Participating in the Event

If you would like to participate and connect, both during and after the event, you will find al list of alternatives you may choose from:

1. Connect directly on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gdfilive) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheGlobalDialogue) so you can be followed and updated on the latest information related to the Dialogue.

2. Visit the official Google Moderator page (www.google.com/moderator/#16/e=209f57) where you can pose ideas for crowd-sourced session on day two of the conference. Pose questions and comments that you think should be included as part of the other thematic sections of the dialogue.

3. Share this message with your friends/family and networks and encourage them to contribute their comments and questions on the subjects to be covered in the dialogue, as well as ideas for the crowd-sourced session. If they cannot connect to any of these channels above, they can connect with at munkschool@utoronto.ca for help.

The ICC encourages the Iranian Canadian Community to get involved and add their voices to the discussions. By participating, you can help ensure that the voices of Iranians inside Iran are heard.

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درباره گفت و گوی جهانی درباره آینده ایران

موسسه آموزشی امور جهانی مانک بتاریخ دهم و یازدهم ماه می 3102 اقدام به برگزاری گشایشی گفت و گوی جهانی درباره آینده ایران )به همت موسسه آموزشی مانک در تورنتو با همیاری وزارت امور خارجه و تجارت بین المللی کانادا( مینماید. در این رویداد ویژه، شخصیتهای ایرانی خواستار آگاهی از چندگونگی نظراتی که باید ضمن برگزاری انتخابات مردم ساالری شنیده شود، حضور خواهند داشت.

گفت و گوی جهانی، موجب گشایش شبکه های ارتباطی بین ایرانیان و نیز مشارکت فعاالنه مجازی از داخل ایران ضمن برگزاری این گفت و شنود میشود. طیفی از گزیده ها در اختیار کسانی که از طریق اینترنت شرکت میکنند، قرار میگیرد تا بتوانند در طول برگزاری این رویداد، پرسشها و نظراتی ابراز و نیز در رهنمود مسائل مورد بحث بطور زنده شرکت جویند. گفت و گوی جهانی متعهد است که نظرات ابرازی از قول کسانی را مورد کاوش قرار دهد که حتی المقدور متنوع باشند. موضوعات مهم مورد بحث از جمله عبارتند از:  اقتصاد ایران: شکوفائی یا فقر؟  مشارکت سیاسی و موانع بر سر آزادی در ایران  دفاع از حقوق و چندگونگی و برابری برای زنان  نشست آزاد: نظرات شرکت کنندگان گفت و گوی جهانی از طریق اینترنت چیست؟  دیپلماسی با ایران – فرار از انزوا موسسه آموزشی مانک ضمن کاربرد طیف وسیعی از ابزار و وسائل الزم، برنامه گفت و گوی مزبور را پخش و ضبط و بصورت سند حفظ مینماید )از نظر حصول اطمینان از قابلیت دسترسی عامه ایرانیان به آن در طول و نیز پس از برگزاری آن(. عالوه بر این، شرکت کنندگان حاضر در این رویداد تشویق میشوند که مصاحباتی کوتاه جلو دوربین انجام دهند که بالفاصله در تارنمای گفت و گوی جهانی و نیز در وسائل ارتباط جمعی در دسترس قرار خواهند گرفت. هدف ما اینستکه ضمن تبدیل گفت و گوی جهانی به طرحی پویا، صدای مردم ساالری ایران را هم پیش و هم پس از برگزاری انتخابات در ماه جون سال جاری، هرچه رساتر سازیم. کوششهای ما معطوف است به ایجاد فضای سیاسی برای گفتمان عمومی بین ایرانیان راجع به آینده ایران. میخواهیم شما را تشویق به تشریک اطالعات درباره این گفتمان با هر کسی کنیم که عالقمند به رساندن صدای ایرانیان ً یا از طریق تارنمای خود در این گفتمان شرکت جوئید، لطفا ً سراسر جهان و داخل ایران میباشند. چنانچه میخواهید شخصا به تارنمای ما http://www.theglobaldialogue.ca مراجعه کرده هر آنچه را که میخواهید با ما تماس و سهیم و مشارکت نمائید. چگونگی تماس و تسهیم و مشارکت تماشای برنامه گفت و گوی جهانی درباره آینده ایران بطور زنده روزهای 01 و 00 ماه می از طریق YouTube و Global Hangouts پخش میشود. در طول کنفرانس جهت آگاهی از آخرین اخبار مربوط به این همایش به .www.theglobaldialogue.caمراجعه نمائید. جهت اطالع از آخرین آدرس ارتباطی، تماس با صفحه مربوطه را تکرار کنید. کارشناسان ما از محل برگزاری، از طریق twitter رسمی گفت و گوی جهانی http://twitter.com/gdfilive بطور زنده تماس خود را حفظ میکنند. ضمن تماس با ما با اشاره به gdfilive@ پرسشهای خود را مطرح، نظرات خود را ابراز و پیشنهادات خود را در باره موضوعات مورد طرح جلسه روز شنبه اعالم نمائید. گزینه های زبان تماما فارسی یا انگلیسی گوش کنند فراهم خواهد بود. این گزینه ً ارتباط صوتی زنده برای کسانی که بخواهند برنامه را به برای شنوندگان مناطق طول موج ضعیف با میزان bit پائین پخش میگردد. مدت کوتاهی پس از برگزاری این کنفرانس، پیاده کردن آن بصورت MP3 از طریق تارنمای گفت و گوی جهانی امکان پذیر خواهد بود. به صفحه Participate در تارنمای www.theglobaldialogue.ca مراجعه نمائید. طرح پرسش و مشارکت از طریق اینترنت گفت و گوی جهانی ضمن استفاده از Google Moderator گفتمان مزبور را بروی تمامی شرکت کنذدگان سراسر جهان باز میکند. جهت طرح پرسش مستقیم یا دادن رأی برای سوال مورد نظر، ضمن مراجعه به صفحه Google Moderator با ما تماس حاصل فرمائید. میتوانید بدون اعالم نام خود، نظرات خویش را اعالم کنید. برای طرح پرسش و رأی دادن به http://goo.gl/mod/lccm مراجعه فرمائید. نحوه تماس با ما به انتخاب شماست (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google) پرسشها و نظرات خود را به سلیقه خود برای ما بفرستید. ما بگوش هستیم!

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http://iccongress.ca/announcement/connecting-global-dialogue-future-iran

May 8, 2013
ICC HOLDS FIFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On Sunday, May 5, 2013, the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) held its fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill with more than 340 registered members participating in the election.

Farrokh ZandiDr. Farrokh Zandi, the President of the ICC commenced the program with the annual activities report of 2012. He spoke of the ICC’s efforts to restructure and optimize the organization, increase the ICC media presence, and enhance its influence among officials at all levels of government. Dr. Zandi noted that a main aspiration of the ICC is to ensure the Iranian Canadian youth, in particular second generation Iranian Canadians, are engaged in community-related issues.

He commented on the ICC’s swift and effective response to the closure of the Iranian embassy in Canada and TD bank’s decision to close the bank accounts of some Iranian Canadian community members.

In addition, Dr. Zandi expressed his gratitude, on behalf of the ICC, toward the tireless efforts and outstanding achievements of former Board of Directors member, Mr. Kaveh Shahrooz, Vice President and spokesperson of the ICC, and Advisory Board Members Mr. Reza Banai, Ms. Atoosa Mahdavian, and Mr. Ali Vakili. The aforementioned Board Members submitted their resignations prior to the AGM.

Dr. Davod Kafai, Treasure of the ICC, presented the financial report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. The ICC’s financial position as of that date was -$ 1,242.52. A motion to approve the Financial Report was adopted by a majority vote.

A question and answer segment followed Dr. Zandi and Dr. Kafai’s presentations allowing members of the ICC to pose questions and concerns.

During the second section of the program, an election was held to occupy five (5) vacant Board of Directors positions.. Prior to the candidate speeches, two one-time motions were presented to waive the eligibility requirements for a few candidates. The first Motion (to waive the one-year membership eligibility requirement) was adopted by a majority vote and the second Motion (to waive the Canadian citizenship eligibility requirement) was not adopted by majority vote. The election monitors, Ms. Rose Bahrami, Ms. Minoo Derakhshan, Mr. Shahram Saremi, and Mr. Hossein Zereshkian oversaw the entire election process, from the registration of members to the counting of the ballots.

Once the votes were cast, Ms. Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, Ms. Yasna Beheshti, Ms. Sarah Takhsha, Ms. Shahla Ghafouri, and Ms. Sima Tajdini were announced as the newly elected members of the ICC’s Board of Directors. Election monitor, Ms. Bahrami announced the election results.

In its newest term, the ICC aims to create sub-committees in hopes of engaging its members in activities related to the ICC and the Iranian Canadian community. The initiatives include revising the ICC’s Bylaws and adding Persian content to the ICC website.

The Iranian Canadian Congress wishes to sincerely thank all the members who came out and voted, the election monitors, and the tremendous volunteers who assisted. 

http://iccongress.ca/announcement/icc-holds-fifth-annual-general-meeting

استعفا برخی از اعضای هییت مشاوران
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ز کاوه شهروز پرسیدم، چه کسانی از هیئت مشاوران کنگره استعفا داده اند، و دلایل استعفایشان چه بوده؟ شهروز گفت: آقایان رضا بنایی و علی وکیلی و خانم آتوسا مهدویان استعفا دادند. دلایلش را از خودشان بپرسید ولی فکر کنم دلایل آنها هم شبیه دلایل من باشد.

با خانم آتوسا مهدویان و آقایان رضا بنایی و علی وکیلی تماس تلفنی گرفتیم ولی موفق به صحبت با آنها نشدیم. در صورت کسب اطلاعات جدید در آینده آن را با شما در میان خواهیم گذاشت.

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یکشنبه 5 می 2013، مجمع عمومی سالانه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در سالن هتل شرایتون برگزار شد.
تعداد اعضای حاضر در مجمع عمومی 250 نفر .پس از رای گیری و شمارش آرای 340 تن از اعضای کنگره، آرا به شرح زیر اعلام شد:
1ـ مریم نایب یزدی 180 رای (عضو موقت انتصابی دوره قبل)
2ـ یسنا بهشتی 169 رای (عضو موقت انتصابی دوره قبل)
۳- سارا تخشا ۱۶۶ (عضو موقت انتصابی دوره قبل)
۴- شهلا غفوری  162
۵- سیما تاج‌دینی ۱۶۰


۶- علیرضا جهانگیر ۱۳۷
۷- آرشام پارسی ۷۴
۸- مهدی شمس ۵۰

9- حسن زارع زاده اردشیر انصراف اعتراضی
10- آزاد شهنواز انصراف اعتراضی
11- اردلان شجاعی عدم حضور

12- سیما زرهی انصراف چند روز قبل از انتخابات  

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