About a year ago I got involved in the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) as an active volunteer. I realized early on that the ICC has been suffering from lack of community engagement since its foundation. With this belief and the help of few other activists I started a community engagement campaign called "I'm an Iranian-Canadian too". Through this campaign my team and I have been able to speak to thousands of Iranian-Canadians in the GTA about the ICC and its importance for our growing community. We recruited hundreds of new members for the ICC and raised the membership number to around 1,000 for the first time since the organization was initially established in 2007. I started the campaign with only three volunteers and I can proudly say that today more than 40 people are involved in our campaign team.
Initially I got involved in the ICC because I have always strongly believed that ethnic community groups have a fundamental role in improving the lives of the ethnic minorities in Canada’s multicultural society. My recent experience with the "I'm an Iranian-Canadian too" has reassured me about this position and furthermore made me realize the undermined potential of the Iranian Canadian Congress and the significant work that this organization can and must do for our community.
To serve the needs and interests of our community, the ICC has to reshape and rebuild itself into a strong and independent community organization. Unfortunately the lack of dedication and commitment in the ICC leadership for the past couple of years have been a contributing factor to the failures of the organization. I have decided to run for the Iranian Canadian Congress Board of Directors to change this! With 8 years of experience in volunteer work and the knowledge I've gained about expectations of my community from the ICC during the "I'm an Iranian-Canadian too" campaign I believe that I can successfully conduct my duties as a board member and help the ICC in building a strong community organization that can uphold the interest of the Iranian-Canadian community and their well-being.
To accomplish this goal I seek your help and support. Only members of the ICC can vote during the Annual General Meeting that's scheduled for Sunday May 24, 2015- 2PM at the Council Chamber in the North York Civic Center. Please fill out the form below and indicate your membership status. Once you submit the form I will get in touch with you in the next couple of days to make sure you are eligible to vote on May 24th.