Fariborz Birjandian is Executive Director of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society working from the local level to international. Mr. Birjandian has served on many committees, boards and task forces related to immigration, refugees, diversity, equal rights and the cultural arts. He became a refugee when he left his home country of Iran and settled for a brief time in Lahore, Pakistan, where he began his involvement and work with refugees through the UNHCR. Fariborz was resettled to Canada, where he volunteered with CCIS and soon began work as a Settlement Counselor for the organization. For the past 14 years, he has been the Executive Director of CCIS and is responsible for over 200 staff, 1,300 volunteers and overseeing approximately 70 programs. Fariborz’s community involvement for the past 20 years in Canada is varied and extensive. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his involvements including, Government of Canada’s Citation for Citizenship, the Queen’s Jubilee Commemorative Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. Fariborz’s formal education is in Maritime Science and Administration Management.
On October 9th, Fariborz Birjandian was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his exemplary commitment and contributions to the well being of newcomers in Canada. Marking the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the medal honours recipients who have shown through their passion and dedication how important it is to give back to their community, and to Canada.
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