Established in early 2020, the Arts and Literature committee is one of the newest IWOO committees. Since then, we have been promoting Iranian art and culture in the community. The main purpose of this committee is based on IWOO’s mission of empowerment and wellness of women and their families. Another purpose is to keep the Iranian art, literature, and culture alive and vibrant for the Iranian Canadian community, especially for the younger generations.
Director: Saharnaaz Nahidi (from 2023)
For further info, check our calendar at the bottom of this page.
Realize that art and literature are very close to each other
For those that wish to share their stories with the world, writing courses are offered. Here the fundamentals of writing in Farsi are taught.
Led by Sasan Ghahreman
Introduce participants to famous Persian authors and Farsi novels. Participants will read the assigned book and then meet together to discuss its contents and themes.
Led by Marzieh Sotoodeh & Sasan Ghahreman
Teach participants about Iranian art and also introduce them to mindfulness where they will learn about being in the present.
Led by Mojgan Jafari
Introduce participants to Iranian paintings and teach them about its characteristics while also giving them a chance to try it out.
Participants get to listen to traditional Iranian music and learn about it.
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Dr. Noushin Khasteganan is a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor and graduated from McMaster University. She has a Medical Doctorate earned in Iran in 1996. With her extensive background as an experienced Medical Doctor in the mental health care field, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice and employs a variety of therapeutic models to support the community.
Leyly has a bachelor in French language and language & civilization diploma Aix -en provence faculty, Event management diploma from CDI college ,Peer leadership certificate from Family service Toronto,Early development (Mother craft college),Child care assistant from TDSB.
Saharnaz has Bachelor of Art and two Master’s Degree in Psychology and research of Art from Iran. She has also studied “Addiction Recovery Support “in Canada. She was a consultant of Psychology in a Psychiatry clinic in Iran and has experience of providing help and relief for addiction, mental disorders and child care here in Canada. She is currently work as a direct support worker full time job at Community Living Toronto with mental health and disabilities residents. Also doing counselling under supervision of Ms.Akerman at Karma cares community in Toronto. Saharnaz joined IWOO as a volunteer in 2017 and has been a member of mental health committee from 2020. She has dedicated herself for educating and helping women and girls to their maximum capacity enabling them overcome barriers. Saharnaz would like to support Farsi speaking women and girls in Iranian- Canadian community.
Parna holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran and M.A.Sc . degree in the same field from Concordia University. She grew up in Iran and moved to Canada in 2010. She is a capable communicator and creative problem solver with project management experience. She values community building and is hoping to be of service to her community.
Hengameh Saberi teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School. Outside academia, she has served on various nonprofit board of directors, worked as a consultant with a number of human rights institutions and brings to IWOO multi-jurisdictional experiences of organizational design and planning.