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Parya community centre receives expansion funds

The Parya Trillium Foundation Community Centre in Markham can “keep doing work for the Iranian-Canadian community” thanks to new funding to expand the facility.

“Investing in community, culture and recreational infrastructure is essential to creating communities that are inclusive, sustainable and resilient,” Markham-Thornhill MP and Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng said in a virtual announcement on February 12.

The community space will also contribute to community development, she noted. The federal government is investing $1.9 million into the project, the provincial government will contribute $1.6 million and the Parya Trillium Foundation is providing more than $1.3 million.

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The project encompasses the addition of a two-storey extension, construction of a gymnasium, changerooms and washrooms, and the creation of additional classrooms and a new reception area. Solar panels will also be installed to increase the building’s energy efficiency. The parking area will also be improved, including the construction of 90 additional parking spaces, four barrier-free spaces and redesigned landscaping.

“This large, multi-purpose facility will help us provide more dynamic programs and services for the Iranian, Chinese, Afghani, and Russian communities living in the York region and Greater Toronto Area,” said Parya Trillium Foundation Founder and President Ahmad Tabrizi. “With this funding, our dedicated donors, staff and enthusiastic volunteers will continue to ensure that we meet the needs of our community and fulfil the visions of our founders.”

Photo: Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Mary Ng announced funding for the expansion of the Parya Trillium Foundation Community Centre in Markham in a virtual conference.

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