NowRuz at Victoria Parliament

NowRuz Celebration at Victoria Parliament 28/03/2023

Nowruz is the Persian New Year, which begins on the spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere, marking the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. It is celebrated worldwide by more than 350 million people from various ethnolinguistic groups and falls on or around March 21 of the Gregorian calendar.

The Australian Iranian Society of Victoria has been celebrating Nowruz in Melbourne for many years with the aim of introducing Melburnians to Iranian culture. While we used to have a special Nowruz Dinner for Iranian residents of Melbourne, AISOV has held three Nowruz events in Parliament specifically for the multicultural community leaders and policymakers in Victoria.
However, this year’s Nowruz in Parliament was different.

AISOV held this important day with a special commemoration of Iran’s current situation and the Women, Life, Freedom movement theme. 

Our distinguished guests listened to several speeches by AISOV’s management committee and parliamentary representatives, including Hon. Natalie Hutchins with a message from Premier Daniel Andrews and Leader of Opposition John Pesutto. Also, Senator Claire Chandler, Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs, sent us a statement that was read by the MC. We wrapped up this event with a heartfelt speech by Ms. Ann-Marie Hermans MP.
Nowruz 2023 at Parliament was graced with the performances of some talented Iranian artists. Through their captivating music, enchanting dance, and thought-provoking short play, they beautifully conveyed the powerful themes of women, life, and freedom. It was an extraordinary experience for all who were lucky enough to witness it.

Corrective Movements and Fitness Session

The Corrective Movements and Fitness Exercises workshop was a comprehensive and informative event.

With Mohammad Sadeghzadeh’s expertise in exercise physiology and corrective exercise instruction, participants learnt how to perform movements and exercises correctly and safely.

“ the focus on preventing spine and joint complications is crucial for maintaining overall health and reducing the risk of injuries. Mohammad Said.”

Therefore, participants also benefited from learning corrective and rehabilitation movements to reduce chronic joint pains and improve muscle efficiency. The inclusion of special exercises for women before, during, and after pregnancy was a thoughtful addition that highlighted the importance of women’s health and wellness. Overall, this workshop provided valuable information and practical skills for individuals looking to improve their fitness and prevent injuries. Participants have left with a better understanding of how to move their bodies in a way that promotes health and well-being.
Workshop Topic: Corrective exercise and fitness movements
Date: Sunday 16th April 2023
Educator: Mohammad Sadegh Zadeh
Handlers: Sedi Smith and Mahshid Babzartabi
Duration: 2 hours
Participants: 23
Location: 1/79 Mahoneys Rd, Forest Hill VIC 3131

Conversion of TPV and SHEV Visas

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Conversion of TPV and SHEV Visa to Permanent info session

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Baking & Cake Decorating Class

Workshop Topic: Baking and Decorating class
Date: Sunday 9th April 2023
Educator: Neda Gorgin
Handlers: Sedi Smith, Rana Ebrahimi
and Mahshid Babzartabi
Duration: 2 hours
Participants: 12
Location: 1/79 Mahoneys Rd, Forest Hill VIC 3131

The Baking and Decorating class with Neda was a great opportunity to learn new baking and decorating techniques for our participants. It was fun and very enjoyable experience for everyone. The demonstration on how to make roses for decorating cakes was particularly interesting, as cake decorating is a skill that requires a steady hand and a creative mind.
The addition of an Iranian traditional dessert added cultural depth to the class, allowing participants to experience new flavours and expand their culinary knowledge. Learning how to make traditional desserts is a valuable experience that not only provides new baking techniques, but also helps to preserve cultural heritage.
Overall, this workshop provided an excellent opportunity for participants to learn new baking and decorating skills, as well as experience new cultural flavours. Participants have left the class with new knowledge and practical skills that they can apply in their own baking and cooking endeavours.

Free Baking & Cake Decorating Class

Join our free baking class on April 9th! Hurry and book your spot now, as space is limited. To register, simply text the number listed on this post. This class is 100% free with no costs or conditions, so don’t miss your chance to participate in this one-time event.

Corrective Movements and Fitness Workshop

Join us for the Corrective Movements and Fitness Exercises workshop, that will provide valuable information and practical skills for individuals looking to improve their fitness and prevent injuries.

Supporting Iranian Women

Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises women who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and excellence in their field of expertise, interest, endeavour, or through their commitment to the community.

“ The Victorian Honor Roll of Women 2022 for Leading through disaster Awarded to Sahar Gholizadeh ”
Sahar Gholizadeh is a registered nurse with a background in community health and education. Sahar is the voluntary President of the Australian Iranian Society of Victoria. She utilises technology and social media to forge strong community connections and provide essential information on health issues and services to the Australian Iranian community, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sahar touched and enriched the lives of many Iranian and Farsi speakers during the pandemic, particularly those who were vulnerable or less able to help themselves during that time. Sahar’s volunteer activities varied from reaching out to senior citizens, women and kids who were being affected by family violence, to temporary and student visa holders and asylum seekers. Sahar also supported people who lost their jobs, their businesses, or lost a family member due to Covid, referring each individual to exceptional services and organizations. Today, Sahar is supporting Iranian women who are fighting for their own liberties. Sahar dedicates this award to the brave Mahsa Amini.

AISOV acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we work. We pay respect to their Elders past and present, acknowledge their continuing connections to land, sea and community, and extend respect to Traditional Owners throughout Victoria.

Australian Iranian Society of Victoria (AISOV) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organisation, serving Iranian Community since year 1990.


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