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Two part meeting featuring Mitra Malekzadeh at Newton Robinson

Learn about Mitra Malekzadeh and her stories about living war-torn Iran and immigrating to Canada in this two part series from the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute

Join us for a first-hand account of what it was like to live in war-torn Iran, participate in an arranged marriage, immigrate to an unknown country, Canada, and search for a kidnapped son in a foreign country as Mitra Malekzadeh presents her story at the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute meetings, Oct. 28 and Nov. 25, 2019. 

The ROSE programme runs from 1-2:30 p.m.  at the Tec-We-Gwill (Newton Robinson) Hall, 4380, 10th Line, Bradford West Gwillimbury. Contact Bonnie, 705-458-4555, Diana, 705-435-6427 or [email protected] to attend, no cost. All ROSE programmes are open to the public and anyone (women and men) may attend, free of charge, unless otherwise indicated.

Mitra’s story is very complex so she will be presenting her story over two meetings.  The first meeting will cover the history of Iran, some insights into Mitra’s childhood, how the revolution began and why that led to 10 years of war, what it was like as a child to live through the war, an arranged marriage and inevitable divorce, followed by her son’s father’s decision to kidnap their son and take him out of Canada.

On Nov. 25 we will learn more about the journey in Iran searching for her son. Mitra will tell us about her struggle with her identity, how she was able to leave Iran and have a successful life in Canada and, finally, we’ll learn how she found her son.

Tec-We-Gwill Institute meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month except December, January and August and begin at 11:30 a.m.  with lunch (member-bring their own), dessert is supplied by the assigned committees, followed by a business meeting. The meetings are held at the Tec-We-Gwill (Newton Robinson) Hall, 4380, 10th Line, Bradford West Gwillimbury unless otherwise noted. The building is wheelchair accessible. ROSE programmes are scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m. 

Membership in Women’s Institute is limited to women, 18 and older. For membership inquiries or to attend a meeting and to understand how the Women’s Institute supports women in the community, contact [email protected] or Diana, 705-435-6427.

Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute is a branch of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO), a not-for-profit charitable organization with affiliations around the world, working with and for women in Ontario. Through the network of Branches, FWIO offers educational programming and community support; advocates for social, environmental and economic change, and works towards the personal growth of all women, for home and country. We envision an Ontario where women work together for safe, healthy communities and pursue an enriched and balanced lifestyle.

Contact information:  
Michelle Rich
Public Relations Coordinator
Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute
[email protected]