Since his arrival in Canada as a refugee over 25 years ago, Fariborz has been ardently involved in issues related to immigration, diversity, equal rights and the cultural arts. For 19 years, he has been the Executive Director of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS), the largest provider of programs and services for immigrants and refugees in the Prairie region. His current volunteer involvements includes: Chair of Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA), Vice Chair CISSA-ACSEI, member of Deputy Minister’s Advisory Committee, and member of National Settlement Counsel. His leadership has been instrumental in numerous initiatives regarding resettlement and integration of New Canadians, locally, nationally, and internally. For his exemplary commitment to promoting diversity and supporting newcomers to Canada, he has received several awards and recognitions including the Government of Canada’s Citation for Citizenship, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Gold Jubilee and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.