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Born in Cologne, Germany |

Ava’s mother and father, of Iranian background, had been living in Germany for study and work. After briefly returning to Iran at the age of four, her parents decided to leave again, this time to Canada, hoping to find better educational opportunities for their then ten-year-old daughter Ava. In Canada, Ava appreciates and does not take for granted freedom of expression and the way people of different backgrounds can fit into one society. This cohesion is something that she knows her parents took into consideration when choosing Canada over Germany or Iran. She loves the fact that so many different people can coexist in relative peace.

“I feels like I belong here.”

Currently Ava is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Science at York University. Aside from that she likes writing fantasy stories and composing classical music.

Toronto as Home

Ava wanted to be photographed in Edwards Gardens, a place she has visited many times with her parents. She enjoys the flowers, large willow trees, bridges.

“The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.”

As Ava enjoys writing stories, a place like this evokes a sense of nostalgia and can be a very inspiring source for initiating a story that she desperately wants to put on paper.

Connection with the Past

Ava is holding a religious-cultural statue of Faravahar, one of the best-known symbols of Zoroastrianism, the state religion of ancient Iran. She tries to live by the religion’s basic principles of “Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds.” More than its religious significance, she says it has become a cultural representation of modern Iranians.

“It connects me to my roots and makes me aware of the higher presence and the collective mind of the universe, that I believe we’re all connected to.”

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