Al (Alireza) Parsai
Country of Origin:
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Citizenship, Immigration, Racism/Discrimination, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada
Al Parsai is an author, a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). He is a Canadian citizen originally from Iran who has delivered several public speeches in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. Al is passionate about Canada and what it has to offer to newcomers and the Canadian-born population. His main area of interest is cultural transition and cultural sensitivity.
Al is an active volunteer and gives back to his community. Here is a list of Al Parsai's past or present volunteer activities.
• Ayeneh Foundation Canada
• Parya Trillium Foundation
• Fundraising for United Way of Chatham-Kent
• Chatham-Kent Workforce Planning Board
• Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership
• Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
• Cultural Coalition of Chatham-Kent
• Chatham-Kent Community Strategic Planning Committee
• Chatham-Kent Active Communities Steering Committee
My name is Alireza Parsai (aka Al Parsai). I am a Canadian citizen who is originally from Iran. I hold a Master's degree in counselling psychology, a certificate with honours in the Immigration Consultant program, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have been an instructor, author, and public speaker for the past 18 years.
I applied for immigration to Canada under Federal Skilled Worker program in 2001. While waiting for the progress of my application I received a job offer in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I accepted the offer and got hired by a private college as an instructor and promoter in January 2002. This was a thrilling transitional experience for me to enhance my language skills and get ready for the multicultural society of Canada.
My family and I landed in Canada in April 2004. I soon got a job with a computer training institute in downtown Toronto. We later moved to Chatham, Ontario because of my new job with Union Gas Ltd. as a technical writer. Despite my love and devotion to the job I decided to start my own business in 2007. The business Investatech Inc. (o/a Parsai Immigration Services) was a new opportunity to deliver workshops and seminars in Canada and the United Kingdom. The interaction with others and also being my own boss were the main drives behind my decision to establish my own business. I am now a business owner for more than 7 years. As a Registered Psychotherapist and also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant I not only help people to immigrate to Canada but promote cultural sensitivity to local population.
Canada offers great opportunities to get involved with your community and volunteer your time and energy for good cause. As part of my integration process and to thank for what I have gained so far I have got involved in many volunteer activities.
I strive to become a better Canadian every day. I also do my best to share my passion and appreciation with others via public speeches and group meetings.