Making Mulgrave Home
Newcomers to a world that was completely different from the one they left, the Razavi family leaned on what they knew best to make a new life and a home for their family at Mulgrave: They got involved.
Immigrating from Tehran to Canada only a little over a year ago, Elham and Payam were, of course, concerned foremost about their children. They moved to offer their children a better life and a better future, but knew it would require fitting in to a new culture, with a new language and new friends.
After visiting many highly-ranked, well-known schools, the family decided on Mulgrave with the enthusiastic support of their children. They describe the Mulgrave difference as a feeling. “It felt like a family,” says Elham, a dermatologist in her native Tehran. “And everything that we felt during our tour, it’s all been correct. The students, teachers and staff are so welcoming. Now we don’t just have that feeling of family, we have a belief that it truly is.”
Settling into the new school wasn’t just a task for Rosha (now in G1) and Kousha (now in G10). Payam and Elham came often as well and spent many hours participating in field trips, carving pumpkins, volunteering in the library and more - all in an effort to get to know more about the community of their children, a community they consider their own.
“Volunteering helped us feel at home,” explains Payam, who now holds an executive position on the Mulgrave Volunteer Parent Association, amongst other roles. “But, we wanted to do more. We made a financial commitment to the MPower campaign quickly in our first year here because we saw no reason to wait to support the school.”
Elham adds, “Giving is important and it’s something that we’ve done since we were married. When we came here, we felt so grateful and blessed, so we wanted to help, with a hope to make Mulgrave shine even brighter than it does today. We got here and the school was ready for our kids, but we need to continue to create more opportunities for children to receive this fantastic education.”
The couple acknowledge that there are many worthy organisations in their new city, but that they were very deliberate in making their decision to also contribute to Mulgrave. “We can, and do, help other organisations. But often, that is a temporary measure to fill an immediate need,” says Payam. “Education is about long-term change in communities. When we raise our children in a way that helps them find their place in the world, we create change makers and problem solvers and enable communities to be collectively lifted up. Mulgrave is the right place to do this.”
Rosha and Kousha are proving their parents right as they discover varied interests and thrive in their new Canadian setting. “Rosha is reading full chapter books and Kousha went from never touching a basketball to being in the school team’s starting line-up,” adds Payam. “Mulgrave is enabling our children to become their best selves.”
Thanks to gifts from the Razavi family, and many others, Rosha’s bright smile will light up the new rooftop playground for years to come, and Kousha will have the opportunity to imagine and create in the Upper School Design Lab - new spaces which will come to fruition at the close of this calendar year.
“Education is about long-term change in communities. When we raise our children in a way that helps them find their place in the world, we create change makers and problem solvers and enable communities to be collectively lifted up. Mulgrave is the right place to do this.”
Mulgrave Parent, Volunteer and MPower Donor