FbRN Trustee Dorab Mistry has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
2013 is the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Our FbRN Trustee Dorab Mistry has been recognised for his services to the Zoroastrian community and to Inter Faith Relations by being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Even with his hectic work schedule, Dorab still makes time to undertake community and inter faith work. He was elected to the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE) Managing Committee in 1996. The following year he was elected as its 24th President, serving in the top position until 2005. The ZTFE is the oldest Asian religious voluntary organisation in the United Kingdom and also the oldest Zoroastrian Association in the West, established in 1861.
During his tenure Dorab succeeded in persuading the Zoroastrians of UK in 2000 to purchase a disused cinema in a grade II* listed building on 440, Alexandra Avenue, Harrow. In 2005, with the collaboration with English Heritage, this disused cinema was inaugurated as the Zoroastrian Centre for Europe. The purchase and refurbishment of the Zoroastrian Centre was from donations from within the Zoroastrian community, especially the late Zartoshty Brothers, and no application for funding was made to government or external agencies. Besides winning awards for conservation, the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow is a contributory factor in making the London Borough of Harrow the most religiously diverse borough in the UK according to the national census. It is an asset to the Zoroastrian community as well to the local community in Harrow, used for fund raising and other charitable activities by Harrow Council, Harrow Inter Faith Council, faith communities especially the Tamil Sri Lankans as they do not have a local centre of their own.