The following was printed in the booklet distributed at Sousan's Memorial Service held January 9, 2016 at The Cathedral Church of St. James, Toronto, Ontario .

 

 

Sousan was positive, passionate, and courageous.  Her zeal for life inspired those around her and her optimism was infectious.  She contracted juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as an infant, which impaired her mobility, yet her ability to bring joy to those around her and to achieve her dreams was never curtailed by her physical limitations.  Born in Tehran, Iran on August 25, 1956,  she was the youngest in her family.  In the fall of 1974, at the age of 18, Sousan emigrated with her parents to the United States.  They settled in Miami, Florida, where her brother Khosrow had established a home some years earlier.  Nine years later she moved to Los Angeles and then, in 1990, to Toronto.

 

 

Sousan was determined from a young age to gain her independence and to live as abundantly and passionately  as any able-bodied person could.  As we have all observed, she achieved this objective fully.  In Miami, Sousan obtained a degree in psychology and learn to drive (her first car was a Ford Mustang).  She moved to California with her parents to be part of the larger Iranian community in Los Angeles.  There, she worked for the Internal Revenue Service and moved into her own apartment in Covina.  At this time she also became very involved with the Little People of America, an organization that works to improve the quality of life of, and celebrates the contributions and diversity that little people bring to society.

 

 

In 2000, Sousan adopted her beloved African Grey parrot, Plato, who would become her inseparable companion and a great source of joy.  It broke her heart when she acquired a rare chronic allergy in 2011,  which compelled her to move Plato to a bird sanctuary and bring him home only for short infrequent visits.  She continued to love him with her characteristic passion until her final days.

 

 

Sousan had a keen interest in fashion and interior design.  She loved to decorate and make the world around her more beautiful.  Sousan was also a talented gourmet cook.  She enjoyed cooking French dishes and also teaching those around her about her favorite Persian dishes, especially ghormeh sabzi.

 

 

in Toronto, Sousan contributed to realize her goal of working to help people with disabilities by assisting to bring the Aldebrain Tower project to reality in 1993.  Aldebrain is a residential apartment building in East Toronto, which incorporates units that remove barriers to independent living for disabled tenants.  A high quality attendant care services providing organization is also located onsite.  In addition, Sousan worked actively with Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, a not for profit organization promoting quality of life for disabled persons.

 

 

For the last 10 years, Sousan worked at TD Canada Trust, where she was recognized as an exemplary customer experience enabler.

 

 

Sousan met her second husband, Jack, in 2005 and they were married in 2011.  She and Jack shared similar interests: travel, entertaining, spending times with friends and family, cooking, fine dining and film.  They committed themselves to their work and serving others.

 

 

Sousan is survived by Jack, two brothers Khoshrow and Saeed, half-sister Mavash, stepdaughters Erica and Andrea, and grandsons Henry and Callum.   She has nine nieces and two nephews, 3 grand nephews and 4 grand nieces.