Canadian Prime Minister Invites AHEPA Canadian President on Delegation to Greece

The Right Honorable Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, has invited AHEPA Canadian President Nick Aroutzidis to participate on his official delegation to theHellenic Republic on May 28 and 29, 2011, announced Supreme President Nicholas A.

Karacostas. Aroutzidis has accepted Prime Minister Harper’s invitation.

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“This is the first time an AHEPA Canadian President was asked to participate on such a delegation,” Aroutzidis said. “It is a great honor for AHEPA Canada, and for me personally, to participate. The nvitation is a testament to the myriad of contributions the AHEPA Family in Canada makes to our communities on a consistent basis.” AHEPA Canada was organized in 1928 with its first chapter chartered in Toronto. Among the many accomplishments of the AHEPA Family of Canada include the recent fulfillment of a $250,000 pledge to the Shriners Hospital for Children. In 2003, The Canada Post Corporation issued a commemorative postage stamp in honor of AHEPA’s 75-year history in Canada.

“We are proud of the charitable and philanthropic work of the AHEPA Family of Canada,” said Karacostas. “We congratulate them on this tremendous honor. We are confident Nick will be an outstanding representative of the Greek Canadian community, and he will be an asset to the delegation.” The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is a leading  membership-based association for the millions of American citizens of Greek heritage  and Philhellenes. Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.

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