News

AHEPA Family in District #26 held their 26th annual Scholarship Christmas Dinner

AHEPA FAMILY BRITISH COLUMBIA

PRESS RELEASE

VANCOUVER, BC – On Sunday December 14, 2014, the AHEPA Family in District #26 held their 26th annual Scholarship Christmas Dinner. District #26 gave away a total of $10,000.00 (ten thousand) in scholarships this year to 10 fantastically deserving students. Read More

AHEPA CANADA PROTESTS PUBLICATION OF IRREDENTIST MAP BY UMD

PRESS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 4, 2014

Montreal, QC, Canada, 9:00 AM

AHEPA CANADA PROTESTS PUBLICATION OF IRREDENTIST MAP BY UMD 

MONTREAL, QUE. – AHEPA Canada is dismayed by the publication of a map by the Toronto branch of UMD (United Macedonian Diaspora) in the Toronto Star issue of July 31, 2014, displaying the irredentist claims against Greece and Bulgaria by ethnic nationalists from FYROM (see attached map below).

Such maps depicting the entire Greek province of Macedonia and the Blagoevgrad prefecture in Bulgaria as being parts of a ‘United Macedonia’ along with a picture of Alexander the Great that the entire world and scholarly community (1) know was Greek are blatant and provocative acts that only serve to confuse the public, undermine harmony and fuel ethnic distrust and discord among ethnic groups and nation states.

AHEPA Canada believes that Canadian citizens -irrespective of their ethnic origin or religious background- ought to leave their ethnic and religious differences and animosities at the immigration gate. Once they become citizens of Canada they should strive to live in harmony and mutual respect with each other and focus on contemporary challenges that affect the wellbeing of Canadians in the interest of building a stronger country domestically and a more tolerant, peaceful and secure world internationally.

Actions that blatantly attempt to falsify history, redraw national boundaries, spread hate, defame ethnic groups or nations only lead to conflict and pain and should be avoided when the peoples of Greece, FYROM and Bulgaria share the same human challenges of securing peace, happiness and prosperity in the Balkans.

(1) For proof see Letter to President Barack Obama, signed by 375 eminent Historians, Classicists and Archaeologists in 2009: http://macedonia-evidence.org/obama-letter.html 

PRESS RELEASE_PROEST PUBLICATION OF MAP BY UMD_B_20140804 (1)

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ken Matziorinis, 514-884-6962 [email protected]

KEN MATZIORINIS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AHEPA CANADA

VIEW IN GREEK

 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Ken Matziorinis was elected the new President of AHEPA Canada at the conclusion of the 92nd annual AHEPA Family Supreme Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 26, 2014. He represents Canada on the Supreme Lodge of the AHEPA. He succeeds George Vassilas who served the past three years at the helm of the Canadian Order of AHEPA, and will work closely with the newly-elected Supreme President of AHEPA Philip T. Frangos. Dr. Ken Matziorinis is a respected economist who is based in Montreal, Quebec. He has taught economics for 35 years at McGill University and John Abbott College. He has authored four textbooks in economics and been twice awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at McGill. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Canbek Economic Consultants Inc., a management consulting and macroeconomics forecasting and investment advisory firm. Ken has served on numerous boards including the Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Canadian subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece (1991-2006).

Ken is a 25-year veteran of the Mount Royal Chapter CJ7 of AHEPA in Montreal. Has served the AHEPA in every executive capacity including Chapter President (2009-2011); V.P. Education; Lt. Governor (2011-2013) and Governor (2013-2014) of AHEPA District 23, Ken has contributed in the organization of the 2010 AHEPA Supreme Convention in Montreal, and the 2011 Montreal Conference on Emerging Hellenic-Israeli Relations and has played key fund-raising roles in philanthropic activities that have secured the naming rights to the AHEPA Family School of the Shriners Hospital in Montreal and the endowment of the Papachristidis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at McGill University.

photo 1 (2) photo 2 (1)photo 3

 

Ken’s passions have been his family (is the father of two daughters), and AHEPA’s promotion of the Hellenic ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Excellence. He has a deep interest in Greece’s geopolitical concerns in Southeast Europe as well as issues regarding religious freedoms and the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Christian Orthodox Church in the Near East. He believes that the over than 300,000 strong Hellenic-Canadian community deserves to play a more active and prominent role in Canadian affairs and the policy-making process. -2- “I am humbled by the responsibility entrusted upon me to lead AHEPA one of the oldest and the largest grassroots heritage volunteer organization of the Greek Diaspora in Canada” Ken said at his installation ceremony. “I thank the membership of AHEPA for the trust and confidence they have shown in me and I only hope that I will meet and exceed the expectations of this high office” he concluded. Born in New York City in 1954, he grew up in Piraeus, Greece in the 1960s and has spent most of his life in Montreal, Quebec.

Ken speaks English, French and Greek fluently. “We wish Brother Ken every success in his new mission” quipped Past Canadian AHEPA Presidents George Vassilas, Frank Antoniou, Tony Mavromaras and Nicholas Spillios who were present at the installations.

For the Supreme Lodge of AHEPA and for AHEPA Canada*: -Basil N. Mossaidis Executive Director Order of AHEPA, 1909 Q Street, NW. Suite 500, Washington, DC 2009. -Demetris J. Yantsulis, Chr. P.R. AHEPA Canada & D#23, Dir. P.R. AHEPA Montreal CJ7 : [email protected] *For more information on AHEPA Family Chapters in Canada visit:www.ahepacanada.org

American Hellenic, American Jewish Groups Hail Historic Three-Country Leadership Mission

Read More

Today’s AHEPA’s Supreme Delegation visit to the Hellenic Democracy President

MONTREAL AHEPA FAMILY FULFILS $250,000 PLEDGE TO SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN AND SHRINERS NAME SCHOOL AFTER AHEPA

English PDF – Greek PDF )

MONTREAL, QUE – The Montreal AHEPA Family is proud to announce that it has fulfilled its six-year drive to raise $250,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal. The balance of $58,000 that helped reach this goal was raised at the 12th Annual St-Valentine’s Charitable Ball that took place on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Palace Reception Hall in Laval. Over the past twelve years the St-Valentine’s Ball has raised $400,000 for children’s causes. Other institutions that have been supported in the past include the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the St-Justine Hospital, the Giant Steps Foundation and the Children’s Wish Foundation. Read More

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. Read More

Canadian President Report

UPDATE from CANADIAN PRESIDENT AHEPA – GEORGE VASSILAS

Dear readers,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to this meeting.  AHEPA, as you know, promotes the ancient ideals of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility as well as Family & Individual Excellence.

AHEPA is a GLOBAL grassroots organization that exists in many countries including USA, UK, France, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Australia, Cyprus & Greece. Read More

AHEPA Canada Press release celebrating 85 years of AHEPA in Canada

ahepa85

On October 28, 1928, AHEPA Supreme President George Philies started the first Canadian Chapter of AHEPA in Toronto.  By 1938 AHEPA was coast to coast in Canada; serving the members, society, and leaving an incredible impression in each community in which we were engaged.

Read More

The AHEPA member who is serving in Afghanistan

Click to view his blog here

Do you want to send a care package to Br. Vailas?  Please send it to:

Capt. Eleftherios Vailas 004
DCOM-Police
Camp Eggers
Kabul, Afghanistan
PO Box 5140 STN FORCES
Belleville, Ontario K8N 5W6