Με μια ακόμα επιτυχημένη χρονιά έκλεισε το 24o Ετήσιο Gala του Hellenic Heritage Foundation BLUE and WHITE BALL συγκεντρώνοντας κεφάλαια για την υποστήριξη της Εκπαίδευσης της Ελληνικής Γλώσσας σε όλο τον Καναδά. Την εκδήλωση τίμησε με την παρουσία του ο Αρχιεπισκόπος Κανάδα κ.Σωτήριος , ο Γενικός Πρόξενος Ελλάδας του Τορόντο κ.Βίκτωρ Μαλιγκούδης, η Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Κυρία Μπέττυ Σκουτάκη και πολλοί άλλοι επίσημοι της Ελληνικής Παροικίας. Αυτό όμως που έκλεψε την παράσταση και εντυπωσίασε όλους τους παρευρισκόμενους, ήταν το καταπληκτικό χορευτικό της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας του Τορόντο.
Χορευτικό της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας του Τορόντο.
MESSAGE FROM THE HHF PRESIDENT TONY LOURAKIS
On behalf of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, I am pleased to
welcome you to the 24th Annual HHF Gala, the Blue & White Ball,
our premier fundraising event of the year.
Thank you for your support and generosity. Working with donors,
partners, sponsors and leaders in our community, the HHF is
making significant contributions in promoting Hellenic culture,
language and education in Canada, providing opportunities and
new experiences for youth and many others in our community.
We’re happy to be able to get together again after a long two years.
Despite the challenges the pandemic brought, I’m happy to report
that our members and volunteers were able to continue supporting
and promoting Hellenic culture, language and education in Canada with the continued
support of our donor community and sponsors.
Supporting Greek language education programs at the primary level continues to be a
key priority for the HHF. Working with our partners at the University of Toronto, we have
developed a Greek language education portal www.greeklanguage.ca, which serves as a
valuable online resource tool to support teachers, students and families across Canada. We
are providing new textbooks and workbooks to students enrolled in Greek language schools
in communities across the country and continue to o_er a very successful “E_ective Teacher
Training” certificate course with our partners from York University to all Greek teachers, as
Our annual podcast series has generated immense interest not only in Canada but around
the world, covering a variety of important historical topics including the significance of the
200th Anniversary of Greek Independence and the 100th anniversary, this year, of the
exodus of Greeks from Asia Minor in 1922. We have also focused on engaging the next
generation of young leaders within the organization through a newly developed mentorship
program, a speaker series called “HHF Talks” and opportunities to study abroad in Greece
through our University programs and a program called “Heritage Greece” o_ered through
the National Hellenic Society in collaboration with the American College of Greece.
The HHF was particularly proud to work with the Royal Ontario Museum this year to bring
Kore 670 to Canada in an exchange program with the Government of Greece and the
Acropolis Museum in Athens. Through a significant contribution by the HHF, we were able
to serve as Lead Patron Sponsor of the Exhibit allowing visitors the opportunity to see this
remarkable find from Archaic Greece.
The Kore Exhibit will be with us for the entire summer and returning to Athens on September
25. Be sure to see her while you can!
• $3.5 million (with matching funds from the Ontario Government and York University) to
endow the HHF Chair of Modern Greek Studies at York University, supported by graduate
fellowships and undergraduate scholarships.
• $2 million to establish a permanent Hellenic Studies Program at the Munk School of Global
Affairs at the University of Toronto.
• $100,000 (with matching funds from the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation) to create
the Anaximandros Fellowship at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.
• $100,000 (with matching funds from the Mirkopoulos Family and the University of Toronto)
to create the HHF Nick Mirkopoulos Memorial Graduate Fellowship at the Faculty of Music
at the University of Toronto.
• Significant monetary contributions and support to the Greek Community of Toronto, the
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto [Canada], the Hellenic Home for the Aged, the
Hellenic Hope Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children.
• Ongoing support of Hellenic heritage, culture and education by funding initiatives in film,
photography, live theatre, conferences and many more activities.
Most recently, we launched a fundraising campaign in support of our newest
major project initiative – the HHF Greek Canadian Archives. In collaboration with
York University, this investment will preserve our Hellenic culture, heritage and
history of Greek immigration to Canada, ensuring that it will be shared with future
generations to come.
We’re very proud of our dedicated team of Directors, Members and Volunteers.
Along with your support, over the past two decades, we have raised over $10
million in support of these causes and our mission to promote, preserve and
advance Hellenism in Canada.
Thank you for your continued generosity and we hope you enjoy the evening.
Η δεξίωση ξεκίνησε λίγο μετά της 8:00μμ με τον χαιρετισμό του Προέδρου του Hellenic Heritage Foundation κ.Τόνη Λουράκη, ακολούθησε με προσευχή ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Καναδά κ. Σωτήριος και στην συνέχεια η ομιλία του Γενικού Προξένου της Ελλάδας στο Τορόντο κ. Βίκτωρ Μαλιγκούδη.
Πρόεδρος ΗΗFΑρχιεπίσκοπος Καναδά κ.Σωτήριος
Γενικός Πρόξενος Ελλάδας του Καναδά
Μετά τις ομιλιές ο Πρόεδρος του Hellenic Heritage Foundation κ.Τόνης Λουράκης απένειμε δυο βραβεία στους ομογενείς Vassy Kapelos και John Maris.
Τονης Λουρακης και Vassy KapelosΤόνης Λουράκης και John Maris
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT UNDER 40
YEARS OF AGE
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation is proud to bestow its 2022
Outstanding Achievement Under 40 Award to Vassy Kapelos. Vassy
is well-known across Canada as the host of CBC News Network’s
Power & Politics, based in Ottawa. Prior to working at CBC, she was
Ottawa bureau chief and host of The West Block on Global News.
Vassy is an award-winning journalist. She has covered and anchored
multiple elections, both federal and provincial, reported on breaking
news events across Canada, and covered stories and events all
over the world, taking her to places such as Rio de Janeiro, Iraq, South Korea and Japan.
She has interviewed prominent individuals from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to NATO
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Vassy holds a BA in Political Science (Western University) an MA, Political Science
(Dalhousie University) and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Edward
R. Murrow award for her work on a series called Code Red, a Canadian Screen Award for
“Best Live Production, Social Media” in 2020, and the 2021 Leitch Lecture Award from the
University of Alberta and University of Calgary’s Faculties of Law.
Vassy is an excellent role model and mentor to many young journalists. She has demonstrated
immense energy in pursuing a demanding profession, while raising a family and contributing
to the wellbeing of her community. Her dedication to her career is inspirational and her
contributions to helping others in her community are exceptional.
Vassy has dedicated her time to a number of communities and charitable organizations
across Canada. She has helped organize multiple fundraisers and has worked with
Community Living and the Toronto District School Board to run a learn-to-row program
for underprivileged and special needs children. Each year, she also volunteers her energy
and time to host and/or moderate about 25 events and panels for di_erent organizations
including Canada 2020, the University of Calgary, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The
Hellenic Initiative Canada and most recently the HHF Next Generation Speaker Series,
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation congratulates Vassy for her outstanding
and exemplary contributions and is honoured to present this Award.
2022 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation is proud to bestow its 2022 Lifetime
Achievement Award to Dr.John Maris. John is a leader in Canada’s
aerospace industry. He is the founder and president of Marinvent, an
aerospace and training services consultancy company. John holds
a PhD in Aviation Safety and Human Factors, Master’s degrees in
Aviation Management and Aviation Science, and an undergraduate
Aeronautical Engineering degree from prestigious universities. He
is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Canadian
Aeronautics and Space Institute. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental
Test Pilots and a member of the Order of Professional Engineers of Quebec. John is an
ambassador for Canadian aerospace on the world stage and one of the leading voices for
small business within the Canadian aerospace community. His achievements have directly
contributed to the advancement of Canadian aviation’s growth and global impact.
Throughout John’s career, he has remained an active community volunteer and mentor for
students and young entrepreneurs. He participates on numerous university boards and has
taught post-graduate university courses on a variety of subjects within the aviation industry.
John has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career and
his contributions, inventions and patents in aviation and aerospace have earned him
international recognition as a leader in his field. Among his many recognitions, John received
the coveted McKee Trophy from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the
Floyd Award from the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for his outstanding and
exceptional contributions to aviation in Canada. In 2018, John was admitted to the Canadian
Aviation Hall of Fame, joining esteemed Canadian aviators, for his role in inventing the world
standard in Electronic Aeronautical Charting, as well as for his twelve-year military service
and contributions to the International Space Station program as manager during the early
development of the Robotics Workstations that control the Space Station’s Canadarm2.
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation is honoured to present John Maris with the Lifetime
Achievement Award for his outstanding and exemplary accomplishments.
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Μετά απο δύο χρόνια απουσίας του Gala λόγο της πανδημίας, οι ομογενείς είχαν την χαρά να απολαύσουν την καταπληκτική μουσική της ορχήστρας και τον ταλαντούχο Dj και να διασκεδάσουν με γλέντι και χορό.
Για την καταπληκτική βραδιά του 24oυ Ετήσιου Gala του Hellenic Heritage Foundation BLUE and WHITE BALL αξίζουν συγχαρητήρια και ένα μεγάλο μπράβο στους διοργανωτές της βραδιάς τον κ.Γιώργο Κερογλήδη, και τους συνεργάτες του.
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