Annual General Meeting 2000

The Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday December 10, 1999, 4:00 p.m., at the University of Toronto, D. L. Pratt Building, Room LP 266 (or PT266), 6 King’s College Road.

Byzantine Lecture 2000

The guest speaker at this annual lecture, offered on the occasion of the permanent Byzantine Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, was Dr. Juliana Chrysostomides, of the University of London, England, and the title of the lecture was “War, Diplomacy and Peace in Byzantium.”

The event took place on Sunday, May 28, 2000, at 4:30 p.m., at the Theatre of the Royal Ontario Museum(R.O.M.), Theater room, level One Below.

The lecture was organized by HCAAO, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies and the Canadian Institute of Balkan Studies and sponsored by the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto

Award of the Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario scholarship

The Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario is committed to promoting university-level education among the Greek-Canadian youth. As a way of promoting this cause, this year, HCAAO awarded ascholarship of $1000 to a Greek descent university student through the competition of the Hellenic-Canadian Federation of Ontario. The award ceremony took place Saturday, April 8, 2000, 7 p.m., at the Polymenakeion Cultural Centre of the Greek Community of Toronto, 30 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto.

Below is the Certificate of Appreciation given to HCAAO for its contribution.

Letter of the Day in The Toronto Star: Thursday April 6, 2000

On Thursday, April 6, 2000, The Toronto Star published the following letter, written by Prof. Takis Yannoppoulos, member and former secretary of HCAAO.

Greeks hurt by scant coverage of independence day parade

Letter of the Day

The Toronto Star, Thursday, April 6, 2000, Page A29Re the March 27 GTA section article, “Protest outside Greek consulate calls for rights for Macedonians,” about a protest by a small group of people claiming human rights violations in Greece and Greece’s attempt to destabilize the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Star is free to cover any event it wishes. But I object to the way this event was covered. I consider it to be a slap in the face of the Greek community because your newspaper almost ignored a major event that took place on the same day: the Greek Independence Day parade.

The parade was attended by at least 80,000 people, with Ontario Opposition Leader Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman and the Mayor of Athens, Greece, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and many other dignitaries marching along Danforth Ave. None of these details was reported in your newspaper.

What is even more outrageous to the Greek community is that your combined your scant report of the Greek parade with a detailed report of a small demonstration by about 70 people (and not 200 as you reported) belonging to a small fringe group of individual who have territorial designs on Greece.

Not only that, but through a masterful manipulation of the two events – the parade and the demonstration – and by reporting a number of false accusations against Greece made by protesters, the end result was to tarnish in the eyes of the Canadian public, not only our parade, a source of pride to all Canadians of Greek descent, but also the good name that Greeks enjoy in this country.

There are no human rights violations in Greece. All ethnic minorities in Greece enjoy the same rights as the rest of the Greek population. Greece is not trying to destabilize the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Western-type democracy, and a full member of NATO and the European Community, Greece is considered to be the only source of stability in the Balkans.

Greece and the republic have enjoyed excellent diplomatic, commercial and cultural relations in the last few years and Greece fully recognizes the newly created country.

Hard-working Canadians of Greek descent are deeply hurt and outraged by your coverage.

Takis Giannopoulos, Toronto

Dinner-Dance 2000

The Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario in cooperation with the Hippocrates Hellenic-Canadian Medical Association, the Hellenic-Canadian Lawyers Association and the Asclepius Dental Society organized a dinner-dance on Saturday, February 26, 2000, at the Toronto Colony Hotel, Colony Ballroom, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto.

This was a fund-raising event. All proceeds go towards fellowships or bursaries for university students of Greek or Cypriot descent in Ontario.

Get-together Dinner 2000

The second get-together dinner took place on Sunday, January 30, 2000, at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club Ltd.

Members, potential members and their guests started gathering in the hall around 6 p.m. Chatting and drinking were followed by an excellent meal dinner, and a piano and violin performance by Dimitra Marangozi (piano, member of the Royal Conservatory of Music), and Yiannis and Giorgos Tourlakis (violin). The performance included Sonate for violin and piano BWV 1021, and Bach-double, by J. S. Bach. The event closed with popular and demotika Greek songs, played on the piano by Dimitra Marangozi and chorused by all participants.

Hellenic Studies Chair and Program at York University

One of the main activities of the Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario (HCAAO) is its involvement in the establishment of a permanent Hellenic Studies Chair and Program in one of the Toronto universities.

Recently, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation HHF, took the initiative to endow a permanent Hellenic Studies Chair and Program in one of the Toronto universities.

HCAAO worked closely with HHF and submitted a proposal for a Hellenic Studies Chair and Program to the different major Toronto Universities. After negotiations with the  University of Toronto and York University, a memorandum of agreement was signed with York University, on January 28, 2000.

The Hellenic Studies Program will start operating in September 2001, or as soon as an appropriate Chairholder is recruited. The operation of the Chair and its endowment will give rise to at least 4 half courses (in addition to those currently offered), research and other academic activities, as well as fellowships for students pursuing Hellenic studies.

HCAAO would like to thank all those who contributed to bringing this project – the signing of this agreement – to a success;

  • York University for their enthusiasm and determination to serve all communities, including the Greek-Canadian community; the Hellenic Heritage Foundation for their generous support; the Greek Community of Metro-Toronto, as well as the broader Greek-Canadian community for having given this project a priority status; and all the members of our association for providing continuing advice on academic matters.

As an association, we have been and continue to be willing to provide advice on any academic matter that may arise in the course of the establishment of the Chair and Program, using our understanding of the needs of the Greek-Canadian community, as well as our knowledge of and respect for academic principles and values.

To the left: Prof. Christina Christara, President HCAAO 1999-2001, addresses the participants of the ceremony for the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the Hellenic Studies Chair at York University, January 28, 2000.

Donation to the Hellenic Studies Chair Fund

During the years 2000 and 2001, the Hellenic-Canadian Academic Association of Ontario donated a total of $12,000 towards the Hellenic Studies Chair Fund. Of these, $2000 were the proceeds of the 1999 dinner-dance, and $10,000 were contributions of individuals.

For its contribution, HCAAO received the designations Iris Patron and Helios Partron (the years 2000 and 2001, respectively) the highest of their kind, by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, the organization that has undertaken the main financial responsibility for the endowment of the Chair.