The Society of the Friends of Hellenism is formed by Mr. Nicholas Spillios, who is also its first president.
The Greek Orthodox Community of Edmonton holds its 50th Anniversary Celebration and Banquet, during the presidency of Mr. Sevastos (Stakis) Zervos. The event takes place at the Mayfield Inn Grand Ballroom. Mr. Ernie Afaganis is the master of ceremonies.
The V. Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Siarapis is appointed as the eighth full-time parish priest; he serves until September 2000.
2000 – 2001
The Church is served by the Rev. Dimitrios Polychroniadis, a retired priest, formerly serving the Calgary Community.
2001 – 2004
The Church is served by the V. Rev. Archimandrite Theodore Gove, who is also serving the Community in Prince George, B.C.
Investiture of Dr. Christopher J. Varvis as Archon Ekdikos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Dr. C. J. Varvis becomes the first Archon of the Patriarchate in Edmonton.
Courtesy of Dr. C. J. Varvis
Left to Right: The V. Rev. Archimandrite Theodore Gove, Archon Ekdikos Dr. C. J. Varvis, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, The V. Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Siarapis.
Christina Andrews serves as President of the Greek Orthodox Community. She is the first female president of a Greek Community in Canada.
The Rev. Ioannis Stylianos Kaoukakis is appointed as the ninth full-time parish priest; he is one of the first graduates of the Patriarchal Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy. He serves the Community until July 2016.
Rev. John Stylianos Kaoukakis
Photo courtesy of Ms. Athanasia Spillios
The Rev. Charalambos Tzintis is appointed as the tenth full-time parish priest. He serves the Community until September 2018.
Dr. George Georgiou, a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta is appointed cantor-primus (protopsaltis) of the Church. He studied byzantine music under the guidance of Petros Petrou, who was himself a student of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Mr. Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas. Dr. G. Georgiou received his diploma in Byzantine Music with distinction from the Music School of Athens. He will serve the Church as its cantor-primus until October 2018.
Investiture of Professor Dr. Athanasios Tavouktsoglou as Archon Referendarios of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Dr. Tavouktsoglou becomes the second Archon of the Patriarchate in Edmonton after Dr. C. J. Varvis. The Service is celebrated by Metropolitan Sotirios and Bishop Ilarion (Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada).
Left to Right: Rev. Charalambos Tzintis, Bishop Ilarion, Metropolitan Sotirios, Rev. Dimitrios Rougas,
Rev. Ronald Poworoznik
Courtesy of Ms. Anna Manadi-Stamatakis
Fr. Charalambos Tzintis is bestowed the offikion of Economos by Metropolitan Sotirios.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto and all Canada performs the investiture Service appointing professor Dr. George Georgiou to the rank of Protopsaltis (cantor-primus) of the Holy Metropolis of Toronto and all Canada.
KYKLOS officially dedicates its new wardrobe room in a renovated corner of the church basement. The room houses over 300 folk costumes and KYKLOS awards/paraphernalia. Minister Sarah Hoffman (Minister of Health) and Kathy Rigakis cut the official ribbon. Kathy Rigakis is also honoured for her many years of service and support to KYKLOS and the Hellenic costume tradition.
2018/07/03 – 2018/07/08
KYKLOS competes in the Llangollen International Music Festival in Wales, Great Britain and ranks 3rd place in the traditional folk category. In addition, the group performs five shows to audiences from around the world.
An Ad Hoc Committee is established to investigate the condition of the current church and community building at 10831 – 124 St. NW. Edmonton. It is also mandated to find out the values of the properties both at Jasper Avenue and 124 Street, and to make recommendations about the purchase/acquisition of a new building for the church and community. The committee consists of Mr. Nectarios Stamatakis PEng (chair), Mr. Constantinos (Dino) Loutas PEng, Dr. Demetri Kutsogiannis MD, Dr. Athanasios Tavouktsoglou (convener), Mr. Johnny Sergiannis and others as the need arises.
The Rev. Andreas Allain is appointed as the eleventh full-time parish priest. He is a graduate of the Patriarchal Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy.
More Info: https://greekorthodoxedmonton.ca/church/our-priest/
A new Church choir is established. The choir director is Ms. Joyce (Zoe) Sipsas; her daughter, Heidi, is the choir master/conductor. The associate choir director is Christina Andrews (see entry 2004/01/01 above and 2019/02/26 below). Mrs. C. Andrews once again becomes the Choir director in September 2019.
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto announces a $100,000 donation to the Patriarchal Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy by the late Kleoniki (Cleo) Girgulis (Georgulis) nee Barootes of Saskatoon. Cleo grew up in Edmonton and was a student in the first Greek School in 1932. Cleo Girgulis is the mother of Christina Andrews, past president of the G. O. Community of Edmonton (see entry 2004/01/01 above), current treasurer of the Board of Directors, and associate director of the church choir. Christina Andrews together with her sisters Ann Andrews (Edmonton) and Vasilia Kashmarski (Calgary) are also active members of the Daughters of Penelope.
KYKLOS celebrates its 35th anniversary with an impressive performance at the Timms Centre for the Arts.
The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elevates the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada) to Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada. Metropolitan Sotirios is elevated to the rank of Archbishop of Canada and all Arctic.
The following is the announcement from the official web site of the patriarchate:
“…Ἐξ ἄλλου, ἡ Ἁγία καί Ἱερά Σύνοδος ἀπεφάσισε τήν μετονομασίαν τῆς Ἱερᾶς Μητροπόλεως Τορόντο εἰς Ἱεράν Ἀρχιεπισκοπήν Καναδᾶ, τόν δέ ἐν αὐτῇ ἀρχιερατεύοντα Σεβ. Μητροπολίτην κ. Σωτήριον, εἰς Σεβ. Ἀρχιεπίσκοπον Καναδᾶ, ὑπέρτιμον καί ἔξαρχον πάσης Ἀρκτικῆς, τηρουμένης τῆς ἐν τῷ Συνταγματίῳ τῶν Ἱεραρχῶν τοῦ Οἰκουμενικοῦ Θρόνου θέσεως αὐτοῦ”.
The United Conservative Party (UCP) under Mr. Jason Kenney wins the Provincial Elections in Alberta. Dr. Demetrios Nicolaides of Calgary is appointed Minister of Advanced Education. He is the first politician of Hellenic descent (Cyprus) to be appointed in the Alberta Government.
Courtesy of Legislative Assembly of Alberta
The Met Youth is established in Edmonton. Met Youth is a faith-based organization with the goal of involving Orthodox youth in the life of the church. It aims to educate youth in the Orthodox faith and lifestyle through various religious events, church services, several initiatives and volunteer opportunities as well as connecting local youth with other Greek Orthodox youth both regionally and nationally
The first Board of Directors are:
Elizabeth Helmak (President),
Alexander Seminatore (Vice-President),
Athena Tsoukalas (Secretary),
Thanasi Pananos (Treasurer),
Maria Lukowich (Board Member).
Courtesy of Ms. Elizabeth Helmak
The Met Youth Regional Assembly in Regina, February 14 – 16, 2020.
Under the presidency of His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened for its regular session, today, Thursday, February 13th, 2020, in order to examine and discuss items on its agenda.
During this meeting, at the request of His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the members of the Holy and Sacred Synod duly casted their votes in the Sacred Patriarchal Church, electing unanimously three Auxiliary Bishops under His Eminence Archbishop Sotirios of Canada. Specifically, those elected are V. Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Mostratos, with the title Bishop of Keramon, the V. Rev. Archimandrite Alexander Salmas, with the title Bishop of Patara, and the V. Rev. Archimandrite Demetrios Antonopoulos with the title Bishop of Zenoupolis.
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod.
The World Health Organization declares a pandemic due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). By order of His Eminence, Archbishop Sotirios, all G. O. Churches in Canada are to remain closed to the general public until further notice. All Holy Services are conducted regularly with only the priest, the cantor and the sexton (church caretaker) present. The Services are stream-lined on the social media.
CTV News features the following article about the G. O. Community’s efforts to develop its property on Jasper Avenue.
Edmonton’s Greek Orthodox Church looking to develop new downtown retail space
CTV News Edmonton
Published Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:26PM MDT
EDMONTON — St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church is stepping into the land development industry.
The church hopes its empty lot on the southwest corner of Jasper Avenue and 114 Street will soon be home to a new retail space.
If approved, the 16,000 square foot piece of land will host a three-storey commercial building dubbed ’14.’
The building would boast 44,000 square feet of floor space across three floors, and include underground parking.
The land was purchased by Edmonton’s Greek Orthodox Community 75 years ago for $2,745.
“Our grandparents came here, bought this piece of land,” the church’s realtor, Chris Karampelas,
told CTV News Edmonton by video chat.
“It was really good to us for a long period of time and we think it’s on us now to take this piece of
real estate and utilize it and showcase something that our future generation will have,” he said.
Edmonton’s Greek Orthodox Church’s former building sat on the land until the church moved to
its current location on 124 Street in the early 1990s.
After that, a portion of the Edmonton Motors dealership occupied the lot.
The dealership decided to move and its lease expired December of last year.
The Greek Orthodox Church hopes to break ground on the project by fall of this year.
The development is awaiting approval from the City of Edmonton.