By the initiative and instructions of His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate a unique spiritual tradition has been put in place in the life of the Armenian Church Diocese of Canada. Following the Annual General Meetings of our respective parishes and after electing the new council the Blessing Ceremony of each Parish Council is held.

On May 15, 2011 Primate Galstanian performed the ceremony of Blessing of the Parish Council at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral of Montreal. His Eminence prayed the Almighty God to grant the members of the parish councils all across our Churches under the jurisdiction of the Diocese heavenly blessings, wisdom and courage to better serve the Church and the faithful.

The Parish Council Members are:

Rev. Fr. Vazgen Boyajyan President
Meguerditch Kanondjian Chairman
Marguerite Kazarian Vice-Chairperson
Roupen Arakelian Secretary
Rachel Doramajian Accountant
Jirayr Dolar Treasurer
Maro Badiguian Consultant
Shoushan Aroyan Consultant
Ashod Martirossian Consultant
Antreas Arevian Consultant
Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Toronto

On Sunday, May 1, 2011 after the Divine Liturgy, the newly elected & re-elected parish council members received special blessing from the Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian who wished them well and noted the importance of their commitment to the Holy Trinity Armenian Church and its God pleasing mission.

The council’s chairperson is Mr. John Satouri and the Vice-Chair is Mr. Stephan Ekmekjian.
The Parish Priest, along with the Parish Council, is the administrative authority of the parish administering and directing the affairs and activities of the parish, including the affairs of the subordinate organizations and is custodian of all property which belongs to the parish. A majority of the members of the Parish Council in the presence of the Priest constitute a quorum.

The Parish Assembly elects the Parish Council. They carry out the decisions of the Assembly and present the annual report and financial statement to the Assembly. One of the major duties of the Parish Council is to ensure the proper and regular performance of church services.

The 2011 Parish Council Members are:
Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian, President
John Satouri, Chairman
Stephan Ekmekjian, Vice-Chairman
Levon Kaltakjian, Secretary
Rosin Imasdounian, Treasurer
Hrant Ketenjian, Advisor
Kevork Barounian, Advisor
Sibil Kurkjian, Advisor
France Kandaharian, Advisor
Rostom Mirzoyan, Advisor
Krikor Apel, Advisor
Talar Yardemian, Advisor
Susana Harutunyan, Advisor

Holy Cross Armenian Church, Laval

On Sunday, May 22, 2011 on the feast of the apparition of the Holy Cross and following the Divine Liturgy celebration in Laval Holy Cross Church Primate Galstanian performed the blessing ceremony of the Parish Council.

The 2011 Parish Council members are:

Rev. Fr. Komitas Mirzakhanyan, Pastor
Albert Yeghikian, Chairman
Mariana Arakliyan, Secretary
Rafik Zeinalian, Treasurer
Vazgen Manoukian, Vice-Chaireman
Lucy Babikian, Vice- Secretary
Georgik Shahbazi, Vice-Treasurer
Haroutioun Ohannessian, Advisor
Alen Navasargian, Advisor
Karen Simonyan, Advisor


St. Mesrob Armenian Church, Ottawa

On Sunday, June 12, 2011 Reverend Father Myron Sarkissian, Pastor of St. Mesrob Parish in Ottawa celebrated Holy Divine Liturgy. Following Sourp Badarak, Der Hayr performed the blessing ceremony of the Parish Council.

The 2011 Parish Council members are:

Mr. Ardashes Koundakjian, Chair
Mr. Hagop Dokmajian, Vice Chair
Mrs. Ani Kassabian, Treasurer
Mrs. Nina Ashekian, Advisor
Mrs. Nancy Soghandjian, Advisor

St. Vartan Armenian Church, Mississauga

Mr. Vasken Altounian, Chair
Mr. Sarkis Hamboyan, Secretary
Mrs. Lilian Sevadjian, Treasurer
Mr. Melkon Melkon, Advisor
Mr. Bedros Garabetian, Advisor
Mr. Van Vanes, Advisor

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, St. Catharines

Harout Minoian, Chairman
Eddy Boyagyan, Vice Chairman
Lisa Torosian Pontikas, Secretary
Harout Zakarian, Treasurer
Dr. Hagop Mazmanian, Advisor
Hrayr Paroyan, Advisor
Arsen Kassabian, Advisor

St. Mary Armenian Church, Hamilton

Karnig Capadisli, Chairman
Armenag Arteen, Vice Chairman
Vahag Asatryan, Secretary
Lida Alexanian, Treasurer
Kevork Papazian, Advisor
Mesrob Dermanouelian, Advisor
Agnes Bogossian, Advisor

St. Vartan Armenian Church, Vancouver

Hagop Attarmigirian, Chairman
Segey Maranjian, Vice Chairman
Brigitte Karakas, Secretary
Shant Tersakian, Vice secretary
Arax Amirian, Treasurer
Khachatur Mkrtchyan, Vice treasurer
Bedros Shabanian, Advisor
Onnik Isbeceryan, Advisor
Daniel Tacvorian, Advisor