On November 19, 2011 the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church (HTAC) and “Hayreniq” Association presided by Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian organized a social gathering and meeting with His Excellency Mr. Armen Yeganyan, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia in Canada. This was the first meeting of its kind with the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in Canada and more than 270 guests from the Armenian Community of Toronto gathered at the church’s “Magaros Artinian” hall to meet with Mr. Yeganyan.
The chairman of “Hayreniq” Association, Mr. Hovhannes Petrosyan greeted the guests and introduced the mission of the Association as well as the work that has been done under the umbrella of Holy Trinity Armenian Church in the last 5 years. Further, Mr. Petrosyan encouraged everyone to actively participate in the Armenian community life, to make new friends and bring in their families and friends.
In his welcoming speech, Fr. Zargarian expressed his sincere happiness to have the Ambassador and First Secretary of Consular Affairs, Mrs. Lusine Movsisyan at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic church of Toronto.
Mr. Stephan Ekmekjian, the Vice-Chair of church’s parish council, introduced the ambassador to the public, read Mr. Yeganian’s biography and invited him to the podium. Mr. Yeganyan stated that this was his first social gathering with the Armenian community of Toronto and he was looking forward to more meetings in the future. Mr. Yeganyan made a presentation on the following topics of interest: the Armenian Foreign policy overview, the Dual citizenship policy, the Laws pertaining to business investments and Business Environment in Armenia.
In addition to presenting the current state of the foreign policy of Armenia, Mr. Yeganyan discussed the migration rate in Armenian as well as Nagorno-Karabakh issues and its possible resolution stage. Further, he outlined the activites of the Armenian Embassy in Ottawa and the achivements and challenges the diplomatic corps faces.
After the presentation, the ambassador answered to the questions of the Armenian community members. He showed sincere understanding of the issues raised and demonstrated a supportive approach on behalf of the Armenian embassy and himself towards the problems that some Armenian community members were dealing with. He felt that, if the Armenian community gets more involved, other creative ways can be found to make our homeland as prosperous as it can be for the current and next generations to come.
After the official part of the meeting, the «Hayreniq» Association had planned a unique opportunity for further dialogue between the embassy staff and community members. While socialising, people openly shared their thoughts on urgent economic issues in Armenia and proposed solutions to these challenges.As the gathering continued in a warm and friendly environment, people felt encouraged to ask any questions that interested them. Some of the key concerns were regarding the dual citizenship, the new procedure of the Republic of Armenia regarding draftees, as well as various cultural, social and economy related questions.
At the end of the evening Fr. Zargarian thanked Mr. Yeganyan and Mrs. Movsisyan for accepting the invitation and coming to Toronto for this informative and much necessary meeting. Also, he appreciated the presence of the community members & for their involvement in this interactive gathering.
We are looking forward to see you all soon in similar events in a very near future.