SOAR-Cyprus joined the SOAR family in May 2014. The relationship of Armenians with Cyprus and their presence on the island is very old, and they have shared a mutual economic and cultural association for many centuries. Armenians in Cyprus have a structured community with a long history, and their presence has enriched the island in several ways. They are a recognized minority with their own language, schools, churches, cemeteries, monuments, information media, social institutions, customs, traditions, and cultural life.
During the Middle Ages, Cyprus had an extensive connection with the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. More recently, the short-lived National Educational Orphanage and the Melkonian Educational Institute were very influential, as was the presence of the Armenian Legion in Cyprus. Cyprus was the first country to bring the issue of the Armenian Genocide recognition to the plenary session of the United National General Assembly in 1965 and the second country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide in 1975.
Currently, Armenians in Cyprus maintain a notable presence of about 3,500 on the island, mostly centered in the capital Nicosia, but also in Larnaca and Limassol, where they have churches, schools, associations, cemeteries, and monuments. There is also a small unstructured Armenian community in Paphos. The Armenian Prelate of Cyprus is located in Nicosia.
The Cyprus Chapter oversees the SOAR Life Skills Coaching Program.
Board of Directors:
Since 2006 Tatev Petrosyan has been a practicing professional Life Coach. She has a broad background in the fields of mental health including Psychology, Hypnotherapy, Energy Healing, NLP, Innate Health, and Coaching, all of which she acquired around the world.
She lives in Cyprus but works with clients worldwide on a daily basis.
Lusine Aghajanyan has her Bachelor’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Management from Armenian State University of Economics (in 2009) and has her Diploma in Accounting and Business from Oxford Brookes University. She is now in her final stage of studies to become a Chartered Accountant (ACCA member). Since 2010, Lusine has been working as an Accountant at FML Ship Management Ltd., and in 2013 she has also been a Business Associate in Probitus International Ltd. She is a Member of Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) and Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). Between 2003 and 2006 Lusine volunteered in “Bridge of Hope” Community Centre in Yerevan as a Mathematics and Drawing teacher for special needs students.
Alla earned her Diploma of Economics, Accounting and Supervision from the State Engineering College of Armenia in 2002. She went to earn her Master's of Economics and Management of Enterprises from the State Engineering University of Armenia in 2011. Alla has held positions as the Shop Manager for Sicily LTD, the Front Office Cash Accountant Supervisor for Debenhams Department Stores and the Shop Manager for MI Designerlights LTD (design house Oikade). She is currently the owner and managing director at HESTIA home.
Alla is fluent in English, Greek, Russian and Armenian. She is happy to be a part of SOAR-Cyprus.