SOAR - La Cañada Chapter
Po Box 217
La Cañada, CA 91012-0217
Nestled in the picturesque Crescenta Valley, La Cañada-Flintridge is situated between the San Gabriel Mountains and Angeles National Forest to the north and San Rafael Hills to the south. The city is home to Descanso Gardens and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
La Cañada-Flintridge has been home to many celebrities over the years, including Vince Vaughn; Angela Bassett; Mark Geragos; Ron Howard; Chris D'Elia; Diane Farr; Haley Joel Osment and Emily Osment; Kevin Costner; Bill Plaschke, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Steve Priest. Three of Walt Disney's top animators, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston and Eric Larson, as well as Academy Award winner Chris Buck, settled in this community. It is also a popular filming location, where portions of "American Pie," "Date Movie," "Old School," and the 1946 Frank Capra / James Stewart holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," were filmed.
The Crescenta Valley is heavily populated with an expanding Armenian community and has numerous Armenian organizations and centers. SOAR La Cañada brings SOAR's important mission to the region, continuing to raise awareness of the needs of orphaned Armenians around the world.
Board of Directors:
Gayane Vahanyan has always had the passion and devotion to help others and do everything possible to help out her community. Educating people well have always been a part of Gayane’s professional life. As a human rights defender, she earned the trust and loyalty of many people. Now as a Realtor she's done the very same, forging lasting relationships with satisfied clients who rely on her expertise. She has actively been involved in nonprofit organizations that focus on the rights of women and children in Armenia. She has also been helping the World Committee of Pan-Armenian Games to help connect Armenians from across the world. Originally from Armenia, Gayane holds two degrees and speaks fluent Armenian, Russian, English and French.
Klara was born and raised in Armenia. She obtained her degree in Linguistics at the University in Yerevan and started working in the NGO sector, also volunteering for the World Committee of Pan-Armenian Games. Klara is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English and Spanish. When she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 she followed her passion and went to one of the best professional makeup schools in Hollywood. She then started working in the entertainment and beauty industry having an amazing experience of working with world known celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, Sharon Stone, Christina Aguilera and others.
Now she is managing a home healthcare agency and working on a new career. Always learning, giving back and making a difference are things that excite her the most. She is now very happy to join SOAR and have the opportunity to contribute in the work of changing the lives of socially vulnerable children.