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SOAR La Cañada Chapter

SOAR-LaCanada@soar-us.org
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.


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Board of Directors:



Angela_BassettAngela Bassett
Honorary Chairperson

Angela is an American actress and film director. Gifted and charismatic, Angela has captivated audiences around the world with her extensive career in film and theatre. Angela has earned numerous Academy Award nominations, Emmy award nominations, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She is well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women, including Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, and Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream. She has earned nominations for her roles in The Score, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet the Browns, and Jumping the Broom. Angela has won awards for her performances in How Stella Got her Groove Back and Music of the Heart. Currently, she is working on American Horror Story.

She will be a magnanimous force for children who struggle to have a voice in this world!




Hasmig Demirdjian
President

Hasmig was born in Aleppo, Syria and moved to the United States with her family in 1989. After continuing her education, she received her paralegal certificate from California State University of Northridge. She has worked in the real estate, insurance, and loan underwriting business for 10 years. From a young age, she has had a passion to help others, volunteering in different Armenian organizations and leading numerous fundraising events. She has belonged to the AGBU family since her childhood and continues to support the movement. Hasmig joined SOAR in 2012 to enrich the lives of all the Armenian orphans around the world. She and her husband have two boys, Alec and Aren.


Tsolaire Aghamanoukian
Treasurer

Tsolaire was born in Beirut, Lebanon. At the age of 20, she moved to Canada with her family. She got her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Concordia University in Montreal, and continued her graduate studies in the teaching field, obtaining a Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Mathematics from York University in Toronto. Tsolaire has taught high school mathematics and music in Canada. In 2007, Tsolaire along with her husband Greg and two children moved to Glendale, California, where she taught mathematics at Chamlian Armenian School for several years. Tsolaire has been an active member of the Armenian community throughout her life. In recent years, she has been involved in many philanthropic projects. The objectives of SOAR are dear to Tsolaire and have inspired her to devote her talents and resources in furthering this wonderful cause.



Sofia Haroutounian
Secretary

Sofia was born in Gyumri, Armenia. She moved to the United States with her family after the 1988 earthquake in Gyumri. After high school, she completed computer courses and received her computer certificate in 1999. For many years she was in the banking industry. Sofia has been happily married for 15 years and is a proud mother of her two children, Harout and Natalie. Since her children have been attending preschool and now grade school, she has been very involved in the PSC and volunteers for many different events. She is also an active member of Homenetmen Pasadena Azadamard Chapter. Her goal is to help the Armenian Community and the children in need. As a mother Sofia believes how important it is for children to be in a safe and healthy environment. By joining SOAR she is eager to reach out and help the orphans!




Zepur Shahoian
PR/Social Media

Zepur was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated with a double major from UCSB in 2004 in both Law and Society (Criminal Justice) and Philsophy (Ethics and Public Policy). In 2005, she received her Master’s in Education with a Teaching Credential to pursue her dream of working with and educating youth. In 2007, she earned her Administrative Credential and became a Vice Principal. She has been in this role in both public and private schools serving 6th through 12th grade students.

Since she was a teenager, Zepur has been volunteering for causes that are dear to her heart, all of them involving children who are less fortunate. Being a new mom, she wanted to make sure to continue giving to others in order to set a positive example for her son. Participating in SOAR accomplishes not only her desire to give back, but to a cause that is worthwhile and needed.


Jasmine Tahmasian

Jasmine (Jenia) Tahmasian was born and raised in Kuwait. She is an Alumni of Melkonian Educational Institute, a prestigious AGBU boarding school located in Cyprus. She moved to Los Angeles with her Family in 1998, to continue her education. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a PharmD degree as a pharmacist. She owns a pharmacy in the heart of Glendale with her husband Raffi, who is also a pharmacist. They have two boys, Nareg and Aram.

Before getting her PharmD degree, Jenia worked in many different fields such as paralegal, administrative manager and travel agent. She is fluent in 4 languages. Helping people is her passion in life. Her drive to help the less fortunate, especially children is the reason she joined SOAR. She believes that “No child should be deprived of basic life necessities”.