SOAR - Toronto Chapter
SOAR-Toronto joined the SOAR family in April 2012. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Armenians who had escaped persecution from the Armenian Genocide settled in communities in southern Ontario. Thousands of Armenians likewise made their way to Canada after federal immigration policies became less restrictive during the 1950s, and in the early 1990s, some Armenians immigrated to Canada after disintegration of the Soviet Union. The Armenian community in Toronto, with a population figure of approximately 20,000, is centered in the neighborhoods of Don Valley Village and Pleasant View in north-central Toronto. The hub of the community is the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto. The Centre has a school offering education from kindergarten to high school. Armenian Apostolic churches include Holy Trinity Armenian Church (Diocese of the See of Holy Echmiadzin) and St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church (in Willowdale, pertaining to the diocese of the Holy See of Cilicia). Armenian Catholics have their own church, St. Gregory the Illuminator, in Toronto. Toronto Hye, an Armenian-related periodical, is published monthly by the community.
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Max Safaryan, a father of two, is proud to be part of SOAR and have an opportunity to contribute to this virtuous cause. When not busy leading the finance team of a large privately held US organization, he likes spending his spare time with his family in beautiful town of Burlington, travelling (especially to warm places during colder months), reading non fiction and business periodicals, improving his photography skills (which are still at amateur level), and just enjoying the simplicities of life. He firmly believes in continuous improvement of oneself and being a lifelong student. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance, an MBA, and number of professional designations, including a CMA.
Soon to be in her final year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University, Hasmik is a motivated and committed individual who is passionate about people, human health and serving others. Outside of academics, she has been actively involved in various types of community work including laboratory and clinical research, (hospital) volunteering, as well as the SOAR Toronto Chapter. Having spent most of her childhood in her native land, Armenia, she finds herself deeply connected to her roots. Throughout her life, Hasmik was privileged to live in several different countries and attend international schools around the world, which granted her with the opportunity to become proficient in multiple languages, including Armenian, English, Russian and French. As a proud Armenian, she hopes to remain connected to her roots and thus feels honoured to serve the Armenian community as a member of SOAR in Toronto. Prior to taking on the position of the Secretary in the Chapter, she was an active member by serving as a virtual English tutor for children at the Zatik Child Protection Centre in Yerevan, Armenia. Now as the Secretary she is determined and hopeful to facilitate positive change and better lives of Armenian children.