SOAR - Vancouver Chapter
Vancouver joined the SOAR family in December 2015. The 2006 census determined that there were more than 50,000 Armenians living in Canada, and 30,130 had Armenian as their mother tongue. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Armenians settled in communities in southern Ontario. Early immigrants congregated in kratarans, or reading rooms where Armenian Canadians shared Armenian literature. A large part of the Armenian diaspora in Canada came from nations in the Middle East and Europe. Canada has also seen increased immigration from Armenia, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Most Armenian-Canadians are in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario and are active in community life. Smaller communities exist in the central and Maritime Provinces, with a slightly larger community in British Columbia.
The Armenian community in Vancouver, British Columbia, which had 1,915 people of Armenian ancestry per the 2006 Canadian Census, is home to two Armenian Apostolic Churches: St Vartan Armenian Church (diocese to the See of Holy Echmiadzin) and St. Gregory the Illuminator (in Richmond, pertaining to the diocese of the Holy See of Cilicia). Armenians in Vancouver include those that immigrated from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. In 2014, the community inaugurated the Armenian Genocide Memorial, commemorating the first Genocide of the 20th century.
Board of Directors:
Syune Hakobyan , MD
Dr. Syune Hakobyan was born in Armenia. She graduated from Yerevan State Medical University after Mkhitar Heratsi (YSMU) Faculty of General Medicine, earning a Degree of Medical Doctor (MD). She completed her Family Physician Residency Training in Yerevan State Medical University’s Department of Family Medicine and continued to work at the same University’s Department of Infectious Diseases. She was a Lecturer/Instructor of Infectious Diseases (in Armenian, Russian, and English) before she moved to Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Syune Hakobyan continued her studies at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Medicine and earned the Degree of Master of Health Sciences (MHSc, Clinical Epidemiology). She is actively involved in Clinical Research work currently. Dr. Hakobyan is a Manager of Vancouver Infectious Diseases Clinic, a tertiary care multidisciplinary clinic, providing clinical care and conducting many clinical trials.
She is a mother of 7 year-old Sevak, who is fluent in Armenian, French, and English. Dr. Hakobyan is very excited to establish a SOAR Chapter in Vancouver, which can help orphaned children in Armenia.