At the Greek Festival of Laval
Despite the heavy rain on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, the four-day Greek Festival of Laval, organized by the HCGM local Regional Council, was a tremendous success, since on Sunday and Monday the pleasant sunny weather welcomed about three thousand visitors, who attended and celebrated Canada Day, in their own, Greek way.
The event was blessed by Father Vassilios Tsaprailis, and honoured by the presence of the Honorary Consul General of Greece in Montreal Michalis Gavriilidis, Federal MPs Emmanuella Lambropoulou and Fayçal El-Khoury, Provincial MNAs Guy Ouellette and Monique Sauvé, candidate MP Tom Pentafoundas, Municipal Councilor Sandra El-Helou, who represented Laval’s Mayor Marc Demers, City Councilors Aline Dib, Aglaia Revelakis, HCGM President Annie Koutrakis and many Members of the Community’s Board of Directors and Regional Councils.
With excitement and pride, the President of the Community Annie Koutrakis thanked and congratulated all the volunteers for their excellent work organizing the festival: « I have lived about half my life in Laval. My children graduated from the “Demosthenes” campus of our school, École Socrates-Démosthène. I would like to express my gratitude for this spectacular event that our tireless volunteers have prepared. On the occasion of Canada’s 152nd anniversary, I wish you all, bonne fête Canada. Happy Canada Day ».
Pavlos Laskaris, Alexandros Batsoulis and Nikos Anastasiou and their bands, as well as DJs from Absolut Disco, performed their very best to entertain the attendees. MC Stelio Yantsulis was an excellent host Dance troupes « Syrtaki, » « Romiosini, » the Association of Cretans and the Panarcadian Brotherhood performed traditional dances from different parts of Greece.
The HCGM Laval Regional Council would like to thank all the volunteers for the tens of hours of their tireless efforts, as well as our donors and financial supporters: Lanvac, Pharmacie Nicolas Liounis and Anastasios Anagnostopoulos, M. Fayçal El-Khoury, Député de Laval Les Îles, M. Guy Ouellette, Député de Chomedey, Mme Aglaia Revelakis, Conseillère municipale du quartier Chomedey, P.A. Supermarkets, Adonis Supermarkets, Chateau Royal Reception Halls, Dr. Christos Sideris, Orthodontist, Les Immeubles Kronos Inc., AMGA Poultry & Meat Co. Ltd., Ambrosia Pastry-Bakery, Mme Monique Sauvé, Députée de Fabre, Mme Eva Nassif, Députée de Vimy, M. Christopher Skeete, Député de Sainte Rose, Mme Aline Dib, Conseillère municipale du quartier St-Martin, M. Ray Khalil, Conseiller Municipal du Quartier Ste-Dorothée, M. Vasilios Karidogiannis, Conseiller Municipal du Quartier l’Abord-à-Ploufe, Groupes Yves Legare / Alfred Dallaire, Andreas Alevras, Accounting, Docteur Silencieux, Urgel Bourgie, Lillie’s Bakery and Marathon Souvlaki. A big “thank you” also goes to Salamina Foods, Les Abris Snogone Inc., Mourelatos Supermarket, Bijouterie B. Serkos, Lexim – Christos Mavrogianis, Restaurant Village grec, Christina’s Restaurant, Galleria, Serano Bakery, Hawaii Supermarket for their contribution.