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Consul General of Greece visits U of T Scarborough for “Greek Day”

The Consul General of Greece (far right) helps serve up Greek food at lunchtime on the U of T Scarborough campus at the recent Greek Day event. (Photo by Ken Jones.)

by Eleni Kanavas

Dimitris Azemopoulos, the Consul General of Greece in Toronto, visited the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) on March 23 in celebration of “Greek Day”, hosted by the Greek Students’ Association (GSA).

“Greek Day” at UTSC commemorates Greek Independence Day, held every year on March 25 to celebrate the liberation of Greece from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

Members of the GSA along with Professor Franco Vaccarino, principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough, and vice-president, University of Toronto, and Professor Rick Halpern, dean and vice-principal (academic) at the University of Toronto Scarborough welcomed the Consul General to the campus.

The event featured Hellenic culture celebrated through delicious cuisine, live music performed by the group Anadromi with singer Michalia Catsiliras, and traditional Greek dancing which drew a large crowd in the Student Centre. On behalf of all the student GSA members, president Maria Zoubaniotis, and vice-president Kaliopi Kefalianos presented Azemopoulos with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his continuous support and generous donation to the association. For more photos of the event, click here.

“I’m honoured and delighted to have been invited by the members of the Greek Students' Association and to meet the Principal and Dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough,” said Azemopoulos. “This was a fantastic event and I’m very glad that I was here today to celebrate and meet with so many of you.”

The Greek Students’ Association (GSA) is a student-led group at UTSC that also has chapters at the St. George and Mississauga campuses. The GSA works to bring together students of Hellenic descent to celebrate their culture within the university experience.

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