ACYOC Ski Trip 2007

another throwback of the past of my articles written

On Friday March 2, 2007 SR. ACYOC committee and participants embarked on a wonderful journey with the bus to Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario for a weekend getaway with the Armenian youth. About 30 to 35 people were in attendance. Before everyone arrived, a few people had already gone up to the chalet to prepare and get everything ready for everyone’s arrival. We thank Vicken Orfali for providing the transportation to Blue Mountain and Back to Toronto and taking our participants back and forth from the chalet to the Slopes. That night everyone was getting to know one another and enjoying a delicious meal which was Pasta and Salad. As the night progressed everyone was excited to be there and that was followed by great dancing to Armenian Music.

Our Pastor Reverend Archpriest Zareh Zargarian came to visit the youth on the first day and had a discussion on different topics. People had an option to ski or snowboard and some people just took the weekend as a relaxing getaway from daily, school and work stresses and so some people just stood back at the chalet and took that time to relax and meet with friends and newly made friends. That evening we had wonderful Tortilla’s for dinner but before dinner, we prayed with Father Zareh and we got to know one another a little better and it was followed by more Armenian Dancing and have a lot of fun and it was sad to say that it was the last night and the weekend was just too short for our participants.

On Sunday we had our breakfast and it was our morning to go back to Toronto and so everyone started to pack up and clean up before disembarkation from Blue Mountain.

The purpose of having a ski trip together was to unite the Armenian Youth together to enjoy and create everlasting memories and friendships for a lifetime. We thank the wonderful SR. ACYOC committee for working extremely hard to make sure it was a weekend that everyone will enjoy and remember for a lifetime and those names are the following: Vicken Orfali, Natalie Kouyoumdjian, Maral Deveci, Celine Kirkoc, Talin Orfali, Arman Tanelyan, Ara Libarian, Ara Keoshkerian, Kevin Evran, Raffi Orfali and Saro Khatchadourian. We hope to see you at our next Ski Trip and our upcoming events in the near future. God Bless you.

Bible Exploration Group gave a helping hand at Children’s Aid Society…


I know this is an old article I had written, but this is one of the articles in the past I wrote for my Armenian community website. I thought I share it with you all today.

On Wednesday November 12, 2008, twelve members of Holy Trinity Armenian Church Bible Study Group volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society to help out with Christmas Gift Wrapping. We met with Krista who gave us instructions and we started our work by sorting out the number of children in each family, their age and gender. There were 2 separate rooms full of toys for the girls and the boys. The evening was a great success and I thank everyone who came out and assisted.

We all had a great time knowing that we made a difference in the lives of less fortunate children and their families particularly in the Toronto area. When those children open up their gifts on Christmas morning, I am sure they will be happy and smiling that they have toys to play with and to enjoy everyday. This was our second time participating at the Children’s Aid Gift Wrapping Drive. It was great to work together for a great cause and have fun at the same time after which we celebrated our hard work at The Armenian Kitchen where we enjoyed delicious Armenian dishes. We ended off the evening with happy faces as we all went home. We will be back at Children’s aid next year to volunteer again.