Annual Regional Seminar – Cornwall, 2012

The annual ARS Regional Seminar took place in Cornwall, April 14-15th in Cornwall. There were more than 100 participating members including members from Vancouver, Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Laval.

The meeting commenced with the ARS anthem, and opening remarks by ARS Canada Chairperson Anna Boulgarian.

The first lecture of the day was introduced by Nairi Shahinian who presented the regional structure, and upcoming planned initiatives.  She disclosed in further details projects that will take place to benefit Artsakh, Javakhk, Aleppo and other communities in need.

The second lecturer was Natalie Geokjian-Jigerjian who presented the topic of “Etiquette” and explained its origins, formalities and meanings in depth.  She expanded on the topic of etiquette from how one presents themselves in person, to how they present themselves in an e-mail, and how these differ by culture.

The third lecturer was Rebecca Mouradoghli, author of Sheep to SHERO. In the lecture, she explained what SHERO stands for: Spirituality, Humanity, Enlightenment, Responsibility and Opportunity and how these can be applied to our lives to live a purposeful life.

Following the lectures, there was a dinner reception hosted for all attendees with entertainment from Dj Kevork Kevorkian.

The following morning, the seminar continued with a lecture from Yeva Hairabedian, who shared the significance of movement and stretching. As the dance instructor of the Hamazkayin’s Ani Dance Ensemble of Montreal, it was interesting to learn from her expertise and experience as a dancer who has danced with the Bolshoi Ballet dance company and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.

The seminar ended with closing remarks by Anna Boulgarian and the singing of the Armenian national anthem.