Toronto ARS Roubina Chapter – Bazaar 2018
The ARS Roubina Chapter’s annual bazaar took place on November 3 and 4, 2018 at the Armenian Community Center in Toronto. Ungerouhi Zaroug Tchaderian, Chairwoman of the committee, gave the opening remarks at 11:00 AM. Invited guests included Father Gomidas Panossian of Ste. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, Mr. Sevak Kupelian, Regional Representative of Gomide, Ungerouhis Sylvie Ohanian and Nathalie Manoukian, ARS Canada Regional representatives, and many ARS members, friends and compatriots who support the work of the organization.
Mrs Tchaderian invited Mr. Sevak Kupelian, who gave his words of appreciation on behalf of all sister organizations operating in the Armenian Community Center.
Ungerouhi Vartoug Bardakjian, Vicechairwoman of ARS Roubina Chapter, presented the honorary guest, Ungerouhi Mirella Tanoyan and, after appreciating her services of many years on various ARS committees, invited her to do the opening of the bazaar by cutting the ribbon.
Father Komitas Panossian blessed the bazaar with the wishes of success, at which time the bazaar was officially open.
Roubina Chapter displayed their beautiful Armenian daghavar (scarfs, table cloths, aprons, etc.) along with kids’ t-shirts, hats and scarfs. Most of these items were from Armenia. When patrons grew tired from shopping, they were able to take a rest in the seating area and enjoy a delicious snack or meal, followed by a delectable dessert. There was a variety of foods ranging from Keuftes, to kebobs, to mouhammara, to name only a few. The dessert options didn’t disappoint the hungry shopper; the majority of the desserts were donated by ARS members.
Turco Persian Rug Co. and Imperial Rug Galleries also donated some carpets. The hall was filled with vendors who had their offerings on display; shoppers could select from Christmas decorations, kids’ toys, clothing, kitchenware, dinnerware, etc.
To keep the children interested and busy, we had a children’s corner. This allowed the kids to have fun while their parents shopped for that unique item to fill their home.
The profits from the bazaar will be donated to Toronto’s ARS Day School as well as a few projects in Armenia.