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2017 - JULY - ATHENS - INFORMAL CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

2017AthensCanDayLITEInformal Canada Day Celebration

In the presence of Ambassador Keith Morrill and Jane Morrill (left, in photo)

To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday!

When: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Time: Arrival 19.30 – 20.00
Place: La Piazza pizzeria, 100 Agias Paraskeyis St, Kennedy (or Flyas’) Square, Chalandri 152 32 (3-min. walk from Agias Paraskeyis metro)
Guests: All nations welcome

Entrance: 12 euro each – SET menu: Mushroom appetizer (sautéed in garlic & wine) for two; Seasonal salad (tomato, cucumber, pepper, onions and olives) for two; Grilled sausage & befteki (beef paddy) with roasted potatoes; Glass of house wine, white or red; Cake
Dress: Casual
RSVP: Limited spots so email your name, mobile phone number & full names of guests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, July 2
Seating: NO PRE-BOOKING OF TABLES, so informal first-come-first-seated/served

Kindly bring a hygiene product for infants, e.g. diapers (sizes 4-6), baby wipes, baby shampoo/body wash, baby sponge, baby lotion/fanny cream, soothers

UPDATE: What better way to celebrate the 150th birthday of a multicultural country like Canada than a multicultural community celebration? On July 6, people from all nations gathered at the informal Friends of Canada (FoC) Canada Day celebration in Athens – in the presence of Canadian ambassador to Greece Keith Morrill and Jane Morrill.

After dining on a delicious set menu (the mushrooms sautéed in garlic and wine were especially divine), we enjoyed our annual Canada trivia quiz and wacky photo booth. This year we also had an extra treat: Canada tattoos! After the Canada Cake was cut, several door prizes were given out (and what a stampede to pick them up!).

On a serious note, hygiene products for the infants of women working in Athens Red Light district were generously donated by the guests. The donations will be distributed by the FoC Welfare Network (which collaborates with the Salvation Army (http://www.salvationarmy.gr/en-GB/%CE%B1%CE%B8%CE%B7%CE%BD%CE%B1 ).

Besides several distinguished guests from academic and commercial circles, the president of Athens Accueil, Chantal Stasinopoulou, also attended our event.

FoC would like to thank the following, who made it all possible:
--VENUE: La Piazza pizzeria, Chalandri (https://www.facebook.com/lapiazza.lapiazza/) for good prices, sponsorship of ambassadorial couple’s meal, and great hospitality
--DOOR PRIZES:
-- Efi Kolokouri, Say it with a cookie (www.sayitwithacookie.gr ) for 100 Canada sugar cookies
-- Katerina Trambakou, Diktion (www.yvesrocher.gr ) for four Yves Rocher facials
-- Philippa Jecchinis for a commemorative Canada dishcloth and bottle of maple syrup
-- the Canadian embassy (http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/greece-grece) for 100 commemorative Canada pins and 10 gently used library books
-- Catherine Graham, author (http://catherinegraham.com/), for 2 signed copies of her book ‘Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects’
-- Peter Robinson, author (http://www.inspectorbanks.com/), for 2 signed copies of his book ‘When the music’s over: An Inspector Banks Novel’
-- Mihaela Piperidi, KHPOC δια χειρός, Corinth (https://www.facebook.com/KHPOC-%CE%B4%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%87%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%81%CF%8C%CF%82-1508449002814345/) for two handmade centerpieces
--DÉCOR: Alex Kondra (commemorative Canada flags/tablecloths), JoAnn Lukey-Eluik and FoC members who have donated items over the years
--VOLUNTEERS (alphabetically): Rosa Antonakaki, Effie Douvalis, Sylvie Dumont, Fran Kaltsiki, Ray Lamont, Dawn Lefakis, Sophia Panagos, Leonidas Papageorgious, Katerina Papamarkou, Lena Papazafiropoulou, Doris Pavlou, Alexandra Pel, Jean-Curtis Plante, Michael Psyllakis, Marie-Therese Rolland-Aqbarawi, Patricia Thorburn-Maneta, Jeannie Tsoulogiannis, Eliza Yiannakis
--EMBASSY SUPPORT: Ambassador Keith Morrill and Jane Morrill, Zoe Delibasis, Eleni Efstratoudakis, Julie Papanicolaou
--NATIONAL ANTHEM VOCALISTS: Canadian by Marie-Thérèse Rolland, the facilitator of FoC Réseau Franco-Canadien/Franco-Canadian Network; and Greek by Lena Papazafiropoulou

Several people commented on what a friendly, positive group of people we are - we hope you'll join us!
Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas, FoC coordinator

EVENT PHOTOS
GO TO PHOTO GALLERY - General Festivities >
Thanks to Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas and Fran Kaltsiki for taking the photos!

GO TO PHOTO GALLERY - Canada Photo Booth >
Thanks to Dawn Lefakis for taking the photos!


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