By: Tamar Atik
The ACYOC seniors once again created some amazing memories on their annual ski trip over the Family Day weekend to Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ont. With a group of over 30 people in one chalet, there was never a dull moment — or a quiet one! But that’s what makes the trip so unforgettable year after year.
Although the weather was the coldest Canada has seen so far this winter, with temperatures reaching -40C (not to mention blowing snow limiting our vision even while walking) the seniors carried on like true Canadians and embraced the frigid circumstances. Needless to say, we all warmed up by the fire as soon as we got indoors! Some of us were brave enough to face the icy slopes for skiing and snowboarding, others opted for a more relaxing time in the heated pools inside the village and some didn’t even venture outdoors for most of the day — and who can blame them!
Being the church’s senior youth group, we definitely didn’t neglect our cultural and religious ties; there was plenty of Armenian music and dancing to go around, and we even held a “mini” badarak on Sunday morning in-between making breakfast.
This year’s trip also brought in many first-timers, and for those of us who have attended for a number of years, it was refreshing to see some new faces! (Ha ha.) Jokes aside, this event has come to be expected and eagerly awaited every February, so to have new youth give it a chance — and hopefully make new friends and memories in the process — is what the committee aims to achieve. All we (the executive committee) want is to create a comfortable and accepting environment where the youth can come together to celebrate our cultural and religious bond in the wonderful country that allows us to do so.
With that, here’s to many more generations of ACYOC committees and many more ski trips to come!