On August 19-21, 2015, His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, the Primate, accompanied by the Diocesan clergymen, visited the Diocesan Annual Camp Ararat at Ameliasburg, Ontario. 120 campers and mentors from Toronto (70), Montreal/Laval (15), Mississauga/Oakville (16), and Ottawa (2) are spending an unforgettable week of religious education, the Armenian national traditions, history, songs, dance, games, and beyond, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Myron Sarkissian, Camp Clergy, Mrs. Ani Altounian, Executive Director of the Camp Ararat, Mrs. Arpi Kurkjian, Camp Director, and the devoted team of volunteers.
Five campers from newly arrived Syrian Armenian refugee families joined the camp thanks to the contribution of the Canadian Armenian Diocese and support of the Family Support Services Hay Doun.
I remember and demand has been chosen as the motto of the 2015 Camp Ararat to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
On August 20, the campers had an opportunity to meet Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Toronto, Rev. Fr. Vazgen Boyajian, Pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral of Montreal, Rev. Fr. Gomidas Mirzakhanian, Pastor of Holy Cross Armenian Church of Laval, and lay members of the Diocesan Council, who had come to the camp to meet the campers and to participate in the Clergy and Diocesan Council meetings. See more photos…
Please visit the Camp Ararat website for more information – http://www.campararat.ca/