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Dear Friends of Armenian Family Support Services:
It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us in celebrating the 15th anniversary of Armenian Family Support Services!
In 2005, our founder Maida Icliates, with the help and blessing of Reverend Archpriest Father Zareh Zargarian, Vicar of the Armenian Diocese of Canada, had the great vision to create a safe place where people could come for guidance through life’s trying challenges. They realized the importance of a community support organization and so AFSS was born!
Since then we have achieved so much, providing essential services, growing as an organization, obtaining non-profit and Sponsorship Agreement Holder status, as well as establishing a multitude of relationships with funders, donors, community partners, volunteers and others.
Over the years we have had the honour to serve all those who needed a helping hand. The clients we served resembled us in every way except for the hardship of their circumstances. Whether they were citizens of our great country Canada, newcomers, refugees or the homeless, we helped them with our range of services that span the human life cycle.
Today our sector has undergone a seismic shift, both because of the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and the major changes in charitable giving patterns. This gives us concern about our enduring presence within this reconfigured landscape. But we are hopeful and determined to grow and serve our community even better in future, with your help.
We wish to thank our funding partners--the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, without whom we would not be able to accomplish our goals. Thank you as well to all our donors whose support has been so vital to our work.
We express gratitude to our Board Chairs and Directors past and present whose limitless empathy and passionate advocacy have brought us to where we are today. Thanks, as well, to our volunteers and staff without whom we would be unable to run our programs and services. And mostly we would like to thank each and every one of you. It’s because of you that our collective heart has the capacity to serve our vital community.
In the years ahead, despite the many challenges we face, we will continue to uphold our values of accountability, trust, collaboration, care and respect in our work with newcomers, refugees, seniors, youth, children and families. Their welfare will remain the centre of our focus and we look forward to many more years of service to our Community.
To celebrateour 15 years of service, we are launching a series of videos and testimonials from those we have helped. Each one tells a heartfelt story about individuals and families who came forward with their words of gratitude explaining how AFSS has touched their lives. Each story talks about resilience and the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
These stories of perseverance and courage inspire us to do our best work.