ORGANIZATION

& BRIEF HISTORY

OF THE COMMUNITY

" But most important, they formed the community and came together, not for the sake of life only but rather for the good life "

-Aristotle (Politics)

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community of London & Vicinity is a non-profit organization without share capital. The Community is a registered Charity under the Income Tax Act of Canada.

It was first organized as a Community on January 12, 1936, and the first president was Mr. Gus Mandas. It was incorporated in 1949 by letters patent in the province of Ontario with the name Hellenic Community of London & Vicinity. A new constitution was ratified by the General Assembly, on April 30, 1950.

On April 17, 1952, the Community Council signed the papers to purchase the land on 1114 Richmond Street North for $9,000. On May 26, 1954, a contract for $54,277 was signed to build the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Then Community President Mr. George Kerhoulas, turned the sod on the site to build the new church on Sunday June 6, 1954 and the ceremony was conducted by the Community’s first priest, Rev. A. Sarantides.

The first service in the church was a wedding on Sunday October 10, 1954. It was the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Suntres. Rev. A Sarantides officiated. Actual dedication of the new Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church took place on October 16, 1955, by His Grace Bishop Ezekial. The same year the community approved its by-laws, and constitution, under which it was governed until 1967.

On October 22, 1959, the lot behind the house on 1118 Richmond Street North was bought for parking purposes. The House itself was not bought until December 4th 1969 for $23,000.

In September of 1967, the General Assembly of the Community approved to adopt the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. In March of 1968 the community adopted new by-laws. On April 9, 1968, it amended its original letters patent and changed the corporate name to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Community of London & Vicinity.

On June 16, 1975 the Community bought the Glendale Sports Center, as it was then known, on Southdale Road for $150,000. President at the time was Mr. Anthony Demakos. This property then became the Hellenic Community Center. On March 28, 1978, under the Presidency of Mr. George Anas, a one acre property and the house (since demolished) at the front of the Hellenic Community Center was purchased for $39,000.

This was made possible with the financial assistance of the local chapter of AHEPA.

With the purchase of this additional property, the Hellenic Community Center property was squared off, with a frontage of over 300 feet and a total area of approximately twelve acres.

On February 24, 1975, under the presidency of Mr. Gary Kerhoulas, the official sod turning ceremony took place to build a new Community Center for a cost of approximately one million dollars. This new addition when attached to the old community center would more than triple its size. The official dedication took place on September 7, 1975, with His Grace Bishop Sotirios and Rev Stathis Kontorravdis officiating.

The Hellenic Community Center during 1997 and 1998, had yet another major expansion, of about one half million dollars with the addition of the East Room, and major renovations to the original structure.

The new millenium, the year 2000 came, and history is made in our Community. The construction in our Southdale Property, of a New Byzantine Architecture style Church, has commenced, a dream of many years, will soon be fulfilled.

A new History is in the making.

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