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Antiochian Orthodox Union of Canada Holds Annual Gala Event

Bishop Alexander with Antiochian Orthodox Union of Canada membersBishop Alexander with Antiochian Orthodox Union of Canada membersThe Antiochian Orthodox Union of Canada held its annual gala event on November 4, 2017, at the Chateau Royal Reception Hall in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Presiding at the event was Bishop Alexander (Mufarrij), and he was joined by all the Montreal area clergy. Close to 500 people attended, among them dignitaries from all levels of government—federal, provincial, and municipal.

After Sayyidna Alexander blessed the food, Dr. Nadim Korban, President of the Antiochian Orthodox Union of Canada, spoke about the many accomplishments of the Union. Among them: helping the local Orthodox Scouts chapter, sending kids from all Montreal churches to attend the Camp Transfiguration summer camp, helping the elderly, aiding students in need in the community, and helping the newcomers from Syria.

Sayyidna Alexander blesses the foodSayyidna Alexander blesses the foodDr. Korban then introduced the members of the Union, and then a special recognition trophy was present to the family of the late Mr. Fares Malek, the founder of the Union. The Lebanese ambassador to Canada Mr. Fadi Ziadeh (an Antiochian Orthodox Christian), was honored for his dedication and outstanding diplomatic career.

The Gala was a total success, with all the attendees enjoying an exquisite fine dinner and an evening of dancing with a renowned band, an opera singer, and a famous disc jockey. The proceeds of the event will again be put in service for local community projects as pertaining to the goals of the Union.

(Photos by Studio Halloum)

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L to R: Dr. Korban, Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador Ziadeh, Mrs. Jacqueline AbouchahlaL to R: Dr. Korban, Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador Ziadeh, Mrs. Jacqueline Abouchahla