At the main entrance, between the two flanking guards, from left, Dr. Arshavir Gundjian, Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of Canada, Ambassador Anahit Harutyunyan, Varoujan Lapoyan, Raffi Donabedian

New Ambassador to Canada Anahit Harutyunyan Submits Her Credentials to Governor General


QUEBEC, Canada – On Tuesday, July 9, Governor General of Canada Julie Payette received the newly appointed ambassadors of six countries, who submitted their letters of credence. Among these ambassadors was Anahit Harutyunyan of Armenia, who in her turn invited a delegation of ten members from the Canadian-Armenian community to accompany her.

Governor General of Canada Julie Payette and Ambassador of Armenia Anahit Haroutyunyan, surrounded by a group of representatives of the Armenian community of Canada invited to the ceremony by the ambassador.

Payette in her words of welcome alluded to the Canadian-Armenian community, and in particular stressed its exceptional vitality through its numerous ecclesiastical, educational, cultural and social structures and organizational life. This was a moment of special pride for the Armenian delegation.

Ambassador Anahit Harutyunyan becomes acquainted with the Citadelle of Quebec in the company of Consul Ara Mkrtchian and the members of the Armenian delegation. Shatin Tashdjian, who conducted the tour, is standing at the center of the photograph. From left, Ara Balian of the Armenian Liberal Democratic Party (ADL), Noubar Babikian of the Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA), Dr. Arshavir Gundjian of the Canadian Diocesan Council, ADL, TCA, and AGBU, Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of Canada, Honorary Consul Varoujan Lapoyan, Ambassador Anahit Harutyunyan, Shatin Tashdjian, Shahe Tanashian of the AGBU, Hagop Der Khatchadourian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Raffi Donabedian of the ARF, Krikor Tatoulian of the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party, Consul Ara Mkrtchian

The Armenian ambassador was also accompanied by Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Ottawa Ara Mkrtchian and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Toronto Varoujan Lapoyan. In the customary photographs with the governor general that are taken on such occasions, Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Canada, was present along with the new ambassador, consul and honorary consul, Archbishop Papken Charian, and representatives of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party, the Tekeyan Cultural Association and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.

As Payette is a graduate of the Electrical Engineering Department of Montreal’s McGill University, she insisted that Dr. Arshavir Gundjian, a retired professor from the same department of this university, stand next to her in the photograph.

In the evening, Harutyunyan, accompanied by Mkrtchian, hosted the members of the delegation who had come to Quebec in a local restaurant. In this more intimate atmosphere, numerous speeches and toasts were made offering all possible assistance to the new ambassador and the best possible wishes for her success in her new post.


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