Daughters of Penelope
Erato Chapter | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family and Individual Excellence. The Daughters of Penelope encourage and promote loyalty to the country in which they live; cultivate the ideals and traditions of Hellenism; promote opportunities of education; and promote the spirit of cooperation and work closely and in harmony with the whole AHEPA Family. The Daughters of Penelope is non-partisan and non-denominational.
The establishment of the first Canadian Chapter in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - chartered on May 1, 1938 by Sister Cleo Girgulis - paved the way for the Daughters of Penelope to become a truly 'international' organization as previous chapters had only been formed in the United States prior to that time.
"The first District Lodge of the Daughters of Penelope Royal Canadian District 24 were elected and officially installed on June 25, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the early days, the vast distances between Chapters in the prairie provinces of Western Canada made progress very slow, but faithful members perservered and met annually for District Conventions. Up until 1943, the Order of AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope were the only organized societies for the Hellenic Canadian people in Western Canada. They maintained the objectives of the fraternity, they perpetuated their traditions and customs, and they founded many of the first Greek Orthodox Churches. "
- taken from "The Greeks in Alberta" written by Mrs. Nina Kolias
The Calgary Chapter was chartered on April 5, 1959 by then District Governor, Cleo Girgulis and officiated with the assistance of AHEPA Past District Governor, William H. Girgulis. The installation ceremony took place at the Maple Leaf Restaurant with Edmonton and Regina Ahepans in attendance. The following women are the founding members of our chapter:
Yota Adams Anastasia Condon Kay Fundas
Helen Afaganis Kassandra Condon Dorothea Kominis
Genevieve Andrianakos Helen Condon Irene Petropoulos
Lillian Andrianakos Deena Coros Poppy Philippides
Mary Christou Tula Coros Martha Zeis
Since our chapter was chartered, we have grown from a membership of 15 to 50 women from various walks of life, professions, and age groups. If you are a woman of Christian faith interested in furthering our causes of Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family and Individual Excellence - we encourage you to apply!
History of Our Chapter
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Causes We Support
A list of some the charities our chapter has supported:
Alberta Children's Hospital
Make a Wish Foundation
Kid's Cancer Care Foundation
Red Cross Respect Ed Program
Alberta Cancer Board
Alberta Diabetes Association
Calgary Hellenic Community School
Boys & Girls Club - Calgary
Calgary Health Trust
Canadian Cancer Society
Emergency Relief Worldwide
Heart & Stroke Foundation
and many more ...
A gathering of the AHEPA members of Southern Alberta and their families in Model Dairy Hall