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!

 

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Causes We Support


A list of some the charities our chapter has supported:

 

Juvenille Diabetes

Handibus Calgary

Alberta Children's Hospital

Make a Wish Foundation

Kid's Cancer Care Foundation

Red Cross Respect Ed Program

Women's Cancers

Alberta Cancer Board

Alberta Diabetes Association

Lupus Society

Calgary Hellenic Community School

Apheresis Clinic

Boys & Girls Club - Calgary

World Vision

FARA

Calgary Health Trust

Canadian Cancer Society

Women's Shelters

Emergency Relief Worldwide

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Hemoglobinopathy Clinic

Thalassemia

Heart & Stroke Foundation

              

                 and many more ...

1937

A gathering of the AHEPA members of Southern Alberta and their families in Model Dairy Hall

© Daughters of Penelope - Erato Chapter.

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