FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2020
Contact: Sevag Belian (613) 235-2622
(OTTAWA) – As the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues to threaten the health and safety of Canadians, the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) is continuing to stand on the front lines in bringing its contribution to the collective efforts of Canadians coast-to-coast.
“We are continuing to work tirelessly alongside our local centres and affiliated organizations, in first of all assisting the most vulnerable sector of our community and making sure that they are aware of all the assistance programs offered by the federal government” said Hrag Tarakdjian, Co-President of the ANCC.
During the last two weeks, ANCC representatives – along with representatives from local community centres and partner organizations – have had important discussions with key decision makers in government, including the Hon. Mary Ng (Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion), the Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development), the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson (Minister of Environment), several members of federal and provincial parliaments and municipal officials across Canada.
“During our discussions, we have thanked both the federal and provincial governments for their leadership and courage in tackling the various challenges faced by Canadians during these difficult times” said Shahen Mirakian, Co-President of the ANCC.
“While charitable and non-profit organizations have benefited from the current relief programs that are being offered, we are continuing our discussions with our elected officials in providing further assistance to the charitable sector that provides so many crucial services to Canadians” concluded Tarakdjian and Mirakian.
The ANCC has also urged community members to continue practicing all the health measures as prescribed by public health agencies and continue monitoring the daily updates provided by government officials.
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Armenian-Canadian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-Canadian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.