The first-ever North American chapter of the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society was established in August 1963 in Montréal, Canada, by unifying the choir, dance ensemble, and theater group that had existed in the community since 1955. Today, ‘Sanahin’ as the Montreal chapter was named later, is home to the ‘Ani’ Dance Ensemble, ‘Bedros Atamian’ Theater Troupe, ‘Knar’ Choir, as well as literary, art, library, and book promotion committees. With over 12,000 volumes, ‘Sanahin’ maintains the largest collection of Armenian books in Canada. As well, the chapter showcases a unique collection of Armenian royal costumes.
|Tamar Chahinian||Chairperson, Movie club, ”Coffee, Tea and Ideas” club and special projects representative.|
|Rosemarie Sahagian||Secretary, Fine arts committee representative|
|Roupen Sarkissian||Treasurer, Bedros Atamian theatre group representative.|
|Rita Chamlian||Adviser, Library, Bookstore and Knar and Nanor choirs representative.|
Adviser, Ani Dance Ensemble and Ani Folkdance Ensemble representative.
|Anahid Balian||Adviser, Llitrature and Kids Story Telling committees representative.|
|Kevork Tachjian||Regional executive committee liaison.|