TORONTO – On behalf of the Toronto City Council, Mayor John Tory has written a formal letter congratulating the Zoryan Institute President, Mr. K.M. Greg Sarkissian, for his recent appointment to The Order of Canada. Mr. Tory shares his appreciation for Mr. Sarkissian’s many contributions to the Armenian community of Toronto as a businessman, philanthropist and an educator. He also acknowledges the incredible impact that Armenians have had in all facets of society.

On this occasion, Megan Reid, a staff member and Operations Coordinator of the Zoryan Institute states:

“Mr. Sarkissian would like to acknowledge the many Board Members, faculty members, staff, affiliated scholars, donors, students, academic partners and supporters that have contributed to the work of the Zoryan Institute over the past 38 years. He emphasizes that the achievements of the Zoryan Institute are not the work of one man alone. In fact, he often refers to the Institute as an orchestra: “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.””

The staff and Board of Directors of the Zoryan Institute would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Greg for this well deserved, prestigious honor as a proud Canadian and citizen of the world.  

“I am a descendant of two Armenian Genocide survivors.

I grew up in Lebanon, but I do not feel like an Arab.

I visited Soviet Armenia but felt like an outsider.

I studied in the United States but never felt like an American.

I migrated to Canada and I finally found my homeland.

But, above all,

I consider myself a citizen of the world.”

-K.M. Greg Sarkissian, President

(Photo by Maro Sargsyan)