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Hatzis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


The Hellenic Heritage Foundation of Canada (HHF) recently announced that Christos Hatzis is the 2014 recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. The Foundation has presented this award to Hatzis in recognition of Hatzis’ accomplishments as an educator, musician and ambassador of Greek culture.

Launched in 2012, the first recipients of this award include Canadian Supreme Court Justice Andromahce Karakatsanis and the late Dr. Dimitrios Oreopoulos, an internationally respected pioneer in nephrology. In recognition of their outstanding achievements and leadership, the recipients were honoured by naming endowed scholarships in their name for Hellenic Studies at York University. In 2013, the HHF presented the award to Mike Lazaridis, philanthropist, global business leader and founder of BlackBerry. In honour and recognition of Lazaridis, the HHF and the Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation each contributed CA$100,000 to create the Anaximandros Fellowship at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.

Dean M. Antonakes, HHF Director, writes: ‘[Hatzis’] accomplishments as an educator, musician and ambassador of Greek culture are an inspiration to us and are in direct alightment with the mission of our Foundation. We are especially proud to recognize one of Canada’s leading composers and great figures in the arts. We clearly identify his enormous humanity, having spent your career working with students and others in the arts to enrich our Greek cultural fabric and promote Hellenic values throughout our broader community.’

On receiving this news, Hatzis comments: ‘I feel quite startled and humbled to be the 2014 recipient. I realize that I have some big shoes to fill, considering the previous recipients of this award, but I am delighted that the arts are now represented in this recognition of accomplishment.’

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