What are the purposes of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal?

As defined in Article 1 of the HCGM By-Laws, The purposes and objects of the Community shall be to ensure the progress of the culture of the population of Greek origin in the Region of Montreal, and especially: to preserve and promote the Greek language; to set up charitable, welfare, and educational organisations for the benefit of the population of Greek origin; to preserve and perpetuate the Greek Orthodox faith and tradition.

How can I become a Member?

Any person of Greek origin, of paternal and / or maternal line, who has attained his or her eighteenth (18th) birthday, and who has been received into the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church through baptism and/or Chrismation, shall be eligible to apply for membership in the Community.

 

Any person married to a person of Greek origin, of paternal and / or maternal line, who has been received into the Eastern Greek Orthodox Church through baptism and / or Chrismation and has attained his or her eighteenth (18th) birthday, shall be eligible to apply for membership in the Community.

 

An application for membership shall be signed by the applicant and accompanied by payment of the annual membership dues then in effect. For more information, please contact us at 514-738-2421, ext. 231
What types of Membership are available?

There are two classes of Members of the Community: Ordinary and Honourary.

What is the difference between an Active and a Non-Active Member?

An Active Member is one who has paid his membership dues, as determined by the HCGM By-Laws, in respect of a calendar year not later than January 31 of such calendar year. An Active Member shall be entitled to exercise all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership in the Community, including the right to speak and vote at all Community General Meetings and those of his Region and seek office on the Board of Directors, the Regional Council of his Region, the Advisory Board, or on any of the Community’s Committees, in accordance with the provisions of the HCGM By-Laws.

 

An Active Member who has not paid his membership dues in respect of any calendar year on or before January 31 of such calendar year shall, as of February 1, become a Non-Active Member. A Non-Active Member shall not be entitled to exercise the rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership in the Community.

Who can become an Honourary Life Member?

An Honorary Life Member is one who, through his outstanding conduct and the contribution of time and effort, has made a substantial and worthy contribution to the Community, to the Eastern Orthodox Church or the Greek Community at large.

What is the Community’s fiscal year?

As defined in Article 23.1 of the HCGM By-Laws, the fiscal year of the Community shall be July 1st of any calendar year to June 30th of the next calendar year. However the Board of Directors may, with the prior approval of the Community General Meeting, change the fiscal year of the Community.

Who conducts the Community’s annual audit?

The annual audit is conducted by Ernst & Young, one of the four largest professional-services firms in the world, with 700 offices in 150 countries. The annual audit is of utmost importance to the HCGM. The financial management of a large non-profit organisation, such as the HCGM, requires transparency, prudent and strategic planning and efficiency, and the positive feedback and opinion contained in the Auditors’ annual reports provide assurance with regard to the proper management of the Community’s finances.