The Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal (HCGM) traces its roots back to the beginning of the last century. Through many transformations since 1906, the Community today, in its modern form, has successfully amalgamated with the Hellenic Community of South Shore and the Greek Orthodox Community of Laval.
The HCGM is a community organisation created exclusively for the needs of all Montrealers of Hellenic decent and its aim and purpose is to ensure the advancement of the Hellenic culture, to preserve and promote the Greek language and to preserve and perpetuate the Greek Orthodox faith.
Throughout the years the HCGM has succeeded in meeting its objectives and today is proud of its achievements and its ability to offer services to all of Hellenic decent starting from a very tender age of eighteen months and extending to the very end of life.
The six day care centres, the six churches, the social services, the cultural institute, the athletics centres, the senior citizen clubs, the supplementary education in the Greek language and foremost the “Socrates-Démosthène” elementary school with six campuses, spread across the Greater Montreal region, along with the recently inaugurated trilingual High school, are what make the HCGM the largest and most important community organisation of the Greek Diaspora.
The thousands of “Socrates-Démosthène” graduates with their remarkable success in every academic field, as well as, professional and business endeavours attest to the role the HCGM has played, and continues to play in preserving and promoting the Greek Orthodox faith and the Greek culture, while effectively contributing to Quebec and Canadian society.
The task, however, has not been easy. The enormous challenges the HCGM faces on a daily basis are overwhelming. Many volunteers, from church parishioners, to the parents of our schools, to socially-conscious individuals, to aspiring young – and not so young – artists, to people mindful of their cultural identity, have wholeheartedly and continuously contributed their time and money to enable the HCGM to meet its challenges.
Many have joined but many more are needed. Join us to keep the dream alive… to perpetuate what started some three thousand years ago… to keep the long chain of Hellenism strong and the flame that warms our hearts and soul in perpetual glory.
The Board of Directors meets regularly on a monthly basis and its deliberations are open to the public. Dates and time are announced in the Greek media and everyone is welcome.
My colleagues on the Board of Directors, the Priests, the Directors of all services, teachers, personnel and I, are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss and find ways to better serve our community, always keeping in mind our aims and purposes.
All of us involved with the HCGM care. Help us to better achieve our goals and fulfil our mission.
Nicholas T. Pagonis