First published in the Oct. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Photos courtesy Armenians of La Cañada Association
The Armenians of La Cañada Association recently hosted its first event at Memorial Park, where group members and community members enjoyed each other’s company.
This association was founded by Anita Hossepian, a 30-year resident of La Cañada. The organization was brought to life after Hossepian was asked how many Armenians lived in La Cañada Flintridge, and she guessed a couple dozen. She then found out that about 1,700 residents — approximately 8.5% of La Cañada’s population of 20,000 residents — were Armenian.
The Armenians of La Cañada Association’s mission is to simply encourage social networking among other local Armenians. The group is open to all ages of residents and has no annual fees or commitment requirements.
The association’s purpose is fourfold: 1) to develop an internship/mentorship program for high school students, 2) to connect Armenian professionals to leaders in their respective fields, 3) to provide a voice in the Armenian community, and 4) to present a positive representation of Armenian culture.
Those interested in learning more about the group can contact Hossepian at ArmeniansOfLaCanadaAssociation@gmail.com, or visit the association’s social media pages on Instagram (@armeniansoflacanada) and Facebook (Armenians of La Cañada Association).