Sergio Nahabetian, the only deputy of the Province of Buenos Aires of Armenian extraction, paid a visit to Los Angeles and met with a variety of Armenian American leaders and toured various Armenian American institutions, including the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, during his trip.
According to the Armenian Reporter:
Pasadena, Calif. – On the evening of Saturday, November 22, a capacity crowd attended the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the AGBU Pasadena Center’s Boyajian Hall.
The event was organized by the AGBU Ladies’ Auxiliary Committee. The guest of honor was Sergio Nahabetian, deputy of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, who was accompanied by his wife, Susanna.
Also attending and speaking at the event was Paul Krekorian, who is a lawmaker of Armenian descent serving in the California State Assembly. Mr. Krekorian presented a joint California State Senate and Assembly Resolution to Mr. Nahabetian on the occasion of his official visit to the State of California.
…Nahabetian comes from a distinguished family, whose life-long service to the Armenian community in Argentina is commendable. Sergio’s father, Nahabet Nahabetian, is one of the pillars of the community…Nahabetian first thanked everyone for the warm welcome which he and his wife Susanna had received. He then provided a summary of the composition of the Armenian community in Argentina, highlighting the fact that the AGBU is the most sizeable and vibrant of all of the Armenian organizations there, with its state-of-the-art school and center.
The honored guest also discussed his engagement in the Argentinean political scene and encouraged every Armenian to become actively involved in the political arena on the local, state, or federal levels. That is how, he continued, we not only help our Armenian homeland but survive as minorities in our many adopted countries throughout the world.
Vahe Imasdounian, chair of the AGBU Southern California District Committee, then presented Mr. Nahabetian with a plaque commemorating his visit to his “home away from home.”
…Earlier, on Saturday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Nahabetian paid a visit to the Armenian Martyrs Memorial Monument in Montebello, California.
On Sunday, November 23, the Nahabetians attended the Divine Liturgy at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena, celebrated by Archbishop Barkev Mardirossian, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh.
The AZG Armenian Daily also reported on the visit by the Argentinean Armenian politician.
The Manoogian-Demirdjian School (MDS) website also has information about Nahabedian’s visit to the MDS campus:
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OF THE STATE OF BUENOS AIRES, DEPUTY SERGIO NAHABEDIAN VISITS AGBU SCHOOL
November 25, 2008, Canoga Park, CA – Accompanied by his wife Susanna, Deputy Sergio Nahabedian paid a special visit to AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. He was also accompanied by his hosts Mr. Ara Aharonian, Mr. Hagop Nazarian and Kevork Krikorian…
Born in Argentina, a second generation Armenian, Mr. Nahabedian became interested in politics many years ago when he decided to make a difference. He was elected to the Parliament of the State of Buenos Aires in 2005 and continues to be an active member. Of his greatest achievements is the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Buenos Aires State Parliament, which was followed by such recognitions by the Cities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba and eventually by the Federal Argentinean Government. He is also an honorary member of the AGBU in Buenos Aires and is former chairman of the Youth League.
The guests were given a tour of the school buildings and classrooms where they met with students and had candid conversations with them….
Nahabetian was first elected in 2005 and continues to represent his district in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s most populous city.