From Abaka weekly (November 9, 2009):
Montreal – The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Golden Age Committee of AGBU Montreal took place on October 18, 2009 in the Jirair and Elise Dervishian Hall of the AGBU Alex Manoogian Center. It began under the auspices of Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the Diocese of Canada, and the presidency of Mrs. Christine Kouyoumdjian. Renditions of the Canadian, Armenian and AGBU anthems were followed by opening remarks by Rahel Ourfalian. Hagop Melkonian, chairman of the Golden Age Committee, expressed gratitude to the event’s organizing committee for making the day pleasant and memorable.
A group of talented artists volunteered their participation in the celebration, including Mesrob Berejikian, Silva Amadooni-Tokatlian, Hilda Libarian-Okoomooshian, Razmig Barbarian, Arthur Apkarian and even Hagop Melkonian himself.
The program was enhanced with a slide show depicting events of the recent past, prepared by Golden Age Committee secretary and emcee of the day’s event, Rahel Ourfalian.
Armen Bechakjian, chairman of the executive committee of the AGBU Montreal Chapter, invited Mrs. Christine Kouyoumdjian to cut the 35th-anniversary cake, then remembered Lucy Kestekian, founder of Golden Age, and finally invited the members of the Golden Age Committee on stage to receive plaques of appreciation.
Fr. Vazken Boyajian, representing Bishop Galstanian, read the Primate’s congratulatory message and blessed everyone.
The article has been edited and translated by Aris Sevag.