It is with immense pride and honour that the Hellenic Heritage Foundation presents the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a distinguished Canadian of Hellenic descent or a Philhellene who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishment in his or her respective career, or field of endeavour while, at the same time, has made our community a better place through community involvement, philanthropy or volunteerism.

The recipient shall be a leader in the community whose career and personal accomplishments serve as testimony to Hellenic ideals and to the values of the Hellenic Heritage Foundation.

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Board of Directors presented Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and the late Dr. Dimitrios Oreopoulos with the first Hellenic Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

The Award itself was commissioned by the accomplished Greek artist, Yanni Souvatzoglou. Originally from Constantinople, Yanni studied art in Athens under the guidance of the acclaimed, Professor Tetsis. Yanni’s art, influenced by Hellenism, has received numerous awards and distinctions.

Yanni created an exclusive, gold plated Hellenic Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award using a long lost wax technique that was used in antiquity.

The Hellenic Heritage Foundation logo was the inspiration for the Award. The pillar symbolizes the essence of Hellenism, the foundation and endurance of our Greek heritage, and reflects the attributes of leadership, excellence and achievement.

The HHF extends its appreciation to Yanni Souvatzoglou and the ATRION Gallery, in Thessaloniki, for their commitment to excellence in creating the HHF Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The awards will be presented at a special dinner on Thursday, November 17th 2016 at the Palais Royale - 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto.