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Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper won a majority of seats in Parliament for the first time in a historical electoral race, with Jack Layton’s New Democratic Party forming the official opposition, followed by the Liberal Party led by Michael Ignatieff.
In an unprecedented election result, Jack Layton will be the first leader of the New Democratic Party to be elected in opposition.
While the Conservative party is celebrating their victory, along with the New Democrats for their spectacular rise, the Liberal Part and Bloc Quebecois are trying to cope with their loss.
In regard to Greek presence in the Federal Canadian Elections, Jim Kariyannis, retained the Liberal Party seat in Ontario, while John Kannis lost the Scarborough Center seat. Costas Menegakis, SAE Canada Region President, was elected in Richmond Hill, Ontario, winning a Conservative seat for the first time in the region. Cypriot origin Tony Clement, Minister of the Conservative Party Government was successfully re-elected in Parry Sound-Muskoka. Furthermore, Nicky Ashton, who is also of Greek origin was re-elected in Manitoba with the New Democratic Party.
Costas Menegakis was born in Montreal, is married and has two children. He is a graduate of Concordia University’s Faculty of Commerce and speaks three languages (English, French and Greek).
In 1988 Mr. Menegakis founded the Tilwood Group Inc. a Marketing Services company that currently operates facilities in Richmond Hill and Brampton and employs 200 people.
Mr. Menegakis has served as an active volunteer in various capacities for several Non-Profit organizations over the past 20 years.
Some of these include:
From 1991 to 1994 he was elected on the Board of the Greek Orthodox Community of Markham where he served as Treasurer of the Community.
His official involvement with the Greek Community of Toronto began in 1995 with his election to the Board of Directors. The Greek Community of Toronto is the largest Greek Community in Canada. From 1996 to 1997 he was elected Chairman of the Fundraising Department. In 1998 and 1999 he was re-elected in the Greek Community where he served as Chairman of the Education Department.
In November 1999 Costas Menegakis was elected as President of Toronto’s Greek Community for the years 2000 and 2001. Mr. Menegakis was re-elected in November 2001, in November 2003 and in November 2006 to serve as President for the years 2002 to 2009.
Under his leadership the Greek Community has embarked on many projects that offer a multitude of services to over 120,000 Canadians of Hellenic heritage in the GTA. Mr. Menegakis spearheaded the Community’s effort to rebuild the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary that was destroyed by fire in April 2000 which was re-opened in June 2003.
In 2003 he oversaw the reconstruction of the Community’s St. Irene Chrisovalantou Church located in Toronto’s Greektown. Mr. Menegakis led the Greek Community in its purchase of four acres of property in Toronto where the Community has embarked to build an 80,000 square foot facility that will be the New Hellenic Cultural Centre of Toronto. Mr. Menegakis was instrumental in procuring grants from the Governments of Ontario and Canada totaling $3 million dollars and $1 million dollars from the Hellenic Heritage Foundation for the project.
Mr. Menegakis has been an active member of the Hellenic Canadian Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Hellenic Congress from 1995 to present.
He has been a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Chief’s Community Advisory Council since 1996.
From 2000 until present Mr. Menegakis has served as a Board Member for the Hellenic Home for the Aged and the Hellenic Nursing Home.
Mr. Menegakis has served on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Metropolitan Council from 2002 to present.
In the founding convention held in September 2006 Mr. Menegakis was elected to serve as Coordinator for the World Council for Hellenes Abroad for Canada for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In May 2002 Mr. Menegakis was honoured with the Leonidian Award, awarded bi-annually to a North American of Hellenic descent in recognition of their philanthropic and volunteer contributions by the Pan-Laconian Federation of The United States and Canada.
In December of 2002 Mr. Menegakis was awarded Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Award, awarded to Canadians for their community service and volunteerism.
An active member of the community Mr. Menegakis enjoys music and sports, is an active golfer and serves as Manager of the Toronto Toronto Aces team in the GTHL where his son plays hockey.
Source: ANA – MPA