Costas Menegakis, announced his resignation from the position of SAE Coordinator for the Region of Canada, as he was elected on May 2nd as a Federarl MP in the constituency of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
In his formal letter, addressing the President of SAE, Mr. Stefanos Tamvakis, also forwarded to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Greeks Abroad, Mr. Demetris Dollis, Mr. Menegakis thanks the members of the Board of SAE for their cooperation so far.
“It was sincerely a great honor to participate in the Administrative Board of SAE and serve the Coordinating Council of Canada Region for the past four years”, mentions Mr. Menegakis in his letter among other things, adding; “I am leaving with the best memories and wholeheartedly wish you every success in the organization’s objectives. I remain a supporter in every effort, directed towards the promotion and support of Greek culture, language and Greek Orthodox faith”.
Mr. Menegakis’ replacement will be in accordance with Law 3480/2006, governing the operation of SAE. As required by article 6, par. 4 of the Bill “In case of impediment or resignation of a SAE Region Coordinator, the Coordinating Council of the respective region, elects one of the members of the Coordinating Council as Coordinator for the remaining term, through an absolute majority of its members”.
Costas Menegakis first run for parliamentary elections in Richmond Hill Ontario with the Conservatives, who won this seat for the first time.
Costas Menegakis was born in Montreal, originating from Skoura, Lakonia, and Platana, Sparta, where his parents, Yannis Menegakis and Panayota Bisa, left for Canada in 1956. He is married to his wife Gail and has two children, Michalis and Aliki.
He is a graduate of Concordia University’s Faculty of Commerce.
In 1988 Mr. Menegakis founded a marketing company in Richmond Hill to provide logistics services to a broad range of national and international corporations. Faced with rapid growth the company expanded to a second, more spacious facility in Brampton where it recently amalgamated operations, keeping its strategic business alliances and suppliers in Richmond Hill.
For over 20 years Mr. Menegakis has voluntarily offered his services under various capacities, to numerous non-profit organizations.
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.
From 2006 until today, he was the Coordinator of the newly established, SAE Canada Region.
In December of 2002 Mr. Menegakis was awarded Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Award, awarded to Canadians for their community service and volunteerism.
Source: ANA – MPA