Who We Are

Who We Are

The Hellenic Initiative Canada is the latest addition to The Hellenic Initiative Worldwide. The Hellenic Initiative was founded in 2012 by members of the global Greek and philhellene communities who were moved to respond to the worsening economic crisis, Greece’s short-term needs and long term recovery. Primary objectives include feeding and caring for the most vulnerable children and the elderly.

In 2015, Australia became the first diaspora community to form a local chapter of The Hellenic Initiative. Now, Canada has joined this inspiring initiative to help bring Greece back to its feet.

THI Canada was founded in the summer of 2016 in order to add Canada’s contribution to this urgent need for help. THI Canada was federally incorporated in July of 2016 and has applied to be registered as a charity under the Income Tax Act.

Virtually all funds raised in Canada will be directed to the relief agencies we have partnered with in Greece without any overhead expense as THI’s local representative will be monitoring our programs without additional cost. We vet every application for support, for compliance with our objectives, for immediate impact, reporting and financial transparency. Our first support agency is the well recognized SOS Villages Greece.

THI Canada aims to marshall the well known generosity of Canadians to help families, including the elderly, in this time of crisis primarily through private and public solicitations.

THI have already directly committed or granted $2.5 million to support crisis relief efforts and job creation, over $6 million to fund entrepreneurship programs, and almost $10 million (committed by our members) to a Greece-focused investment fund. Learn more about what THI have been up to by reading our 2015 Annual Report.

Meet the Executive Committee