Your Met Youth Board 2015-2017

Directors

Executive

Members

Advisors


Directors

 


Fr. Ted Paraskevopoulos

Fr. Ted ParaskevopoulosPosition: National Youth Director, Camp Met (Winnipeg) Director
My Church: Sts. Contstantine and Helen (Toronto, ON)
Met Youth Board: September 2011 – present
Involvement: Fr. Theodore was born on May 1, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario. Although he lived in Ajax most of his life, he grew up in the communities of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Oshawa and then at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Scarborough. During his time at St. Nicholas, Fr. Theodore, along with his family, was very much involved in the life of the Church. He was involved in the youth and dance programs, taught at the Greek School and also served a term as Youth President of the local GOYA.

Throughout high school, and up to the present, Fr. Theodore also participated in many Metropolis and cultural programs such as: The Metropolis Youth Board of Canada, was the Canadian representative to the World Youth Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), board member of Klironomia Hellenic Folklore in Canada, founding member of Metamorphosis Greek Orthodox Summer Camps, Dance Instructor of St. Nicholas Greek Heritage School, and Co-Founder and Instructor of Paradosi Hellenic Dance Company.

After high school, Fr. Theodore attended the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy where he received his Bachelor degree in Theology. He then continued his education at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, in Crestwood, New York, where he received his Masters of Arts in Theology with a specialization is Liturgical Theology. He is now in the process of completing his Doctorate of Ministry from St. Vladimir’s as well. Alongside his studies. Fr. Theodore is a visiting lecturer of Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies at Trinity College in Toronto. He is also the director of Re-Catechism, a Canada-wide initiative aimed to help Orthodox believers grow in their understanding of Church teachings and the Christian life. Click here to find a session near you!

Fr. Theodore has been married to his loving wife Joanna since 2006 and, before coming to Sts. Constantine and Helen, served the communities of St. Nicholas in Scarborough (Jan. 07 – Sept. 07), Prophet Elias in Mississauga (Oct. 07 – June 08) and St. Demetrios in Winnipeg (2008-2014). He enjoys reading, teaching and researching Greek dance, and cinema.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: Being one of the youngest priests in Canada, I still consider myself a part of the “youth.” I have a passion for working with young people and helping them develop into the leaders the church needs.

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Fr. Constantinos Economos

Fr. Constantinos Economos

Position: Advisor, Camp Met Youth (West) Director
My Church: Ypapanti (Victoria, BC)
Met Youth Board: September 2011 – present
Involvement: Fr. Constantinos was born in Vancouver, BC and baptized at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. Fr. Constantinos grew up in the Hellenic Community of Vancouver, he was continuously active in the community and served as an Altar Boy at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral for many years. On Palm Sunday of 2002 Fr. Constantinos was tonsured a reader and a sub-deacon by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios. Fr. Constantinos was involved in the Youth and Dance Groups of the Community, served as president of GOYA and later served as the youngest board member elected to the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic Community of Vancouver. Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the Hellenic Community of Vancouver were always a priority in Fr. Constantinos’ life.

After completing high school he continued his studies at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, BC and graduated in 2005 with a Diploma of Technology in Operations Management (Dipl.T. OPMT). Following the completion of his Diploma Fr. Constantinos pursued his dream and continued his studies at the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy (TOTA). Fr. Constantinos graduated as Valedictorian from TOTA in 2008 with a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.). Upon graduating, he returned home to Vancouver and began serving the Church as a chanter and youth leader from 2008-2011. In summer 2010, Fr. Constantinos founded Camp Metamorphosis BC and has been the Director of the camp since then. Camp Metamorphosis BC has been so popular that the Summer Camp tripled registrations in its first three years. Furthermore because of the great energy and enthusiasm brought about by Camp, Fr. Constantinos and the Camp Metamorphosis BC volunteer staff put on different events throughout the year in order to keep the momentum going and the Youth of British Columbia united. Fr. Constantinos is particularly proud of Camp Metamorphosis BC and the Youth of Western Canada who have embraced the Youth Programs of our Metropolis.

In May 2011, Fr. Constantinos married his wife, Presbytera Kristina, at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Vancouver, BC). It is important to note that Fr. Constantinos and Presbytera Kristina met while volunteering at the Greek Food Festival for Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Surrey, BC. In June of 2011, Fr. Constantinos was ordained to the Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Christoforos of Andida at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. In October of 2011 Fr. Constantinos was appointed as the Western Canadian Regional Youth Director. In January 2012, Fr. Constantinos was ordained to the priesthood at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. This was a great honor as Fr. Constantinos was the first and only person to be baptized, raised, married and ordained at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Vancouver, BC. Fr. Constantinos served at Saint George until the summer of 2012. On August 14th of that year, Fr. Constantinos was appointed parish priest of Ypapanti Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, BC and has been happily serving there since.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: The Youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Ι am part of the MET Youth Board because we need to support our youth through providing spiritual, cultural and social events that give us all an opportunity to change the world.

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Fr. Theologos Drakos

Fr. Theologos DrakosPosition: Advisor, Camp Met (Ontario) Director
My Church: Panagia (Hamilton, ON).
Involvement: Fr. Theologos was born in Calgary, Alberta in October 1974 to Greek immigrant parents, Fr. Apostolos and Presvytera Anastasia Drakos. Born and raised in Canada, he is a proud Greek Canadian, who has adopted both cultures as his own. In 1992, Fr. Theologos entered the University of Toronto for undergraduate studies. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with minors in Classical Studies & Geography. In the fall of the same year, Fr. Theologos entered Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to pursue his Masters of Divinity (M.Div.).

While at Holy Cross, Fr. Theologos was involved in many aspects of the school’s daily life including: chanting leader, resident assistant & resident director, and treasurer of the Student Government. In the spring of 1998, Fr. Theologos graduated ‘With High Distinction’ from Holy Cross with his M.Div.

The fall of 1998 was a busy time for Fr. Theologos. In September, he married his wife, Andriana. In October, he was ordained to the diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Soterios. As a deacon, he along with Fr. Elias Drossos, served Divine Liturgy with His Eminence. It was the first time in Canadian history that our Metropolitan would serve with two Canadian born deacons. In November, Fr. Theologos was ordained to the Priesthood by His Eminence in Kingston. In late fall of 1999, Fr. Theologos was appointed as youth director of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada), later referred to as the Metropolis Youth Board. In 2000, he was appointed the webmaster for the Metropolis website. In 2007, Fr. Theologos was appointed Camp Director for the Metropolis’ Camp Metamorphosis program.

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Executive


 

Katerina Karidasimage2

Position: President
My Church: Holy Trinity, London, ON.
Met Youth Board: 2013-present
Involvement: Sunday School, Greek School, Greek School Dance Teacher, Hellenic Dancers of London Instructor, Hellas Dance Troupe Dancer, GOYA, YAL, National Youth Assemblies – Laval 2007, St. Catharines 2009, Camp Met Ontario counselor.
Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I am so proud to be Greek Orthodox. With that I want the Youth of my community and elsewhere to feel the same way I do and understand how important and amazing it
is to be Greek Orthodox. This term I’m truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be your youth board president. Together with the other members of the Board we will make sure that this term is one of the best for Met Youth!

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Elleni AsimakisElleni Asimakis

Position: Vice President
My Church: Sts. Constantine and Helen (Surrey, BC)
Met Youth Board: 2013-present
Involvement: Sunday School, Youth Group, Diaspora Greek Dance, Diaspora Dance Conferences, Camp Met BC counselor, Volunteer at Church’s Food Festivals, Regional Youth Assembly – Victoria 2012;  National Youth Assembly – Vancouver 2013.
Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I hold a great passion for the Greek Orthodox community, especially with bringing the youth together. I want to help build a strong youth group in my community and in all of Canada so that we don’t loose our culture and religion.


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Costa GinakesCosta Ginakes

Position: Secretary

My Church: St. Demetrios, Winnipeg, MB

Met Youth Board: 2013-present

Involvement: Involvement: GOYA Winnipeg, Kefi Dancers of Manitoba, Danced in Folklorama, Klironomia Dance Conference 2012, Regional Youth Assembly-Winnipeg 2012, and National Youth Assembly-Vancouver 2013.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I’m really interested in hearing others regarding Greek Canadian Youth and also giving my input. I want to help find ways to bring in more members across Canada and to organize events to make sure this happens, in order to keep our heritage and religion a priority.

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Jasper Bendicibendici

Position: Treasurer
My Church: Sts. Constantine and Helen (Toronto, ON)
Met Youth Board: 2015-Present
Involvement: Chanter, National Youth Assembly 2015 in St. Catharines.
Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I decided to join the youth board after my great experience collaborating with youth from all over Canada at the National Youth Assembly in St. Catharines. I want to help attract youth back to the Greek Orthodox faith and show them how, guided by their spiritual father, they can find a balance in their life–being proud Orthodox Christians and pursuing other endeavours in life.

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Members


 

Yanni AlexandropoulosYanni bio

Position: Board Member

My Church: St Nicholas and Demetrios (Vancouver, BC)

 

Involvement: former camper and current counselor at Camp Met BC (2010-present); former alter boy and currently a chanter; involved in dance conferences and galas; volunteer at Greek festivals; attended national youth assembly and regional youth assemblies in BC.

 

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I am looking forward at the opportunity of meeting new faces and coming together as a group and forming ideas and events on how Greek Orthodox Canadian Youth can become closer. I believe that the youth is a very important part of the Greek Orthodox communities and in joining the youth board, I know we will do a great job in bringing us all together. I am very glad I can be a part of something like this and look forward to the next 2 years!

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Patricia Cunha

Patricia RakopoulosMy Church: Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Cathedral (Panagia), Toronto, ON.
Met Youth Board: September 2005 – present; past president; treasurer (2013-15).

Involvement: Sunday School teacher (2004-present), Youth Director of H.O.P.E., J.O.Y., and G.O.Y.A. (2010-present), past Met Youth Board president (2009-2011 term), Regional Youth Assembly – Toronto 2012, National Youth Assemblies – Belleville 2005, Laval 2007, St. Catharines 2009, Ottawa 2011 and Vancouver 2013, Co-Director of iEcclesia Canada (2006-present), Vice-President Missions Department (2011-present), Camp Transfiguration counselor (summer 2011).

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I believe that the Orthodox faith is the biggest gift I have ever, and will ever, receive. Sharing is caring, and I want to share the gift of the Orthodox faith with as many people as possible!

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Athena Manolakos

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Position: Board Member

My Church: St. Demetrios (Calgary, AB)

Involvement: JOY and GOYA organizer, Greek School graduate, NIATA Greek Dance Group Member, active participant with the Greek Community of Calgary- Greek Night Organization, Easter Organization, volunteer at  Greek Festival Calgary, Dancer at Greek Festival Calgary, National Youth Assembly- St. Catharine’s 2015.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: The youth of today will dictate the future. We are the ones that will continue to spread the faith and share the meaning of Orthodoxy with future generations. I value the importance of collaboration and communication with the youth across Canada in keeping our faith alive and strong.

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Sophia Mattheakis

Sophia Mattheakis

Position: Member
My Church: St. Constantine and Helen, Vancouver, BC.
Met Youth Board: October 2011 – present; Vice President (2013-15).

Involvement: Sunday School, Diaspora Greek Dance, Cretan Dance Group of Vancouver, Counselor for Camp MET 2011, Volunteer at Church’s Food Festivals, Regional Youth Assembly – Victoria 2012, National Youth Assembly – Vancouver 2013.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I want to see a revival in the Greek Orthodox church, and I think it starts from the youth. I believe the Met Youth Board is the spark to the flame that is the continuation of our culture and existence.

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Cristina RigakosRigakos BIO PIC

Position: Board Member
My Church: Holy Trinity (London, ON)
Met Youth Board: 2015-present

Involvement: Executive member of GOYA, London Greek Dance group

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I would like to use this opportunity to bridge relationships with the youth of other communities across Canada. It is important for us to share our common beliefs and values and to understand our differences. I look forward to great years ahead!

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Denis VoutosDennis bio pic

Position: Board Member
My Church: Evangelismos Tis Theotokou(Montreal, QC)
Met Youth Board: 2015-present

Involvement: Past-President of Met Youth Montreal, National Youth Assembly- St. Catharines 2015

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: After having experienced the National Youth Assembly in St. Catharines for the first time and being a member of the youth group in Montreal, I saw the importance of merging the two; seeing how important it is to unite all youth groups in Canada as well as help everyone experience what I have. Apart from educational purposes, the relationships created through this can last a lifetime.

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Advisor


 

Angela French

Angela French

Position: Past President (2013-2015); Board Member (2011-Present)
My Church: St. Demetrios, Winnipeg, MB.

Involvement: GOYA Winnipeg, Camp Met board member and counselor, Maids of Athena, KEFI dancer, Folklorama dancer, Klironomia Dance Conferences, National Youth Assemblies – St. Catharine’s 2009, Ottawa 2011, and Vancouver 2013, Regional Youth Assembly – Winnipeg 2012.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I am passionate about being involved in my own community, as well as on a national level. I want to encourage Greek Orthodox youth from across Canada to come together and be involved in any way they can. Being involved in an organization through the church provides endless opportunities for youth to network and connect others who share the same culture and beliefs.

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Vikki Tsekouras


Position:
Past President (2011-2013); Board Member (2007-2011)
My Church: Holy Trinity, London, ON.
Met Youth Board: September 2007 – present.

Involvement: Sunday School, Greek School, GOYA, YAL, Klironomia dance seminars (2002-onwards), National Youth Assemblies – Laval 2007, St. Catharines 2009, Vancouver 2013, St. Catharines 2015; Regional Youth Assemblies – Toronto 2012, Halifax 2012, Winnipeg 2012; Camp Fanari (Wisconsin) counselor, delegate at the International Greek Orthodox Youth Assembly in Constantinople (2007), Camp Met Ontario counsellor, member of the Hellas Dance Troupe of London.

Why I am on the Met Youth Board: I believe in the importance, benefit, and power of Greek Orthodox youth communicating with each other, and not just on Sundays.

 


 

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