AHEPA Regina Chapter CJ13
AHEPA which stands for the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association was founded in Atlanta, GA on July 26th 1922. On April 12th, 1931 a group of members of the Saskatoon Chapter drove down to Regina to help initiate the first members of our Chapter.
AHEPA’s mission was to protect Hellenes from the evils of bigotry and to help assimilate them into North American Society. AHEPA played an integral part in our Greek Community; by helping immigrants to find work, homes and educate them in the ways of the new world. They would hold socials and dances which kept them in touch with their Hellenic culture. As more immigrants came in the 50’s and 60’s it was evident that a need for a place to gather and hold events, including religious services, was desired. Thus, Regina’s Greek community with the help of the AHEPA family built a hall and St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community was established.
Since then, as the times and needs of society has changed so has the original mission. Today the mission of the AHEPA is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility and Family and Individual, Excellence.
Through our collective efforts AHEPA has donated to families in need, numerous local charities and hospitals. In 2006, a bust of Hippocrates along with the Hippocratic Oath was unveiled at Regina’s General Hospital.
Along with St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community and the AHEPA Family, the Evening in Greece was established which has raised over 1.5 million dollars for local charities over the last 17 years.
Within our own community, AHEPA has presented annual scholarships, supported our dance groups, soccer teams and held numerous picnic and social events.
AHEPA celebrates our 80th year in Regina, and we look forward to continuing to be an integral part of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Community of Regina.