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Lavender shortbread favours for guests attending the 2014 IWD Lunch hosted by the Armenian Relief Society of Toronto

Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas is honoured to participate in this year’s International Women’s Day Lunch on Sunday March 2, 2014 and hosted by the Roubina Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society.  We are pleased to contribute our signature lavender shortbread for all the guests.

Our signature lavender shortbread in honour of the fundraising efforts of the Roubina Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society

Lena Ohannessian, Chair, 2014 International Women's Day Lunch

Lena Ohannessian, Chair, 2014 International Women’s Day Lunch

“This is the fifth annual lunch and proceeds are going to the Canadian Cancer Society and to the Armenian’s Women’s Shelter in Armenia. ” says Lena Ohannessian, Chair of this year’s lunch.  The guest speaker is Annie Demirjian, a Canadian working for the United Nations; she is the Practice Leader with UNDP-Europe and CIS and is responsible for UNDP’s Democratic Governance portfolio for 22 countries.

Ani Hotoyan-Joly, Chair, Armenian School of Toronto

Ani Hotoyan-Joly, Chair, Armenian School of Toronto

“The Armenian Relief Society serves the social and educational needs of communities everywhere, seeking to preserve the cultural identity of the Armenian nation and, whenever and wherever the need arises, to bring humanitarian help to all communities in distress – Armenian and non-Armenian alike,” says Ani Hotoyan-Joly, Chair of the Board of the Armenian School in Toronto.

The A.R.S. is an independent, non-governmental and nonsectarian organization, with affiliate entities in 26 countries. Its aims are: To promote the spiritual and physical well being of our communities; to enhance the education of the Society’s members and encourage their involvement in public service; to encourage participation in local organizations engaged in community activities and social services compatible with the principles of the Society; and to cooperate with organizations with similar humanitarian aims.