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Ladies Philoptochos

Philoptochos is a Greek word which means “friends of the poor” – not only poor in financial resources, but also the poor in spirit, the poor in health, the poor in companionship, and the poor in emotional stability.
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The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness. Our emphasis is to help our fellow parishioners and our local Kitchener-Waterloo Region. We strive to do this through regular Church-wide community service projects and other events, including the following: Angel Tree of Hope Project, Fellowship Luncheons, and outreach to local hospitals, shelters, and food banks.

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Board Members


Constantina Govanis


Soula Kostas


Barbara Bitsakakis


Panagiota Daraviris

Olga Georghiadis

Alex Dedes

Eli Panagos

Helen Droumtsekas

Event Photo Gallery

2023 Christmas Bake Sale

2023 Christmas Tree of Hope

From the Ladies Philoptochos President, 

By  the Grace of God and the continuous spiritual guidance and love our Priest, Father Anatoliy, the Ladies of Philoptochos have been very busy planning and organizing events and activities throughout the year. Our goal is to provide support to people and programs within our Church Community and Waterloo Region at large, as well as address the needs of our Church and our Holy Metropolis obligations.

I wish to wholeheartedly thank all of our members of the Ladies Philoptochos, whose continued support and hard work have made our philanthropic mission a success. I welcome all the ladies of our Church Community to become members of the Ladies Philoptochos and to help support us in this worthwhile cause. 


Constantina Govanis


The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is the women’s philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Canada. The mission of the Society shall be:

  • To aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons, and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts.

  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Canada, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars, and other educational resources.

  • To preserve and perpetuate Greek Orthodox Christian concepts and the Greek Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages, and customs.

  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Presiding Priest and the Church Community Council.

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