Dikran Abrahamian MD, Ontario, 25 November 2020
Transition from one generation to the next is filled with optimism and with aspirations that the new team will break new ground. That is the mantra we at Keghart.org believe.
Almost a year ago, “Keghart” brought into its fold several representatives of the new generation with hopes of regenerating the site, establish links among several generations, and promote a better understanding between Diaspora and the homeland through respectful dialogue. The injection of “new blood” resulted in a significant improvement in our statistics: an increase of 30% in readership in the past year with a circulation of 10,000 (Armenian) and 4,000 (non-Armenian). Another way of assessing improvement is to look at the financial health of the undertaking. Some C$6,400 was raised through donations, whereas all expenses including developing a new website, technical assistance, printing a booklet and occasional honorariums amounted to C$11,900. The deficit was absorbed by the board.
So it’s with optimism that we announce the changing of the guard.
As of Dec. 1, 2020 “Keghart” will be managed by a young and dynamic newcomer. Arusyak Karapetyan of Toronto will be in the driver’s seat.
Ms. Karapetyan was born in Armenia. When she was a child, hardships in Hayastan drove her parents to Germany. The family later moved to Toronto. Arusyak is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a degree in commerce. She’s interested in the arts and in writing. She is married to Kevork Tanielian, originally from Bulgaria, a graduate from Melkonian Educational Institute, Cyprus. The couple is blessed with a six-year old daughter and a son of four.
Like many Armenian expatriates, Arusyak is highly critical of the previous corrupt regime. In the wake of the 2018 “Velvet Revolution” she helped organize Canada’s Move to raise awareness about the historic change in our homeland. Recently she was involved in organizing activities in and around Toronto condemning Turco-Azeri aggression. Some days she spent more time organizing/campaigning than at home. She is a founder of Canadian Media Monitor whose mission is to expose the anti-Armenian falsehoods spread by the mainstream media and to counter it with the truth.
Her association with Keghart.org started in 2018. She initially submitted interviews and brief reports. Since then she has written op-ed pieces and longer articles.
I am confident with Arusyak at helm the website will serve the free-minded community for years to come. Foremost she will champion Armenia’s and Artsakh’s sovereignty. She will also advocate for human rights and democracy, mindful of the traditional Armenian values and the geo-political realities surrounding us.
Good luck Arusyak.