4 November 2008
4 November 2008
CHITILIAN: I was fairly calm and my initial thoughts were to express my thanks to every one who contributed to the accomplishment of this dream. Later on, at night, I had a tough time getting to sleep as I started replaying in my head the visual retrospections of the thousands of conversations I had over the past three months with the residents of my electoral district. It is an overwhelming feeling to grasp that several thousands of them placed their confidence in me by voting in such impressive numbers.
KEGHART: What changes do you hope to introduce as a councillor?
CHITILIAN: During my four-year mandate, I will stay true to the principles that have guided me throughout the campaign and my life. Principles such as respect, resilience and accountability. Any elected official, regardless of his position, is chosen by people to serve people. Therefore my core purpose, first of all, is to serve the citizens of my district.
KEGHART: In light of your election at a relatively young age, do you anticipate other young people to follow in your footsteps?
KEGHART: As a councillor will you promote Armenian community concerns?
CHITILIAN: I am a proud Montrealer of Armenian origin. I learned both official languages in Montreal; I integrated in the local community through my participation in the sports initiatives of Montreal; I obtained my engineering university degree in Montreal and now I am elected by the residents of Bordeaux-Cartierville. Throughout the years Montreal has also allowed me to preserve my Armenian identity and language. It is time for me to give back to Montreal and at the same time respectfully promote and represent the Armenian community in Montreal and throughout Canada.