Guest Speaker:  Raffi Sakissian, Principal of the A.R. S. Armenian Private School
Friday, April 23, 2021 - Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM
Rotary Virtual Meeting via Google Meet and YouTube Live
Topic:  "The Legacy of Armenian Genocide and Canada's Response"  
Host:  Vigen Ghazarian          
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do not necessarily reflect the official views or opinions, policy or position of The Rotary Club of Toronto or its Members.
Raffi Sarkissian is born and lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He holds a B.A Hons. in History (2006) and a Master of Education from York University (2012) a B.Ed from Trent University (2008) and is a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Western University. He holds full principal’s qualifications and Ontario College of Teachers’ certifications in the primary, intermediate and senior divisions. He is currently the principal of the A.R.S. Armenian Private School.
Raffi has conducted extensive research in genocide and human rights education and is the founder, former chair and current board member of the Sara Corning Centre for Genocide Education. He has 20 years of experience in leadership positions in Canadian-Armenian organizations which included executive roles in the Armenian Youth Federation, Armen Karo Students’ Association and the Armenian National Committee of Toronto. Raffi has co-authored a collection of poems titled The Reflecting Crane (Խոկացող Կռունկը) and has contributed a chapter titled The Benefits and Challenges of Genocide Education: A Case Study of the Armenian Genocide in Understanding Atrocities: Remembering, Representing and Teaching Genocide published by the University of Calgary Press.