The Brotherhood Pontion “Panagia Soumela” was established in 1963 by Greek immigrants of Pontian descent. Many newcomers that immigrated to Canada in the 1960s and 1970s established Toronto as their home. Anastasios Keramidopoulos, a new immigrant himself, envisioned the establishment of a Pontian Association that would connect other Pontian newcombers. On May 19th 1963, the first official meeting & elections were held resulting in the establishment of our associationand the election of the first Executive Council: Anastasios Keramidopoulos (President), Themistocles Ververidis (Vice President), Aristotelis Giorgiadis ( Secretary), Chris Lazaridis (Treasurer).
From our humble beginnings in 1963, The Brotherhood Pontion Toronto "Panagia Soumela" continues to play a significant role in the promotion of Hellenism in Toronto, North American and around the world. For over 6 decades, the Executive Committees and members have worked tirelessly to pass on our rich cultural heritage, traditions and love of Pontos to the next generations. Today, we continue to share our history, our music, our dances and our traditions within our Canadian multicultural mosaic. We continue to create awareness and education about the devastating lasting effects of Genocide and we continue to fight for the international recognition of the Greek Genocide.
The active participation of our youth in our dance groups, our committees and executive councils makes us incredibly proud and hopeful for the future of our association. May the future generations continue to strenthen the foundation that the previous generations have built. May they move forward with great pride, respect and love of their Pontian heritage for generations to come.