Friends of Canada

Les Amis du Canada

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We're so pleased you're visiting Friends of Canada (FoC)…
Our informal FoC network - inspired by the Canadian embassy - facilitates the exchange of camaraderie and Canadian-related information between Canadians and friends of Canada from all nations who live in Greece.
Years of existence
Events organized
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About the FoC Network

When the Canadian embassy suggested the Canadian community of Thessaloniki, Greece, band together in 2001, a small, but dynamic, group of Canadians and friends of Canada formed an informal network. Originally, we were composed of alumni from Canadian universities, but we then embraced an open-door policy.

In late 2011, incoming Canadian Ambassador to Greece, Robert Peck, and Maria Pantazi-Peck immediately suggested Athens follow the successful Thessaloniki model, and we extended the network to Athens. Successive ambassadors and embassy staff have been extremely supportive of this means of outreach to the local community.

Our informal Friends of Canada network facilitates the exchange of camaraderie and Canadian-related information between Canadians and friends of Canada from all nations (who live in Greece). We have a ‘pay as you go’ philosophy, and no monies are collected in any form.

Well-known Canadian Greek writer, Kathryn Lukey-Coutsocostas, is the founding and acting FoC coordinator.
Athens activities include:
Canada Nights
New Year 'Vasilopita' Cutting
Informal Canada Day Celebration
Friends of Canada Networks (*below): Welfare Network & Réseau Franco-Canadien/Franco-Canadian Network
Thessaloniki activities include:
Canada Nights
New Year 'Vasilopita' Cutting
Canadian table at the annual ethnic Food-for-Good Festival hosted by the Women from Five Continents in Plaz Aretsou (proceeds go to charity)

in collaboration with the Salvation Army

You shouldn’t be surprised if the person who passes by you today on the street, or the person sitting next to you at one of Friends of Canada meetings, is someone who has somehow been touched by crisis. No matter how small your offer – from your time as a volunteer, to a bag of dry food goods or sack of personal hygiene tolietries - it can make a huge difference to someone else's life - and to yours. Facilitator: Rebecca Misthou.


Parce que le Canada se définit comme une nation bilingue et multiculturelle, que le français et l’anglais sont, à statut égal, ses deux langues officielles, les Canadiens et les ami(e)s du Canada du monde entier seront les bienvenu(e)s sur notre réseau francophone d’Athènes. Si vous cherchez des informations en français sur la vie quotidienne en Grèce, nous essaierons de répondre à vos demandes. Si vous souhaitez proposer des activités bénévoles, nous en discuterons avec vous. Nous essaierons d’organiser des cafés rencontres chez nos membres mais aussi, selon les demandes, des évènements sociaux, culturels ou autres … N’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos suggestions. Et donc, si vous souhaitez participer à notre vie associative en français, merci de venir nous rejoindre ici. Animatrice : Marie-Thérèse Rolland


Canada is defined as a bilingual and multicultural nation, with French and English being, equally, its two official languages. As such, Canadians and friends of Canada from all nations are welcome to join this Athenian francophone network. We are here to answer questions that French-speakers may have about resources, like French-language schools, plus we hope to provide coffee meetings for our members, cultural or social events and more…. We also welcome your suggestions. Join us! Facilitator: Marie-Thérèse Rolland