AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association, founded 94 years ago in Atlanta, GA and since 1928 in Canada, is the largest and oldest heritage organization of the Greek Diaspora, made up of volunteers. With over 500 chapters and 16,000 members in North America, Greece, Cyprus, EU, Turkey, the U.K. and sister organizations in Australia and New Zealand, its goals are Education, Hellenism, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility and Individual and Family Excellence. Originally founded to combat discrimination and bigotry and assist in the integration of Greek immigrants in their new homes, AHEPA today focuses on maintaining the ideals of Greek culture, language and civilization among the 3.5 million Americans and Canadians of Greek origin. AHEPA District No.23 comprises chapters of AHEPA, the Daughters of Penelope, the Sons of Pericles and the Maids of Athena in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.
AHEPA members are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As AHEPANS, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy.
We are dedicated to improving our communities through Philanthropy and Civic Responsibility. The pursuit of excellence in Education and Athletics helps stimulate and prepare tomorrow’s Leaders. These ideals comprise the goals that every member of the Sons of Pericles strives to achieve.
The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family & Individual Excellence
The Maids of Athena is an international philanthropic and fraternal organization, and the junior auxiliary to the Daughters of Penelope. Founded in 1930, our sisterhood quickly grew among young Greek women and today claims chapters across the US, Canada, and Greece.