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A New Ray Of Sunshine At The Western Prelacy

By April 30, 2023April 30th, 2024No Comments


On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, an important milestone was realized in regards to the expansion of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School. A meeting was invited and presided over by Bishop Torkom Donoyan, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and attended by the Western Prelacy Executive Council Chairperson Mr. Vahe Hovaguimian, Secretary and Board of Regents liaison Mr. George Chorbajian, member Mr. Gevik Baghdassarian, Chairperson of the Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools Mr. Sarkis Ourfalian, principal of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School Dr. Talin Kargodorian, and School Board Chairperson Mr. Artin Ghazarian.

During the meeting, Bishop Donoyan expressed his excitement by announcing that several months of perseverance and pursuit veered valuable results with the purchase of a 2.3 acre property apposite site of the current campus. The urgency to expand Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School has now become a tangible reality. Our expansion dreams were achieved with the financial support of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School’s dedicated community and generous donors. The new purchased property, worth $6,500,000, also houses a standing church, will be renovated in the near future and will serve the spiritual needs of the Crescenta Valley and surrounding Armenian communities.

The purchase of this property provides Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School the flexibility to expand its current campus and the school community the opportunity to grow and prosper. The new property will soon open its doors and will encompass a state-of-the-art Preschool and a new Armenian Apostolic church, which will not only serve the Crescenta Valley Armenian community, but also the spiritual, national, and educational needs of the surrounding Armenian communities of Tujunga, Sunland, and Shadow Hills. The expansion of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School had become an inevitable reality considering that over the past few years the school has witnessed a continuous increase in student enrollment.

The purchase of the new property, located across the current campus on Lowell Street, was realized due to the tireless pursuit of Bishop Donoyan, the Executive Council, Board of Regents of Prelacy Armenian Schools, the unrelenting efforts of the School Administration and the School Board of Vahan and Anoush Chamlian Armenian School, and ultimately as a result of two benevolent and generous families who believe in the mission of Prelacy Armenian Schools and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

In his final remarks, Bishop Donoyan wholeheartedly congratulated the entire Crescenta Valley Armenian community for this outstanding opportunity to have a new Preschool and church in the near future, which he called “a new ray of sunshine at the Western Prelacy.” He called upon the community to bring their complete collaboration, support and assistance to the Western Prelacy’s educational and spiritual mission in order to successfully achieve this longstanding dream and expeditiously open its doors in the Crescenta Valley region.


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