Feb 22, 2009

Student Achievement Awards

This year,s awards for the best students was held at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall. 

As always, the event was very well attended. 

This year,s event was exceptional. 

Five students were awarded for excellence. 

Award recipients from prior years were in attendance, some of whom are employed in their fields of study. 

As we scanned the lobby, we captured some memorable moments on film: The two young ladies Evi Liotas and Christina Plahouras, intently reading the Biography, maybe thinking about the day they are recipients of the awards. 

After the welcomes, thank you,s and nominations, etc, the time came for the presentation of the awards; Emanuela Dimas introduced the presenter, as follows: 

Dear Kids, Ladies and Gentlemen: 

The next award will be presented by Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas and we all know that Mr. Goudas is a crabby, crabby old man, who arrived in Canada in 1967, Canada?s centennial year. Would you believe that he experienced a period of homelessness back then and slept on the streets of Toronto, around City Hall, without friends, money or knowledge of English. 

However, once that bad spell was over, he established himself (by working not 1 or 2 but 3 jobs). He was able to buy himself a small store in Kensington Market and from that moment on, he has dedicated his life to producing the best food products the world has ever known. 

He has literally condemned himself to his own business prison creating a food empire, producing products from all over the world. Working 24 hours a day seven days a week, non stop. And for what! To have his products in every supermarket aisle. And to bring the best the world has to offer to your dinner table. 

He obtains satisfaction knowing that people of all nationalities love these products. 

Some people think that he is from China, India, or Guyana, etc. etc. And they do not really know he is from Kalamaki, Athens, Greece. And his father is From Grammeno, Ioanina. Greece. 

Since publishing his biography (The Immigrant), everyone will know what he looks like. Nevertheless, he always finds the time to support worthy causes like Senior Citizens Associations, Organizations, Student Achievement Awards and Food Banks. These are just a few examples. 

He is like a machine. But God told him to slow down. He did not listen. Then one morning God made him sneeze so hard, his spine expanded and a nerve cut in between. He was basically paralyzed from the waist down for a long period of time. He could not even use the hula hoop. 

Nevertheless, you can not put a stubborn, tough, cookie like him totally out of commission. He enlisted a couple of fast gun secretaries who toiled endlessly with his grumpiness because of the immensity of his back pain and produced 30 state-of-the-art booklets ranging in topics from: How to make Greek Coffee; to: How to make Indian Samosas. 

The funny part is, although he was in enormous pain, all the booklets are written in a comedy format. Some of them are considered to be the best books ever written including The Cow Foot Story and the Canada Geese Story. All these books are on display in the front lobby, including his biography, and they are free of charge. 

Nevertheless, he feels much better now. He can walk again without the assistance of a cane and has God,s permission to attend this ceremony tonight. 

For the past 10 years, this association has had the privilege of his support. 

He has without fail, presented awards to deserving students. 

Ladies, Gentlemen, Students and Kids: 



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