HAIGAZIAN UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY RECOGNIZES DISTINGUISHED LEBANESE MOTHERS
As a continuing tradition, for yet another year, Haigazian University's Women's Auxiliary honored five distinguished women from Lebanon, who have inspired, mentored, nurtured and cared for their communities. All women were recognized for their role in developing their people, by giving them room to grow and inspiring them to realize their full potential.
The event, under the high patronage of H.E. Mrs. Leila Solh Hamade, the Vice President of the Al-Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation in Lebanon, took place on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at the Bristol Hotel in Beirut.
Present were two hundred women from various regions and communities in Lebanon, among whom were wives of government ministers and parliament members.
The honorees of this year were:
Mouftieh Sabahat Sabounji from Tripoli. She represents the symbol of motherhood in the North, as her home is considered to be the place where all disputes are settled and solved. Mrs. Sabounji had started and presided over many educational, religious, and social associations, all aiming at empowering women.
Ms. Ani Boudjikanian from Beirut, an exceptional social worker and pharmacist, was honored for her achievement of the EHLAN Social Housing Project, which provides decent housing for needy Lebanese Armenians. Ms Boudjikanian represents the coexistence of a loving heart and an intellectual mind in one body.
Mrs. Zeinab Osseiran from Saida was appreciated for her establishing the Jabal Amel Women's Association, for building a nursing school and reviving the silk industry in the South. Mrs. Osseiran is a woman of vision and a believer in continuous learning.
Mrs. Maya Chami was recognized for founding the "Association de Dame de la Charite". She has succeeded in developing a teamwork spirit amongst the social workers.
Princess Hayat Arslan was honored for founding the Society of Lebanon the Giver, an institution which deals with social problems, and generates income through creating various social projects.
After a welcoming word by the Haigazian University Women''s Auxiliary chair Mrs. Terine Hasserjian, HUWA member Mrs. Mayda Keleshian led the audience in a half hour audio-visual journey, "down memory lane", presenting the lives of the five honorees in mesmerizing detail. In her conclusion, she praised the women who have tried hard to restore and strengthen the dignity of those who had lost it, and badly needed to regain it.
Mr. Abdel Salam Marini, director of the Al-Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation in Lebanon, praised Haigazian University for its pioneering role in the Lebanese society. On this special occasion, the institution was generous in offering the university a fully equipped exam room, in addition to LCD projectors for all the classrooms. Mr. Marini announced that this donation represented the beginning of cooperation between the university and the Al-Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation.
Haigazian University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian explained the concept of servant leadership. "The mmission of Haigazian University from the beginning has been to appreciate, encourage and promote an understanding of leadership that is well-equipped, well-trained, but also well-prepared to serve", said Haidostian. Moreover, he considered an honor for Haigazian University to be recognized and appreciated by the Al-Waleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation.
Then each of the five honorees received a special plaque from the hand of Mrs. Solh and in return President Haidostian awarded her excellency with a golden plaque of appreciation.
The program was concluded with a luncheon of fellowship during which the attendees had the opportunity to meet the various members of the HUWA, converse with Mrs. Solh and familiarize themselves with the academic services of Haigazian University.
In addition to the enjoyment of the event as a whole, the attendees expressed deep appreciation for the participation of some Haigazian University students who during the celebration presented a special musical interlude, and an Armenian traditional dance during the luncheon.
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