ARS’s Jarahian Honored at the Annual Women in Business Awards

Senator Scott–Assemblymembers Frommer and Liu award 3 local Armenian women

PASADENA–The Armenian Relief Society’s Jasik Jarahian was among the 24 women who received awards during a ceremony organized by State Senator Jack Scott (21st District)–Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (43rd District)–and Assemblymember Carol Liu (44th District).

The 6th Annual Women in Business awards ceremony–held October 19 at the Pasadena Hilton–recognized women who excel in categories (10 in all) ranging from "Junior Businesswoman" to "Small Businesswoman." Jarahian was one of two "Non-Profit Employee of the Year" awardees–who work or reside within the assembly or senate districts. She is the Armenian Relief Society-Western Region’s (ARS-WR) General Accountant-Controller.

The ARS-WR nominated Jarahian–a 14-year staffer for the award. "We were proud of all the women who won recognition during this special event–but especially proud of Ungerouhi Jasik Jarahian. Time and time again–she has demonstrated such dedication and leadership to the ARS that nominating her was one of the ways we wanted to show our appreciation for her efforts. Her award demonstrated that Jasik’s service record was appreciated by the community–as well as the ARS," said the organization’s chairwoman Angela Savoian.

Savoian was at the awards ceremony–along with other ARS Regional and Chapter Executive members and staff–in addition to Jarahian’s family–who joined around 500 people to honor this year’s recipients.

Jarahian’s tireless efforts to inspire others to serve their communities and those in need–made her a likely candidate for the award. Jarahian handles her financial reporting and property management responsibilities thoroughly and dedicates unlimited time to this organization that serves the community with six social service centers–a Child–Youth–and Family Guidance center–and 26 chapters.

She also leads ARS’s annual pilgrimage to Armenia and fundraising projects for Armenia and the Mountainous Karabagh Republic.

Aside from her efforts to advance ARS projects–she also assists numerous community organizations in their fundraising efforts. She recently served on the committee that organized the Pontifical Visit of Catholicos Aram I to Southern California.

In 2001–she was named "Model and Exemplary Member" of the Homenetmen (Athletic Union).

Senator Scott–and Assemblymembers Frommer and Lui spoke about the importance of recognizing women for their achievemen’s.

Those who received the "Junior Businesswoman of the Year" award are also Armenian. Courtney Marie Sarian–a junior at La Canada High School–founded "The Beaded Bookworm." Annette Vartanian is the Executive Director of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce.

Others were recognized for their roles in arts and entertainment–science and technology–inspiration–and empowerment–all in the corporate and small business world.

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