ANCA-SFW Activist Nichan Kulukian At Inaugural Banquet

ANCA-SFW members with Nichan Kulukian

ENCINO—The Armenian National Committee of America, San Fernando Valley West Chapter has announced that it will be honoring long time community activist Nichan Kulukian with the Hai-Tahd Award.  The award will be presented to Kulukian at the ANCA-SFW inaugural banquet which will be held on April 7 at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City.

“I’m honored to be receiving the Hai-Tahd Award from the ANCA-SFW Chapter” stated Kulukian. “I consider it my duty to promote the ideals and activities of Hye Tad” he added.

Nichan has a distinguished record of service in the positions he has held.  Kulukian was first active in the Montreal Armenian Community where he volunteered to teach Armenian Culture and Language in Sourp Hagop Saturday school from 1971 to 1981.  He later helped found the Horizon weekly newspaper in 1979, which is still in circulation today.  Kulukian also helped establish the Sourp Hagop Armenian School in Montreal Canada in 1974.  During later years, under his chairmanship the school expanded to a full high school serving 800 students, before his departure to Los Angeles in 1988.

In Los Angeles, Kulukian continued his service to the community and its education by teaching various subjects at Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School until 1991; and becoming principal of ARS “Anahid” Chapter’s Saturday School from 1999 to 2002.

Nichan continued his service to his community in other spheres. In 2001 he was appointed to the California Universal Access Task Force (UAWG) commissioned by the then Governor as consumer representative, to find ways to improve programs and services offered through Workforce Investment Act (WIA) used by consumers with disabilities.

Kulukian has also been an active member of the San Fernando Valley. Since 1995 he has served as an Executive Board Member and as past Chairman of ANCA San Fernando Valley West Chapter, and for the last three years he concurrently serves as Board member with the ANCA San Fernando Valley North Chapter also.

“Nichan Kulukian has an exemplary record for organizing activism in the Armenian community,” stated ANCA-SFW Executive Board Member Talar Derderian.  “His tireless service to the community is inspirational and we are overjoyed to be honoring him” concluded Derderian.

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The Armenian National Committee of America, San Fernando Valley West advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.

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