The Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria (CCMV) Board met formerly on Wednesday evening and accepted the resignation of Stelios Angelodemou as President and from the Board.
The CCMV Board passed unanimous motions expressing its sincere thanks to Mr Angelodemou for his service over the last four years.
The Board subsequently appointed former Victorian minister Theo Theophanous as the New President and Chris Christoforou as Vice President of the CCMV.
Over the last four years the CCMV board worked together to achieve much including:
* The establishment of the Halloumi Festival, which attracted thousands of people and showcased Cypriot Culture.
* The successful acquisition of grants from the Victorian Government of $500,000 and an initial permit for a new building.
* Initiating an important project aimed at documenting the History of Cypriots in Australia with emphasis on the Victorian Diaspora to be authored by Prof Anastasios Tamis.
* Many new community projects including supporting our members, in particular during the pandemic, with food parcels and regular contacts.
Mr Angelodemou cited personal and family responsibilities he had undertaken in Cyprus and his long absence from the leadership as reasons for his resignation.
New President Theo Theophanous thanked Mr Angelodemou for his contribution and conveyed the best wishes from all the members of the CCMV Board to Stelios and his family.
He noted that: “Stelios was passionate in his support for the CCMV to finally redevelop its building in Lygon St and to have its long history published. We thank him for his service.”
Mr Theophanous said “the CCMV still faces many challenges and I look forward to playing my part in its historical mission in the Cyprus diaspora.”
Theo Theophanous was born in Polis, Cyprus and wet to Australia with his parents at an early age, he attended Glenroy High School and La Trobe University. He is married with four children.