Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia pay tribute to Peter Jasonides

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The Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia has conveyed its deepest sorrow on the passing of Past President and proud Pontian Peter Jasonides.

Peter served as President of the Federation from 2005-2007. His passion for Pontos and vision for a more vibrant and engaging Federation led to some of the biggest changes witnessed within the Pontian community here in Australia.

Peter’s era has been credited with making the Federation more accessible and purpose driven which led to an influx of 2nd generation Pontians who shared the same passion and work ethic that he imbued.

Not long after, under his successor Harry Tavlaridis, the Pontian community achieved its first ever Government recognition of the Greek Genocide. Mr Tavlaridis always credited the achievement to the wider team of which Peter was an integral part, including a more dynamic Federation which he inherited from Peter.

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Peter Jasonides passed away this week.

Federation President Esta Paschalidis-Chilas said, “Peter has left an indelible mark on our community and his legacy is truly lasting because he was a trailblazer at a time where our community needed his vision, energy and optimism.”

“My late father spoke of Peter with respect and warmth because he knew Peter was a tireless advocate for the Pontian cause. May he now rest in eternal peace,” she added.

The Federation members conveyed their deepest condolences to Peter’s wife Helen and their children Natole and George. Peter always mentioned how lucky he was to have such a supportive family and that he would not have been able to do what he does without their love and understanding.

The community mourns for the loss of a strong son of Pontos, a proud son from Galiena Matsouka
who never stopped fighting for the preservation of the Pontian culture here and abroad.

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