‘Inspirational, Generous and Amazing’: Mother’s Day messages from the heart


From The Greek Herald with love – Happy Mother’s Day to all our special mum’s and grandmother’s! While every day is the perfect time to treasure your mum or γιαγιά and show them how much they mean to you, today is just that extra bit special.

To mark the occasion, we asked members of the Greek Australian community to tell us why their mum and γιαγιά are special to them.

Andrea Conomos:

Wishing all wonderful Mums, a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! To my beautiful Mum, Frances Tefany, with her name, Φωτεινή, meaning “light” in Greek, you bring me so much joy and light every single day. As a medical specialist, a healthcare worker working frontline amidst a global pandemic, the world has so much respect for you and people like you, dedicating your life to helping others. Thank you for your love and support. I cherish every moment with you and am so grateful to call you my Mum.

Olympia Nelson:

Not having my mother here on earth on Mother’s Day is a unique, permanent and inexplicable pain. After having lost my mother, Polixeni Papapetrou, 3 years ago, at the age of 21, my entire worldview shifted. Today is a day where I chose to honour not only how wonderful a mother she was to me and my younger brother, but to also honour her profound and influential contribution to Australian culture and the art world.

My mother was an amazing and generous mentor to numerous people including many women artists, many of whom are also mothers. I cannot wait to be a mother myself and inspire, empower and love my children just like she did for me and Solomon. Although we cannot celebrate mother’s day in the same way as we did when she was here with us, I will always be such a proud daughter and feel so grateful that I can honour her through her art and contribution to culture and Greek-Australian life.

Peter Oglos:

To my mum Patricia, Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for everything you’ve done and so much more. Hope you have a great day. Love, Peter.

Leah Varvaressos:

My mother is truly one of a kind. She has a sense of style to die for, combined with the majesty of Maria Callas. Her kindness, intelligence and compassion are expressed in everything she does and to everyone she graces with her presence. She is an enormous inspiration to me. I couldn’t imagine not celebrating her noble contribution each and every day. Love you mum x

Vanessa and Chris Boyacioglu:

Happy Mother’s Day. Have a nice day. We hope you have a wonderful day mum, nan and grandma.


Four generations of amazing Greek women! Love you yiayia maria and my amazing mother Vicki! You all mean so much to everyone but the world to me ❤

Xronia sas polla.

John Voutos:

Happy Mothers Day, Μαμα! Thank you for all that you do, your laughs, your hugs, and always being a boss!




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