Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council elects first-ever female Chair


The Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council has elected its first-ever female Chair.

On Wednesday, 7 December 2022, the representatives of the organisations that are part of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council held their Annual General Meeting (AGM).  

During the AGM, the outgoing Chair of the Council, Jim Papadimitriou, spoke briefly about the Council’s events throughout 2022 including the anniversary events for the Battle of Crete in May, the unveiling of a plaque in Shepparton and the launch of a Commemorative Medal and Commemorative Envelope for the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete.

Mr Papadimitriou also warmly thanked all members for their support during his term.

The committee members proposed Natasha Spanos, who was the current Secretary of the Executive Committee, to the role of Chair.

Natasha Spanos and Maria Maniou with His Grace Bishop Evmenios of Kerasoundas.

Ms Spanos, who has been part of the Council since 2017 representing Oakleigh Grammar School in Victoria, accepted to take up the position and became the first-ever female Chair of the Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council.

Maria Maniou was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Council.

On Friday, December, Ms Spanos and Ms Maniou made an official visit to the Consulate of Greece in Melbourne where they met with the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Emmanuel Kakavelakis, and discussed the future of the Council. On the same day, they received the blessing of His Grace Bishop Evmenios of Kerasoundas.

The Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council is working on its annual program for 2023 which will be available shortly. Those organisations and associations interested in actively participating in the Council can contact the Chair Ms Spanos on 0449 232 783 or at




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