Come Celebrate the Greek Centennial Gala and Smash the Stigma of Mental Health


The Greek Community of Thunder Bay’s Centennial Gala on October 13 will celebrate Greek dancing, music, food, and a wonderful sense of community. Above, Peter Marinis, Smarah Melissis, and Stasio Catanzaro give a taste of the culture that can be enjoyed at the Gala. Tickets are available now and selling quickly at!

Published October 3, 2018

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Greek Community of Thunder Bay. Over the past one hundred years, their Community has been deeply committed to promoting and preserving Greek culture, faith and heritage in northern Ontario.

To celebrate this milestone, they will be holding their Centennial Celebration Gala at the Victoria Inn and Conference Centre on October 13, 2018.

It will be the keystone event in a year-long celebration of the Greek community; both a look-back of how far they’ve come, and a recognition of their collective commitment to a strong community for the future. The Gala celebration will be a homecoming for many community members that have left Thunder Bay, and will attract community leaders from within and outside of Thunder Bay. While this event has a clear Thunder Bay focus, their reach will go beyond our city to touch all of Canada.

“The entire banquet facility at the Victoria Inn has been reserved and ticket sales are very strong – the community response has been tremendous and we will sell out the event”, says Tom Marinis, Co-Chair of the Greek Centennial Committee.

Two of the goals of the celebration was to bring an authentic Greek experience to Thunder Bay and to give back to a community that has been so welcoming and supportive to its immigrant population.

“It promises to be a great night” says Marinis. We are going to have a one-night-only Greek inspired menu, a professional Greek dance troupe from Minneapolis, a Greek DJ to play everyone’s favorites and some traditional Greek music to get everyone up and dancing and prizes throughout the night including a trip to Greece.

This event is not only a celebration of the Greek Community but also a fundraiser for mental health services right here at home. “The need is so acute in Thunder Bay that our committee decided we must start to do something, and what better place than our own Hospital”. Proceeds from the night will be donated to the Hospital’s Mental Health programs through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. One of the highlights of the evening will see guests gather round the dance floor and break special dishes so “together we can smash the stigma of mental health.”  

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

All inquiries to Tom Marinis (807) 346-4006.

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