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Ian Vorres and the Vorres Museum at Athens

Ian Vorres has dedicated his entire life to promoting close cultural and artistic ties between Canada and Greece, a fact that has been acknowledged by many Canadian officials including The Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson and The Right Honourable Pierre E. Trudeau (for whom a brilliant reception was held in the presence of over 300 distinguished guests and covered by the Canadian press.)

In October 2009 Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, came to Athens to receive the Olympic Flame for Canada, and on that occasion she honoured Mr. Vorres for his inclusion to the Order of Canada.

Ian Vorres' (right) investiture to the Order of Canada, during the first visit to the Vorres Museum by H.E. The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada (accompanied here by her husband, H.E. Jean Daniel Lafond). October 28, 2009

Ian Vorres' (right) investiture to the Order of Canada, during the first visit to the Vorres Museum
by H.E. The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada
(accompanied here by her husband, H.E. Jean Daniel Lafond). October 28, 2009

More recently, on November 5, 2013, she returned to the Vorres Museum at Athens for the opening of the exhibition, The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Land(scape).

The Vorres Museum was inaugurated by president Constantine Caramanlis and acclaimed actress Melina Merkouri as Minister of Culture in September 1983 and since that time, numerous international VIPs have visited it (PDF file, 83KB). In Greece the Museum is referred to as "Canada House," a fact now officially inscribed on the commemorative plaque unveiled by Michaëlle Jean during her second visit. The plaque is prominently displayed beneath the donors' plaque, at the entrance to the museum's new wing.

Ian Vorres with The Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada September 01,1983

Ian Vorres with The Right Honourable
Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada September 01,1983

 

 

 

 

 

Between 1986 and 1988, a major exhibition of contemporary Greek art from the Vorres Museum collection was shown in many cities across Canada and the U.S. The exhibition travelled in cooperation with the Association of Canadian Museums and it is estimated that it was viewed by over 50,000 art lovers.

 

 

 

In addition to his  impressive list of accomplishments (PDF, 88KB) , in conjunction with his late younger brother,  Alexander (Alec) Vorres (PDF, 253KB) , Mr. Vorres established two scholarships:  one at Queen’s (the Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship and Travel Bursary for students from the Classics Department who wish to study in Greece), and one in the name of his parents, Andrew and Stephanie Vorres, at the University of Toronto.

Emily Ricketts, 2013 Vorres Travel Fellowship recipient,   visiting Mr. Vorres at the Vorres Museum

Emily Ricketts, 2013 Vorres Travel Fellowship recipient, visiting Mr. Vorres at the Vorres Museum

Meghan Vaillancourt, 2014 Vorres Travel Fellowship recipient,   visiting Mr. Vorres at the Vorres Museum

Meghan Vaillancourt, 2014 Vorres Travel Fellowship recipient, visiting Mr. Vorres at the Vorres Museum