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PETER FRAGISKATOS , the Kefalonian (From Lixouri) member of the Canadian Parliament and member

«Odysseus»
World Federation of
Cephalonian & Ithacian Societies
Costas Vangelatos,
Secretary

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From: «Cephalonian Federation» <odysseus@hellenism.com>
To: «Cephalonian Federation» <odysseus@hellenism.com>
Subject: The Parliamant of CANADA Honors Juan De Fuca
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:42:48 -0800

PETER FRAGISKATOS , the Kefalonian (From Lixouri) member of the Canadian Parliament and member of the Board of the World Federation of Cephalonian & Ithacian Societies «ODYSSEUS».

made a statement to the Canadian Parliament Honoring Juan De Fuca (Ioannis Focas Valerianos),
 the navigator who discovered the Northwestern Coast of Canada and the strait between the Island of Vancouver and USA  were named after him (the Strait of Juan de Fuca).

SEE VIDEO:
http://pfragiskatos.liberal.ca/videos/

In the House of Commons on December 11th, 2017. See this statement in context.

Juan de FucaStatements By Members

December 11th, 2017 / 2:10 p.m.

Liberal

Peter Fragiskatos London North Centre, ON

Mr. Speaker, Greeks in Canada have a proud legacy as entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and community leaders. Indeed, our country is home to over 250,000 Canadians of Greek heritage.

As we reflect on Canada’s 150th year, I would like to highlight the legacy of a Greek explorer. Ioánnis Fokás was born on the Greek island of Kefalonia in 1536. He was an experienced sailor, one who took missions on behalf of the Spanish court under the name Juan de Fuca to what is modern-day China, the Philippines, and Mexico. He is best known for exploring the area that now bears his name, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, between Vancouver Island and northwestern Washington state. Geological wonders, such as the Juan de Fuca Ridge, Juan de Fuca Plate, and the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island’s West Coast are all named after him.

On behalf of all Canadians of Greek and Kefalonian heritage, of which I am one, I salute the memory of Juan de Fuca.

«Odysseus» 
World Federation of 
Cephalonian & Ithacian Societies
Costas Vangelatos,
Secretary

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