We had the pleasure of chatting with the wonderful Dora Papoutsakis of Agape Greek Radio. Daughter of a Greek musician, Dora was immersed in “ta laika” at a very young age because her father worked as a keyboard player in the Vancouver bouzoukia scene for over 40 years.
She grew up listening to Vancouver’s Greek radio program and in her late teens joined as a co-host. Her love for radio led her to complete her radio broadcasting degree at BCIT and she continued hosting “Greek Canadian Memories” with Mike Georgiopoulos for over 15 years until it went off the air.
Dora’s love for anything Greek began from her annual visits to Greece and led her to get fully involved in the Greek Community of Vancouver by volunteering with their youth programs and Greek School for many years. After marrying her husband, Niko she also became involved in the Cretan Association of BC which is one of the strongest associations in western Canada. In recent years Dora has taken on the role of Camp Coordinator for Camp Met BC where she is the official “Mom” of Camp. Her number one priority is to keep the Greek youth in BC involved and engaged in their communities and to spread the love for anything Greek to all.
Along with her volunteering, she is a full-time mom and a Government of Canada employee. She is an open book and welcomes any questions or comments at any time!
Dora on Agape Greek Radio