Hayastan All-Armenian Fund marked the opening of the reconstructed Proshyan Street
in Shushi, Artsakh. The renovation project, the latest milestone in the ongoing
development of the historic city, was financed by the fund’s Montreal, Canada, affiliate.
The opening ceremony was attended by several officials including Arayik Harutyunyan,
prime minister of Artsakh; Karen Shahramanyan, minister of Urban Development; Kajik
Khachatryan, mayor of Shushi; Ara Vardanyan, executive director of the Hayastan All-
Armenian Fund; Ararat Khlghatyan, deputy director of the fund; and Antranik Shirinian,
chairman of the fund’s Montreal affiliate. Also present at the event were longtime fund
benefactor Hacop Baghdassarian and his wife; guests from Montreal, Armenia, and
Artsakh; as well as numerous Shushi residents.
Proshyan Street is a seven-meter-wide and 252-meter-long stretch that connects
Shushi’s main thoroughfare, Ghazanchetsots Street, with Hakhumyan Street.
Renovations completed along Proshyan street include a new storm drain as well as new
lighting and traffic signs.
Addressing the attendees during the opening ceremony, Antranik Shirinian said, “I
salute you all on behalf of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s affiliate office in Montreal,
on behalf of our brothers and sisters. Montreal may be a world away, yet Artsakh has
always lived in the hearts of Montreal’s Armenians. Ever since the establishment of the
fund, the Armenian community of Montreal has contributed to the rebirth of Artsakh. May
Mother Armenia, our Artsakh, our Shushi, live forever. Long live the entire Armenian
nation, in Armenia, Artsakh, and the diaspora.”
To date the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has rebuilt close to 2.3 kilometers of roads in