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Mashdots leader to lead visit to Western Armenia

Garbis Der Yeghiayan hopes for accord between Armenia and Turkey in 2015.

February 04, 2014|By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

“I make no enemies whatsoever — not as a Rotarian but as a Christian. It says in the Bible, ‘Love your enemies.’ That has to be implemented through my deeds, my actions, my words,” he said, adding, “I plant seeds of love and compassion, not seeds of hatred.”

At Mashdots College in Glendale, Der Yeghiayan teaches several educational courses. The campus also offers certificate programs spanning from paralegal studies to early childhood education and career technical classes in computers and medical billing.

He strives to counsel the students, many of whom who are of Armenian descent and new to Glendale. Even more recently, he serves refugees from Syria.

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“It’s not just a college, it’s a second home,” he said.

For the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Der Yeghiayan is serving on a committee that plans to honor the centennial at the Rose Bowl. He also plans to return to Western Armenia in 2015 for another pilgrimage.

Of the year 2015, he said, “This is a great opportunity for Turks to extend their hand of friendship and tell Armenians, ‘This is what we owe to you,’” he said. “If we don’t resolve our differences, the next generation will have a very hard time resolving the differences.”

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