The new millennium and new decade found the Community facing, once again, new challenges. New families moved to Ottawa from other Canadian cities, and the second generation of the Greek Canadians started their own families. As a result the membership raised significantly as the Services of the Church and Community to the members. On May 10, 2000, the Hellenic Community of Ottawa held a Testimonial Dinner to honour Mr. Nick Michelis for his 50 years of Service to the Church and the Community as a Chanter and Choir Master. On May 27, 2000, the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Konstantinos Stephanopoulos visited Canada as an official guest of Her Excellency, the Governor General of Canada, Mrs. Andrienne Clarkson. The Hellenic Community of Ottawa along with Greek Representatives from other cities in Canada, welcomed President Stephanopoulos at the military Ottawa airport. The next day, His Excellency attended the Divine Liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios or Toronto, at the Dormition of Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. That same evening the President met with leaders of the Hellenic Associations and Societies of Ottawa, and attended a sold-out dinner which was hosted in His honour, by the Community at the Community Banquet Hall. In September of 2000, the Community began constructions, in the lower level of the Community Banquet Hall, in order to create a recreational centre for its seniors members. In the fall of 2000, Steve Ramphos was elected President of the Community. This is the second time he was elected to that position. On December 15, 2000, the Seniors’ Centre “Estia” was inaugurated. On March 25th, 2001, the first Independence Day Parade took place. This was an additional ceremony to the laying of the wreath at the War Memorial, the raising of the Hellenic flag and the reception at the Ottawa City Hall which take place annually in commemoration of the March 25th, 1821. In the fall of 2001, the entire roof of the Community Centre was replaced, the Sunday School classrooms and the Church Boardroom were renovated and refurbished. At the same time, the Community and Church caretaker, Mr. Lionel Duperron, retired after 15 years of services. Following his retirement, the house behind the Church where he had been living, was demolished. This house had been the last of the original structures on the Prince of Wales property. On May 22, 2002, Alexander Sophianopoulos was selected, by the Community members, as “Member of the Year” and was honoured by the Community in a Testimonial Fundraising Dinner. By 2002, the “younger generation” of the Greek Canadian living in the Ottawa area was starting to get more involved with the operation of the Community. Younger families became more active in the various events and activities of the Community and Church. The Ottawa Greek Summer Festival had quite a “ face-lift”, and was named one of the Best Festivals in Canada. At the end of 2002, Steve Ramphos was re-elected President (third term). In order to fulfill the expansion of the Community for future construction of a Day Care, a Seniors’ Home and a Hellenic School, in January 2003 the Community purchased one of the houses behind the Church, at 869 Maryland Avenue. At the same year the Membership Committee was established with Nicholas Florakas as Chairman, and the “Orthodollars” were introduced. At the same year a Committee was formed with Chris Georgaras as Chairman in charge of the “Member of the Year” event. On March 25th, 2003 the Canadian Government and Canada Post issued a Commemorative Stamp as a “Tribute to Canadian Hellenism” and to honour the AHEPA for its 75 year history in Canada. The unveiling of the stamp took place in the West Block of the Parliament Buildings. It was attended by the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, his Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto (Canada), the Ambassador of Greece to Canada Mr. Leonidas Chrissanthopoulos, a number of Members of the Parliament, AHEPA Dignitaries from Canada and the United States, and many other political representatives. In the fall of 2003, the Church roof was replaced and the offices of the Hellenic Community and the Banquet Hall were renovated and refurbished. In June 2003, the 13th Clergy-Laity Assembly of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto took place in Ottawa. The Church and Community organized various events in order to host the representatives of the Hellenic Communities and Clergy from across Canada. In the fall of 2003 , the Church Renovations/Fundraising Committee was established with Jim A. Reklitis as Chairman. On January 4th, 2004, the Church closed and the constructions began. The renovations included construction on the main entrance, a new exit on the South side of the Church, replacement of the interior of the roof, installation of a new lighting and sound system, refurbishing of the pews, installation of granite in the narthex, soleas and holy altar of the Church, and installation of a new carpet. During the renovations the Church Services were taking place at the Community Banquet Hall. The first ever Divine Liturgy in our Church took place on a Palm Sunday, April 27, 1975. The first Divine Liturgy in our Church after the major renovations took place on a Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004.