Departing Sophianou Showed The Flag for Cyprus

NEW YORK – The Greek and Cypriot-American communities in the New York Metropolitan Area are preparing for a holiday farewell to the woman who has come to embody the dignity amid struggle of the people of Cyprus by making real the situations and issues about which Greek Americans are not always well informed.. Cyprus’ Consul General Koula Sophianou began her tenure in New York auspiciously on the Feast Day of St. Andrew, the patron Saint of the Island of Cyprus on Nov.30, 2009 and immediately impressed with her warmth, intelligence and passionate love of her country and Hellenism. Now she will begin new duties in January in the office of the Foreign Minister. Her roots are in the occupied city of Famagusta. She and her sister were raised by her mother – her father made the ultimate sacrifice for Cyprus during the invasion in 1974 by Turkey.With the support of her indomitable mother and assistance from the Cyprus Children’s Fund and the Poll family, she earned Bachelor and Masters degrees at Purdue University.