Arpi Hamalian Fund

The Arpi Hamalian Fund supports efforts to make activities and programs organized by CKX accessible to people whose voices, lived experience and contributions are often pushed to the margins.

This is an important step in our efforts to embody the just world we strive for.

The Fund honours Arpi Hamalian, an advocate, ally and lifelong champion of adult education and citizen participation in civil society. One of Arpi's top priorities is to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to bring their life experience to the dialogue.

When can someone access the fund?

The Fund is an equity-focused fund to remove or reduce additional barriers that people participating in or contributing to our gatherings or our core programs — CKX Questions or the CKX Cohort Experience — may face.

The fund is specifically for people whose voices, lived experience and contributions are often pushed to the margins. We recognize the paradigms that marginalize people, their wisdom and their experiences, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), cis and trans women, and LGBTQ2S peoples. We also recognize the importance of respecting intersectionality across communities.

What can it be used for?

The fund is flexible.  We are committed to trying our best to be responsive and adaptive to people’s needs. We acknowledge there are many ways people are pushed to the margins or constrained by our existing systems and won’t presume to bound access to our current knowledge of ongoing barriers.

If it’s helpful, some examples may include:

  • additional language supports or translation services ;

  • cultural supports — such as funding for an Elder or mentor to accompany or contribute to the program you are participating in;

  • additional travel funding to embolden involvement from people in remote areas;

  • dependant care — such as elder care, child care or pet care —  in order to participate and contribute to a gathering.

How do I connect to learn more or to access the fund?

Email Alexander Dirksen (Program Director) at

…She knew exactly how much help I needed to succeed. It seems like such a simple thing but it truly is a gift. Many teachers have great difficulty finding the right balance between overly helping their students and not helping them enough. I can tell you firsthand that Dr. Hamalian is able to negotiate that fine line better than any teacher that I have known.
— Dr. Imtiaz Khan MDCM
A profound gratitude for all Arpi’s work and contribution to adult education. More specifically, she is an inspiration for the bridges she has built between the anglophone and francophone adult education communities in Quebec.
— Daniel Baril
...There is a special kind of awe for the way [Arpi] says things so the less visible voices, ideas, and realities are heard and held such that there is more justice, more participation, more connection in the world.
— Vanessa Reid