“Nova has been a tremendous contributor to the community here in Pasadena,” Schiff said. “Her passion for music and commitment to serve her fellow immigrants is indicative of her great talent and generous nature.”
Nova came to the United States in 1975 from Damascus, Syria to attend her brother’s wedding. While here, she met Garabet Hindoyan, then a student and now the co-owner of Burger Continental Restaurant in Pasadena. They fell in love and married within the same year. They are blessed with a son and two daughters.
Nova has been a long-time dedicated member of the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, Inc. (ARS-WR), and has held executive positions as Chair of the Armenian Relief Society of Pasadena Chapter “SOSSE,” as well as serving on the Executive Board of Directors of the ARS-WR as vice chair and chair. She has worked on the ARS Public Relations Committee’s special events, Red Cross blood drives, and the City of Hope Bone Marrow Registry. Nova has always been an active parent and was on the Parent-Teacher Association while all three of her children were in school.
With her leadership, she was able to raise funds for special projects for ARS, most recently for the Society’s Centennial Fund. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Old Town Conservatory School of Music in Pasadena, as well as on the Board of Directors and an active participant of the Lark Musical Society. Nova has sponsored and opened her home to foreign students who have come to the United States for their studies. Today, Nova is on the Board of the Directors of the ARS Central Executive, while staying active in her chapter in Pasadena.
Every March, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District. These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region. While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.
Rep. Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City