On December 9th, PCC celebrated our annual Christmas Party at McNabb Community Centre. Joining us for our festivities were members of the PCC board, volunteers, community members, and more!
Over the last two and a half years, Filipinos in Canada have faced unique challenges due to the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Yet throughout that time, PCC has found new staff, board members, and volunteers who are dedicated to serving this community.
In 2022, PCC elected new officers including Chairperson Lota Bertulfo, Vice Chairperson Teilhard Paradela, and Secretary Maureen Carlos. We also welcomed new part-time staff members: Ethel Maamo, and Jezreel Morales, and student interns from the University of Ottawa, Andrew Calderon and Neil Santos. Throughout the year, PCC organized workshops on financial awareness, healthy senior living, and legacy planning.
This summer, members organized a Britannia Beach Clean Up with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary 209.5 Division.
Over the fall, PCC board members, staff, and volunteers participated in a full-day board training session, organized by Volunteer Ottawa, on the topics of board governance, advocacy, and fundraising.
During our Christmas Party, PCC Chairperson Lota Bertulfo recognized individuals in our community who donate their time and talent to PCC’s mission of strengthening and supporting Filipino-Canadians in the National Capital Region. We would also like to take this opportunity to once again, thank our funders various agencies of the federal government (Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Health Agency Canada through the Canadian Red Cross and the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Canadian Heritage, and the Government of the Ontario Province through the Older Adults Centres Association of Ontario for entrusting us with resources which our new and returning board members, and student interns Andrew and Neil, for all the work you’ve done this past year. We would also like to thank one of our closest partners, the Ottawa Valley Filipino-Canadian SeniorCitizens’ Association for collaborating with us on programs benefiting the seniors in our community throughout the year.