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Leaders’ Gala, April 2, 2011, launch of CASJ’s Annual “Leaders’ Speakers Series”

Posted by casjcanada on February 22, 2011

Inspired by the Claro M. Recto Dinner in the Philippines during the 1970’s, CASJ, on its 6th anniversary, launches “Leaders’ Speaker Series”.

This annual series will feature a speaker with the hope of inspiring the Filipino-Canadian community, especially our youth, towards becoming leaders for social justice.

Leaders Gala: A dinner/dance event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, from 6p.m -12 a.m. at Rembrandt Banquet Hall, 930 Progress Ave., Scarborough, ON

This launching event presents our distinguished first guest speaker of the series, the Honourable Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Province of Manitoba and the first Asian and first woman of colour to be elected to the Manitoba Parliament.

Who is Flor Marcelino?

Honourable Flor Marcelino is a model Filipino-Canadian. As a wife and working mother, Honourable Marcelino continues to also advocate for the Filipino community. She is a tireless activist and volunteer who has made great strides in Canadian mainstream politics.

Flor Marcelino was first elected as the MLA for Wellington in 2007.She served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport in 2008 before being appointed as the Minister of Culture, Heritage, Tourism and the Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism in 2009.

Flor was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to Canada in 1982 where she and her family have since made Winnipeg home. They first settled in the Weston community, one of the many vibrant neighbourhoods located in the Wellington constituency. Flor is married to Orlando, and together raised 5 children.

Flor MarcelinoFlor worked as support staff at Red River College for 17 years until she became a small business owner and editor of The Philippine Times, a newspaper dedicated to political and human rights issues affecting the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. She has been an active community leader, having served on the board of Project Peacemakers, St. Stephen’s-Broadway Foundation, Broadway Disciples United Church and its international affiliate, Global Ministries. Flor also served on the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council for 6 years.

In 2007, she unexpectedly entered a career in politics and made history as the first woman of colour elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. In November 2009, Flor became the first visible minority to be included in the Manitoba provincial cabinet.

(from Veronica Javier, FYTIC/Mila Garcia, CASJ)

The Leaders’ Gala is a fundraiser for CASJ’s youth projects. Tickets cost $40 per person, and $37 for full-time students.

For information and tickets, contact:

Evelyn Pagkalinawan (416) 727-5853
Mila Astorga-Garcia (416) 803-8576
Veronica Javier (416) 805-3806
Cathy Carpio (647) 210-5662
Luz del Rosario (905) 542-8747


One Response to “Leaders’ Gala, April 2, 2011, launch of CASJ’s Annual “Leaders’ Speakers Series””

  1. […] On Saturday, April 2nd, the Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) is launching its Leaders’ Speaker Series to celebrate its 6th anniversary. Featuring the Honourable Flor Marcelino (Minister of Culture, Province of Manitoba, and the first Asian + first woman of colour to be elected to the Manitoba parliament), the event hopes to inspire the Filipino-Canadian community, especially the youth, towards becoming leaders for social justice. More information about the event can be found on CASJ’s blog. […]

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