An evening to honor Filipino-Canadian Winnipegers who shared time, talent and sleepless nights towards a worthwhile cause was held January 27th, 2018 at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites. The dinner event featured a 3-course meal designed by Celebrity Chef Jeremy Senaris for VIP ticket holders.
Pasasalamat: A Gratitude Gala recognizes the volunteer efforts of members of Filipino community who work behind the scenes to provide unselfish support and/or contribution in various areas that included sports, art, heritage, immigration among others.
Lead organizer Judianne Jayme, with team Culture Card, said it is a way to celebrate the volunteers’ significance.
“We want these community leaders to continue what they do and to let them know that they are appreciated.”
One of those given recognition was Aida Champagne- a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication towards promotion of Filipino culture.
Aida is the co-chair of Manitoba Filipino Street Festival (MFSF). The whole MFSF team also gets recognition under the Community Celebrations and Gatherings category.
Another awardee is Leila Castro, who was given Newcomer Volunteer Recognition for her initiative to mobilize fellow volunteers to be involved and vigilant in helping protect neighborhood.
Leila is the brain behind 204 Neighbourhood Watch, a street team involved in clean-up efforts, patrolling and crime watch.
Other awardees in different fields are as follows:
Arts & Entertainment – Magdaragat Philippines Inc.
Language & Heritage – Ernesto N. Ofiaza Jr.
Sports & Fitness – Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy
Immigration & Settlement – #PinoyCanada | Forum
Youth Volunteer Award – Hazel Anne Papelleras
“Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thank you all for your tireless dedication to uplifting, growing and sharing our community, cultures and traditions.”, Judianne said of all the nominees.
The hard task of deciding on the winners from the long list of nominees based on their profiles was taken cared of by the judges that included MLA Nic Curry, Alfie Vera Mella. Sachit Mehra and Lilian Tankard.
Event’s stage hosts were the contestants of the youth public speaking contest Dalagita from 2017 and 2018.
Maria Aragon, Faith Arintok, Sheryllynn Padua, Ron Nazario, and Jerick Reyes provided entertainment.
Just in Couture took charge of decors, program coordination and DJ services by MYXZ Images while Henry Balanial and Arnel San Jose took care of photography.
(Photo Credit: HB Photography and Jeprox Photography)
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