An educator, known to Filipino-Canadian students and parents as “Tita Pearl”, PERLA JAVATE, the community liaison for the Winnipeg School Division made it to the short list of this year’s Top 75 Canadian Immigrants out of hundreds of names submitted from various ethnicities and industries across Canada.
From this list, the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants will be awarded and will be determined by a panel of judges and through online voting. The prestigious award, now on its 8th year, is presented by the Canadian Immigrant Magazine and supported by RBC Royal Bank in celebration of immigrants who made significant contribution to Canada.
“I was completely surprised when I got an email telling me I was nominated. There are others who are more deserving than me. It is an honor to be part of the list. ” Perla shared.
Two other Filipino-Canadians were chosen as finalists–Alvin Relleve, a community leader from Vancouver and Renan Orquiza, an environmental activist from Missisauga. Perla is the only Manitoban nominated. Previous winner includes former Member of Parliament, Dr. Rey Pagtakhan.
Perla, Leader, Advocate, Social worker
Since her coming to Canada 40 years ago, Perla has been championing causes for the community –leading and advocating programs for newcomers, youths, women and seniors. She has been actively involved in promoting Philippine culture and heritage being president of the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba. She is co-founder of Pinay Manitoba, Inc and an active volunteer for Folklorama, Knights of Rizal, International Centre, Mount Carmel Clinic, Sexuality, Education Resource Centre and Manitoba Intercultural Council, to name a few.
Perla has received several citations including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her invaluable service to the community and to Canada.
Perla finished a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of the Philippines. From the Netherlands where she worked as a social worker, she came to Canada in 1976 and was instrumental in bringing close to a hundred of Filipino women who started and became part of the flourishing garment industry of Manitoba in late 1970s. Perla is one of the most respected leaders in the community and is well-loved for her modesty.
Winners for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants will be announced June 21, 2016. Each will receive a plaque and $500 toward a charity of their choice. Deadline of online voting is May 13, 2016.
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