The Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project is now in full swing. Thanks to the active participation of GTA's Filipino seniors groups and elderly who see the project as an important step in building a bright future for themselves. FEW Project is the research collaboration launched by the University of Toronto and Filipino Centre Toronto to establish a baseline data and to determine the needs of Filipino seniors in the Greater Toronto Area.
Since May, the FEW Project Research Team have conducted group and individual questionnaire surveys in Toronto and Markham. Brampton and Mississauga seniors groups are in line for the survey in June. Targeted Catholic parishes with large Filipino members have also been a good source of respondents. FEW Project will be present at community events to attract individual survey participants. The survey period will continue until August.
Interested seniors can contact the FEW Project at the University of Toronto (416-978-0462) or Filipino Centre Toronto (416-928-9355) to participate. Seniors can also register and complete the survey at Filipino Centre Toronto located at 597 Parliament Street (TTC /Wellesley or Castle Frank Subway Station) during weekday office hours (Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri between 1pm-5pm).
TEN YEARS AFTER THE ACQUISITION OF THE FILIPINO CENTRE TORONTO BUILDING
by: Rosalinda Cerrudo-Javier, President and CEO
The idea of owning a building for a Filipino community centre in downtown Toronto was simply a pipe dream for interested Filipinos in the 70s and 80s. Nonetheless, it seems only yesterday when a group of well-intentioned Filipinos mobilized by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa with Ambassador Francisco Benedicto and the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, under the auspices of Consul General Susan Cisternae, Consuls Olivia Palala and Sylvia Maralinga finally lay to rest the dream of a community center in downtown Toronto.