The ILOCANOS Association of Manitoba Inc. (AIM) was founded just four short years ago. Since then,this relatively small, Maples-based Filipino organization has been making a very big impact in the local community and in the Philippines with its bold outreach programs and care missions.
Super volunteers Mario Rosario (president), his wife Myra Rosario (secretary) and a team of dedicated members are spending most of their spare time on the projects of AIM.
"Our children are all grown-up, and they are established in their respective professions. We are now free to give back to our community in Winnipeg and reach out to the less fortunate in the Philippines", Mario Rosario said.
AIM focuses on only a few big projects and events each year. The organization’s 200-plus members are especially proud of its annual care mission to the rural areas of the Philippines.
Next May, 10 members of the organization will travel to the Philippines, at their own expense, to distribute hundreds of hefty care hampers. The packages include groceries, clothing, soap, toothbrushes, and first-aid kits. Mini seminars on health care and home economics will also be presented to the families in need.
Board members Danny Amyo and his wife Remy Amyo are the dynamic couple that will lead next year’s team of volunteers on the three-week mission
"We are truly blessed in Canada, and we are very happy to share our blessings to those in need", Danny Amyo said.
Last August, AIM was the grand winner at the First Filipino Street and Cultural Festival.
The organization won the best float and best costume contests, beating out 30 other organizations.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, the ILOCANOS Association held its fourth sold-out annual gala and banquet at the Marlborough Inn. Proceeds from this popular event go to the care-mission project.
"It is important to keep this organization together and respond to community needs and lead the way to improve the quality of life for all", AIM founder Manuel Joven said.
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Neighbourhood notes: Check out the free Seniors Exercise Program every Thursday at 10:30 am at the Maples Community Centre gym, 434 Adsum Dr. For info: call Susan Alder at (204) 612-3888. . .Also please note that the Maples/Elwick area Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) is looking for more volunteers. Patrols focus on safety and well-being of the residents. For info call Amanda Lennon at (204) 793-2124
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.