AIM aims to give back to the community
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This article was published 10/12/2021 (542 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On Dec. 4, the Association of Ilocanos of Manitoba (AIM) celebrated its 12th anniversary with a colourful Christmas party at Maples Community Centre.
It was a much smaller event than the regular Christmas gala in the Skyview Ballroom at the Marlborough Hotel. Usually the gala is the main fundraising event for AIM.
This year, the novel Christmas celebration was a super-fun picnic and dance.
Over 180 revellers — members and friends — attended the party which featured an all-night buffet of 15 courses and non-stop line dancing.
Based in the Maples, AIM is one of the largest Filipino community organizations in Manitoba. Its over 380-strong membership focuses on only a few big projects and events each yearand is especially dedicated to its annual care mission in rural areas of the Philippine.
Every year several of its members visit the Philippines and take an extra suitcasepacked with supplies such as kids clothing, school supplies, dry goods and first aid kits. These items will be included in hundreds of care hampers. AIM members on vacation also schedule time to distribute the hampers to families in need.
“It’s important to realize our vision and goals that we are known for; generosity and and compassion to all, especially to the less fortunate,” said AIM president Mario Rosario.
Myra Rosario, Mario’s wife, is a past-president of the organization. No, she serves as a member of the board of directors. Together, AIM contributes to charity outreaches in the Philippines and to many churches and hospitals in Winnipeg.
The Filipino-Canadian community is one of the fastest-growing in Canad and is now over one million.
“AIM will continue to grow and engage in social services and build a sense of harmonious community”, AIM founder Manuel Joven said.
Derek Dabee is a member of the board of trustees of Seven Oaks School Division and a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at email@example.com
The Maples community correspondent
Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples.