Victoria Filipino Canadian Association
While the immigration of Filipinos to Canada began in 1946, it
was not until the late 1960s when their numbers started to increase
significantly because of new immigration policies.
Victoria, the Canadian city nearest to the Philippines, was
one of the earliest recipients of Filipino immigrants.
By 1968, there were more than 30 Filipino immigrants-mostly
women in the health care field-in the 'Garden City' to warrant the
establishment of the first Filipino-Canadian association in the country.
This group got together that year to organize an association,
chiefly to help new immigrants from the Philippines find housing
accommodation and help each other adjust to the Canadian way of life.
The signatories on the application for incorporation under
British Columbia's Society Act were: Susan Arroyo, Marcelina
Bolaños (now Baldauf), Eliza
Castillo, Mary Ann Colmenares, Annette
Jayme, Marina Leonardo, Sheila
Muñieza (now deceased), Mel Nonisa, Zeny
Regalado, Ruby Talatala, Mercedes
Velasco (became Gomez and now deceased), Cristina
Salvino (now Voorsluys), Olive
Java, Emma Bibera and Rose
Zuniga. The witness to the signing was Ardena
Simpson, then associate director of nursing, St. Joseph's
On February 10, 1969, the founding members officially
established the Victoria Filipino Canadian Association.
Today there are more than 4,000 Canadians of Filipino ancestry
in the Greater Victoria area and the association's objectives have
increased to meet their aspirations and needs in this rapidly changing