Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan (FCAV)


April 5th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in Important Links | News Updates - (Comments Off on Links)

About Dementia

To better understand the impact of dementia and missing incidents to family caregivers, we encourage you to watch and share this short documentary about our kababayan Rosita Dela Cruz and her husband, Juanito, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease 14 year ago:

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is expanding the award-winning Finding Your WayTM   program by reaching out to Arabic, Filipino, Tamil and Urdu communities. The multicultural safety awareness initiative for people with dementia who may go missing or become lost is now available in 12 languages, helping society as a whole better understand some of the behaviours associated with the disease and in turn providing tools to deal with the risk of going missing.

Finding Your Way is an award-winning program by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario that helps keep people with dementia safe. The program is now made available in additional languages including Tagalog. The Tagalog campaign,

Hanapin ang Iyong Daan , was launched in February  at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. Materials and resources are now available for the Filipino community and can be found online:

Why is it important to educate the Filipino community about dementia?

The risks of people going missing are greater when the community, caregivers or people with dementia themselves are unaware of the potentially severe consequences.

  • Preparation and planning are crucial to prevent people with dementia from going missing, and to ensure they are found safely and quickly. Currently, there is very little awareness of missing incidents in our communities and many people do not know where to seek help.

Anyone who has dementia and is able to walk is at risk of going missing

  • Statistics show that three out of five people with dementia will go missing at some point.[1]
  • 50 per cent of those who go missing for 24 hours risk serious injury or death from exposure, hypothermia and drowning.[2]
  • 75 per cent of people who go missing are found within 2.4 kilometers from where they disappeared.

[1], Alzheimer’s Association

[2] Search is an Emergency, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Shared by: Thessa Sandoval, Media Consultant for Alzheimer Society of Ontario Focus Communications

POSTED: March 17, 2015


PM Announces Government contribution to the Typhoon HAIYAN relief fund for the Philippines

Typhoon HAIYAN Relief Fund

Civic Hero Award

February 5th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in News Updates - (Comments Off on Civic Hero Award)

Civic Hero Award Presented to Erlinda Insigne

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Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and   Members of Council present the Civic Hero Award for Ward 5 to Erlinda   Insigne.

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​Feb. 4, 2014

The Civic Hero Award for Ward 5 was presented to Erlinda Insigne by Vaughan Council on Feb. 4. She was recognized for her community leadership, volunteerism and active involvement in the Filipino community and the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan.


“Erlinda Insigne has made outstanding contributions in support of the Filipino community in Vaughan through her passionate work as a volunteer and mentor,” said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “Her tireless dedication to enrich civic life for others has touched many residents and inspired important partnerships, including a Friendship Agreement formed in 1997 between the City of Vaughan and Baguio City, Philippines.”


Mrs. Insigne is the founding director of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan, which was created to provide assistance to Filipino-Canadians in need. The association also promotes community spirit among Filipinos and encourages participation in civic and social events. Mrs. Insigne organizes various community fundraisers and initiates partnerships with schools, community groups and other organizations.


She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee and Golden Jubilee commemorative medals for her work with the association in support of Filipino culture and values within the Filipino-Canadian community in Thornhill.


“Mrs. Insigne’s involvement in the Filipino community in Vaughan and her efforts to preserve Filipino culture and beliefs are an excellent example of what it means to be a civic hero,” said Ward 5 Councillor Alan Shefman. “Mrs. Insigne’s generosity and her commitment to helping others are effecting positive change in the community.”


The Civic Hero Award is presented annually to one resident from each of Vaughan’s five wards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and individual contributions to the community.


Annual General Meeting

January 19th, 2014 | Posted by FCAV in News Updates - (Comments Off on Annual General Meeting)
Hi everyone, please note the following:

What:              Annual General Meeting
When:              Sunday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Where:            Patricia Kemp Com. Centre  – gym …
Purpose:          To inform the members what is happening at Patricia Kemp Community Centre.. There is a possibility of demolition if we are unable to raise enough funds.


Welcoming DART Team!

December 30th, 2013 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on Welcoming DART Team!)


On Thursday, December 19, various Filipino organizations and media along with Sen. Enverga Jr., MP Mark Adler and others travelled to Trenton to welcome a contingent of 315 members of Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) who spent 40 days doing humanitarian work in typhoon-ravaged areas in central Philippines.


The DART Team did a great job in helping the victims of super typhoon Haiyan.  For the enormous tasks that the DART Team did and the generous aid that the Canadian government provided to the Philippines, not to mention the dollar-for-dollar match up, we can only speak from the bottom of our hearts to say over and over again: Thank you, Canada! Thank you, Prime Minister Harper! and Thank You, DART Team.

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City of Vaughan delegation visited their sister city, Baguio, for the “Penagbenga” festival.

December 24th, 2013 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on City of Vaughan delegation visited their sister city, Baguio, for the “Penagbenga” festival.)

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On February 18, 2013, delegation from the City of Vaughan participated in the “Penagbenga” festival otherwise known as Flower festival.  Panagbenga is the largest festival in the region. The festival is always celebrated in February for a month. The highlight of the festivities was February 23 & 24 where the delegation participated in the street and float parade attended by over a million people.

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The Canada Trade Mission headed by Oswald Tugadi, president, Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Toronto and coordinated by Cora dela Cruz, Executive Director, Canadian-Philippine Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines were also in Baguio to explore economic opportunities between Canada and the Philippines. They also participated in the Street Parade.

The delegation from Vaughan also participated in the planting of Sister City trees, Sister City forum and the Business forum.

Overall, the Vaughan delegation and the Canada Trade Mission had a wonderful time.

We need your support!

November 28th, 2013 | Posted by fcav in News Updates - (Comments Off on We need your support!)

Dear Kababayan,

We need your support!

The City of Vaughan has granted us a 20 year lease of this building with a condition to raise 200,000 within a two-year period to renovate this building.

Many do not think that the Filipino Canadian community is able to afford maintaining a community center. That we lack political strength and are disunited.

Until now, there has been no reason, cause or goal that the Filipino Canadians in Vaughan could rally to support.

Now, we are asking for your help to build and establish the Filipino Canadian Cultural Centre of Vaughan – a lasting legacy that will benefit our children and generations to come.

A cultural centre that will help nurture and educate future generations our our cultural traditions, our traits and the values that distinguish us and make us strong as a people.
A centre that would help establish a meeting place where we can gather together for family and social events.
A centre that would provide help, assistance and services for newcomers, the unemployed, the seniors and the youth.
A centre that would enable Filipino-Canadian community to cooperate and work with other community groups, government agencies and business institutions to improve our lives and contribute to the betterment of this city, this province and this great country.

Together with God’s help and our bayanihan attitude, WE CAN!
To donate online go to

Thank you!

Erlinda Insigne
Tel. No.: (905) 881-4600