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Saint John Chapter

Written By: Andrea Simeon

SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK–The Filipinos in Saint John finally formed a formal association that could address the needs of its fellow Filipinos and promote camaraderie among ‘kababayans’ in the province. Thus the Filipino Association of New Brunswick (FANB) Inc – Saint John Chapter was formed.


After having a due process of election, FANB Inc Saint John Chapter leaders were named and sworn in by the Honourable Ivan Court, former  Saint John City mayor, and before the Filipino association members during the first general assembly held at the First United Pentecostal Church, 130 Mark Drive, Saint John, NB  last May 12, 2012.


The inducted leaders of the FANB Inc Saint John Chapter are: Ophelia Maestrado, Chairman; Jonathan Almocera, Vice Chairman; Sheree Ann Pablo, Secretary; Reycelyn Plata, Treasurer; Maritess Flores, Auditor; Rod Gutierrez, PRO; and Edward Sayson, Business Manager.


The elected Committee Chairs are: Russell Argosino, Reception and Membership Committee; Noly Sabolo, Cultural and Heritage Committee; Vangie Avecilla, Social and Entertainment Committee; Rodel Santos, Bayanihan and Sports Committee and Marjorie Gorospe, Newsletter and Publication Chair, Mrs. Lynn MacLean, Sussex District Representative.


The appointed FANB Inc SJ Chapter Board of Trustees are: Ms Linda dela Torre, Mrs Roxy Quijano Tan, Mr Emil Sanchez and Mr Elmer Simeon.


As the elected Chairman of the Filipino Association in Saint John, Maestrado said that the set of officers are open for suggestions, queries and participation of the Filipinos in Saint John. She hoped that the formation of the association will help bridge the distance among the “kababayans” who are separated geographically, especially those who are in Deer Island, Saint George and Saint Stephen. She also said that the FANB Inc SJ Chapter will help build a stronger and more visible Filipinos in the city just like any other Asian immigrants in Saint John.


The former mayor thanked the Filipino-Canadians for their contributions in Saint John, be it civic or manpower activities. Court also presented the elected officers the Three Sisters Lamp which symbolizes “leadership or direction as it gives light to the ships boarding in the Maritimes.” He said that just like the Three Sisters Lamp, may the officers direct the Filipinos in Saint John towards unification and in the coming generation .


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