By: Tony San Juan, OCT-Retired
Released: February 08, 2022
On December 16, 2021, the Filipino Centre Toronto( FCT), a non-profit, community-based, and volunteer-run Filipino- Canadian organization in the Greater Toronto Area( GTA), officially released its "Annual Report for 2020-2021".
The FCT Annual Report covered 5 major segments including among other things 1) FCT mission, vision, & values, 2) virtual meetings held, 3) awards & recognition, 4) achievements, 5) community appreciation events, and 6) financials.
Under the Report on Virtual Meetings, the FCT sponsored and hosted the following sessions 1) SIU-Special Investigation Unit Information on its services, 2) "Filipino Heritage Month" celebration on June 19, 2021, with MPs Gary Anandasangaree, Salma Zahid, and Shaun Chen, and 3) "One World Together With Love"( Stop Asian Hate).
Among the Awards and Recognition received by the FCT, are 6 plaques and certificates of appreciation from the Philippine Consulate Office & Sentro Rizal, Filipino Canadian Dental Hygienists' Society, Philippine Overseas Labour Office, MP for Scarborough North Shaun Chen, MPP for Scarborough North Raymond Cho, and Toronto Councillor Cynthia Lai.
The Scarborough-sited community centre cited three special-purpose collaborative ventures engaging seniors, youth, and community members such as 1) the Food Collection drive with Agincourt Community Service Association(ACSA); Free Dental Clinic with Filipino Canadian Dental Hygienists' Society(FCDHS); 3) Meet-and-Greet with the first Filipino woman Member of Parliament Rechie Valdez. The theme-related social events also include an Appreciation Afternoon for its community volunteers; Annual Christmas Party for staff, volunteers, and directors; and the multi-group Sanib-Saya Paskuhan for invited seniors, youth and their families, all observing pandemic health and safety protocols at all times.
For its financials as at December 31, 2018, the Filipino Centre Toronto reported that its Current Assets in 2016, 2017, & 2018 are $19,819, $3,822,757, and $1,450,740, respectively. The Centre also indicated that its Total Liabilities and Net Assets include the following dollar figures $927,803(2017), $3,822,757(2017), and $ 3,450,335( 2018).