by: Gemma Dalayoan
Gemma Dalayoan, a retired vice-principal of the Winnipeg School and the current president of the Mantioba Association of Filipino-Canadian Teachers Inc.( MAFTI) has been appointed as one of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) on June 7,2010 by the Minister of Health Theresa Oswald.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is the governing body for healthcare regulation in an area of the Canadian province of Manitoba.. The WRHA is composed of health care providers and management professionals who coordinate, manage, deliver, allocate funds to and evaluate health care and health promotion in Winnipeg. The WRHA reports through a Board of Directors directly to the Minister of Health.
Gemma finished her Bachelor of Science in Education ( BSE) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the Philippines; her Bachelor in Elementary Education ( B.Ed) and Master’s Degree in English as an Additional Language at the University of Manitoba. She had been also a Faculty Supervisor at the University of Winnipeg from 2004-2007.
In 2002 Gemma represented the Inskter and Seven Oaks Area to the WRHA Advisory Council. Gemma has written two books entitled . “The First Filipino Immigrants in Manitoba ( 1959-1975) and “Understanding Filipino Seniors in Manitoba: their Immigration, Settlement, and Adaptation Process. Gemma is married to Antonio Dalayoan. They have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.