Throughout the month of June, Councillor Pagtakhan attended numerous graduation ceremonies in the Point Douglas Ward to present the Point Douglas Community Service and Citizenship Awards. This included elementary, middle and high schools.
These awards are given to students who are not only active in their school, but within the larger community of Point Douglas. This includes being active in school activities, volunteer programs in various organizations, sports, cultural organizations and being active within a church.
Along with these school graduations, Councillor Pagtakhan was was invited to be the guest speaker at the 46th Canadian Institute of Management Graduation Ceremony held last June 23, 2012 at the University of Manitoba. Councillor Pagtakhan spoke to 50 graduates about constant change saying that, “in one’s own life, you will have to adapt to a continuous changing economy. You may end up having more than one job, and more than one career over the course of your life. You will have to keep gaining new skills, possibly even new degrees, diplomas, or take various courses in continuing education and you will have to keep on taking risks as new opportunities arise.”
Councillor Pagtakhan has also maintained a commitment to family and was recently bestowed the “Father of the Year Award” by the Filipinos Seniors Group of Winnipeg (FSGW) last June 30, 2012 for being a role model and citizen of the community.
Along with these recent activities, Councillor Pagtakhan continues to be a dedicated member of the following organizations: Lord Selkirk West Kildonan Community Committee; Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development; Citizen’s Equity Committee-Chairperson; Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation-Board Member; Deputy Speaker; Youth Ambassador; Fred Douglas Foundation-Chair; Exchange District Biz-Board member and Philippine Canadian Center of Manitoba-Board Member.
Councillor Pagtakhan and his office wish to extend a fun and safe summer. Mabuhay!