The award for 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient for Community Service was presented to Gemma Dalayoan by City of Winnipeg Mayor, Brian Bowman. The award ceremonies were held at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Gemma Dalayoan graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Education (1983) and Masters of Education (1990). Since immigrating to Winnipeg more than 40 years ago, Gemma Dalayoan has made community service her mission in life. As a founding member and three-time president of the Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers Inc. (MAFTI), she played an instrumental part in the preservation, promotion and sharing of Filipino cultural heritage through a variety of programs and student scholarships. She also spent decades as a teacher and vice-principal whose guidance has helped shape students into future community leaders.
Gemma Dalayoan was among five recipients of the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards that evening. The awardees include Romel Dhalla, Lindy Norris, Marcia Nozick, and Dr. Hersh Shefrin.
The recipients of the 2019 University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards are graduates who are outstanding in their professional and personal lives. These honourees encompass a wide range of achievement, innovation and community service and inspire fellow alumni, current students and the community.
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