The officers and members of the Original Filipino Senior Association of Manitoba (OFSAM) were all prepared and excited to celebrate its 35h foundation. Florencio Tony Antonio, OFSAM president, writes in his message:”Thirty five years ago, our founders ensured that we have a strong foundation to build on. Previous boards through the years have made significant contributions in building our association. We have reached our 35th year intact and solid. We look forward to our 40th year in 2017 with confidence and with the blessings of Our Lord.”
And Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the seniors in his message: “This special celebration provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon the many and varied contributions made by the Filipino Canadians over the course of their history in Canada. Since its inception, your organization has worked to meet the needs of its members while promoting a greater understanding of the unique character and traditions of your community.”
The program during the celebration focused on the well being of the senior citizens. Some dance exhibitions were held and followed by public dance.
The executive officers for 2012-2014 include Florencio “Tony” Antonio, president; Andres “Jing” Asperin, vice-prez; Estelita “Letty” Antonio, secretary; Juanita Limon, asst. secretary; Lorenza Fernandez, treasurer; Marcelina Cuaresma, asst. treasurer; Estrella Gabriel, auditor; Felixberta “Auring” Cleofas, pro; Benigno Flores and Red Alfonso, peace officers; Arlene Simon, adviser; board of directors are Emilio Briol, Emma Ibanez, Norma Intac, Angelita Maduro, Mila Briol, Emilia Pagaduan, Rosie Ringrose, Flordeliza Rembon, and Vicky de Jesus.