FCT Update: 2005 Outstanding Student Awards

Community News & Features Mar 16, 2005 at 10:23 am

By Aida E. D’Orazio

Application forms for the FCT’s 2005 Outstanding Student Awards are now available at the Centre on 597 Parliament Street, or visit the FCT Website at www.filipinocentre.com to download and print out more information and the application forms.

The competition is open to all Filipino-Canadian students of Filipino heritage (one or both parents or grandparents should be Filipino) and residing in Ontario.
The student should be currently registered in the elementary or secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area, under one of the following categories:

• The elementary school applicant should be completing or have completed the last year of elementary school and be going into high school;

• The high school applicant should be accepted and going into univer sity;

• The high school applicant should be accepted and going into community college;

• The high school applicant should be accepted and going into apprenticeship program.

The student should have a minimum academic average of 85% (or equivalent) during the last two (2) school years, and be involved in extra-curricular and community activities.

The applicant must submit the following documents:

• For the elementary school applicant – Original copies of final report cards for the last two year;

• For the high school applicant – A current and original transcript bearing the school’s official seal;

• Two (2) original letters of character reference (one from the school, excluding immediate family);

• Two (2) passport-size photos;

• Completed application form.

Evaluation will be based on scholastic achievement (50%), community involvement and extra-curricular activities (25%) and interview (25%).

All applicants, who have been screened and approved by the Student Awards Committee, will be recognized and honoured. Cash awards and trophies will be presented to the winners of each category.
Deadline for the submission of application forms and other documents is July 15, 2005.

Free Literacy Program and Tagalog Language Program

Victor Agaton, an active leader in the FCT Literacy Program, chaired by Mary Ann San Juan, has provided us the following information.

The Filipino Centre, Toronto will be re-opening the Homework Club program this March. The free tutoring program is for children in the community, Grades 1 to 8, who need assistance with their reading and writing.

Created in partnership with Frontier College, a national volunteer-based organization that promotes literacy, the program offers one-on-one tutorial sessions taught by trained literacy tutors. It was originally launched as a pilot project in the fall of 2003 and is now a permanent program at the Centre.
The tutorials will take place at the Ottawa Hall of the FCT on Saturday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Also, later this month, the FCT will be launching a Tagalog Language Program for those interested to learn our national language. Classes will be held at the Ottawa Hall on Sunday afternoons.

To enroll your child in the Homework Club Program or the Tagalog Language Program and for further information, please phone the FCT at 416-928-9355 or send an e-mail message to homeworkclub@cogeco.ca

Jobs Available

FCT Director Laura Tiamson, who is also a manager at Red Lobster on 3200 Dufferin St. at Lawrence, has announced that several positions are available at the restaurant. There are 16 openings for ‘Front of House’ as hostesses, servers and bartenders and 8 for ‘Heart of House’ as kitchen helpers. Call up 416-785-7930 to apply.

Birthday Party – western style

It will be jeans-and-boots attire for those who will attend the joint-birthday party of FCT Board Chairman Dr. Vicky Santiago and Financial Officer/Leasing Committee Chair Linda Taiabjee at the Centre, on April 2 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of gifts, guests are requested to give a donation to the Centre.
The next day, April 3, is the inauguration of the giant screen at the Rizal Hall. Two free Tagalog movies will be shown. Earlier in the afternoon, a presentation on Estate Planning will be offered.