Open letter from Lilia Ordinario Joaquin

Community Opinion & Analysis Aug 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm
LILIA JOAQUIN   (Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Keung /  Toronto Star

(Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Keung /
Toronto Star


July 30, 2014

I’m Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, a caregiver under the Live-In Caregiver Program. I came to Canada in 2007 in hope of providing a better future for my family in the Philippines. I am the sole breadwinner for my family since my husband has no permanent job. It’s been a long struggle for me to be away from my family but I endured the hardships in hope of becoming a Permanent Resident someday.

Since I came to Canada, I worked hard in taking care of my employer’s four children and did my best to become a productive member of the community. I became a volunteer at Jesus Is Lord Church Canada East and iCare Foundation International – a non-profit organization.

I’m also a volunteer at Christie Community for cleanliness, assisting in feeding the homeless, retirement home visitation, senior ministering and participating in various fund raising programs.

I regret the mistakes I did in the past and I am thankful that the Government of Canada had this Live-In Caregiver Program which serves as a pathway for family reunification.

I love Canada because of its diversity and multiculturalism. I consider myself blessed to be part of the Canadian Community in general.

I am hoping that my petition to stay in Canada would be granted under the humanitarian and compassionate ground. I have a good intention in staying here in Canada which is to serve my family, community and Canada as a whole.

I thank the Lord God for giving me strength and courage thru His Word. I also want to thank my good lawyer who put a lot of effort in my case and who supports me along the way.

To the community where I belong especially the JIL Church and iCare Foundation International, who continuously pray for the success of my case.

To all the community leaders, all those who signed the online petition and also the people from Toronto Star who first published my story.
And to everyone for their help and support in regards to my petition to stay here in Canada.

I am gaining my strength because of the love, understanding and support that I received from all of you.

Thank you for giving me hope at the very moment that I needed.

I don’t know how I would be able to give back the favor that I’ve received but I pray that the Lord would bless everybody who blessed me during the times of need.

I speak not only of blessings to you but to your family as well.

Lilia Ordinario Joaquin

(To sign the petition, go to and search for Lilia Joaquin)