By Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN NEWS
EDMONTON, CANADA — Vicky Venancio entered Canada in 2011 as a foreign worker, seeking a better future for her family.
But in 2011 she was struck by a vehicle that rendered her paraplegic.
Unable to work, she lost her temporary resident status and was left with no health care.
The Canadian government ordered her deportation to the Philippines in 2015, but Venancio did not give up and appealed her case — with the support of various community groups.
And it paid off — she recently obtained permanent resident status on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
“Sobrang saya po hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala.”
Venancio now lives by herself in an apartment in Edmonton. She moves around with the use of a wheelchair and crutches.
The Filipino community here is happy for her.
“That’s a big achievement of a Filipino who has experienced a very catastrophic event here in Canada,” said Jun Angeles, president of the council of Edmonton Filipino Associations. “We should be glad to the people who heeped her starting from the local politicians and the community that supports her.”
Venancio is now giving back to the community that was there for her during tough times. She volunteers at various hospitals in Edmonton.
She likes to inspire other by sharing her story of survival. And now, she’s dreaming big for herself.
“Ngayon po nag start na po akong mag apply ng work, nag enroll na po ako sa school if I can go back to school to learn something new that I can do with my situation right now.”
Venancio is grateful to all the people who supported her along the way.
“Sa dami ng taong nagmamahal sa akin, sa dami ng taong tumutulong sa akin I don’t have a reason to give up. The only choice I have is to get better.”