Pinoys on Parliament: Filipino-Canadians convene for first youth leadership conference

OTTAWA, CANADA — These are young Filipino-Canadians who are looking to get a head start on a successful career.

This is “Pinoys on Parliament” — a two-day conference put on by the Filipino Students Association at the University of Ottawa.

In using the TFCU Talks model, a panel of executives and social media influencers were able to share their stories and advice with attendees.

For many of these young people it was the first time they got to see successful individuals in unique fields who look like them — like Amelita Armit, the first Filipino to achieve the rank of assistant deputy minister, and break out YouTube star Elle Mills.

Organizers say their first event was a success and hope that they can take this momentum into next year’s planning.

Other than workshops and panels — the conference also provided a tour of parliament hill.

“We have a mentorship program that’s coming out of this program and that’s what we leave with tomorrow. I think the opportunities are limitless. We just want to see even more young Filipinos leading and we want to see more people coming in the coming years and really the impact decimating across the communities.” 

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