On May 11th, the Filipino Canadian Medical Association held its 34th fundraising gala for their 2020 medical mission. With Renaissance by the Creek setting the stage for a beautiful evening, over 100 guests arrived to dine, dance, and learn more about FCMA’s humanitarian work. 

Highlights of the 2018 medical and dental mission, which served the communities of Alitagtag, Batangas and Tacloban City, were featured during the gala. Testimonies given by members of the mission trip, as well as pictures of the community members that were served emphasized how meaningful the work was, and how more work remains to be done. With the generosity of many patrons, FCMA was able to successfully raise funds to support the 2020 medical mission. 

In addition to FCMA’s focus on humanitarian work, another key topic was brought to attention that evening. A presentation completed by University of Toronto medical students, and their supervising faculty member, Dr. Ivy Oandasan, highlighted the need for greater representation of Filipinos in the medical field. With tangible measures in place to allow for greater accessibility and diversity in medical education, the future remains hopeful for the next generation of Filipino-Canadian physicians.

An already special night was made even more so with the presence of Toronto’s chief medical officer, Dr. Eileen De Villa, who initiated a call to action for the physicians present to assist in the efforts to increase the Filipino-Canadian medical community. Other distinguished guests included Senator Dr. Asha Seth and previous mayor of Brampton Susan Fennell.