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Rechie Valdez September 26 Speech – Victory Celebration at Kalayaan Centre


Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

Ako po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat for inviting me here today and greeting
me with open arms.

Isa pong karangalan to be granted the role of first Filipina Elected to the house of Commons in

First and foremost, I’d like to praise the Lord our God. With God all things are possible.
I was born and raised in Zambia, Africa and immigrated here in 1989 with my family. I watched
my mom and dad (Norma and Zosimo Salazar) work incredibly hard early on. I watched them
sacrifice so much so that my brother and I can have a better life. My mom went back to school
while working, so that she can be a Registered Nurse. My parents made sure that there was
always homemade Filipino food on the table whenever we came home from school. My in-laws
Lerma and Chris Valdez settled in Mississauga in the late 70s, and assisted in immigrating both
sides of their family here. They too have sacrificed so that their families can have a better life.
Thank you moms & dads for teaching me all I know, and for being an example for me to follow.
Their stories as well as my story is an immigration story. Each one of us have similar stories like
this that remind us of who we are, where we have come from, and each one of us should be
proud of that.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many other Filipinos throughout my journey and have heard
many different stories. Entering this role, I can tell you that our greatest opportunity that we have
as a community is to work together more collaboratively. Each one of us is different and unique,
and I for one want to celebrate that. What matters is learning how we can work better together,
to put our differences aside, and focus on the betterment of our future and our children’s future.
I’ve seen the love and passion of this community, I’ve heard about your hopes and dreams,
together – I believe that we will, and can make a difference.

Thank you all for being here today, and thank you for your support during my campaign. We all
know how big of a moment this is for our community and what this election means to us. I want
you all to understand that this is not just about me, or about us here, it’s about what this means
for our Filipino community as a whole and THE VOICE that we now have in Parliament.

Rechie Valdez September 26 Speech – Victory Celebration at Kalayaan Centre

Having this moment cannot go unrecognized, without understanding the role that the Liberal
party has played to make this moment possible. Dr. Rey Pagtakhan ran in 1988 also under the
Liberal banner, which was made possible because the Liberal party recognized that Filipinos
deserve a strong voice in Parliament. Likewise, in this year’s election the Liberal party allowed 3
others: Elizabeth Quinto, Paul Ong, and Virginia Bremner, to run as candidates to represent
their local communities as well. This should show that Filipinos as a whole have a home within
the Liberal party.

I want to acknowledge all the MPs who have supported the Filipino community and who have
also been there for me: Marco Mendocino (MP Elect for Eglinton-Lawrence), Yarra Saks,
Ahmed Hussein, Salma Zahid, Omar Alghabra, Han Dong, Gary Anandasangaree, Shaun
Chen, and Rob Oliphant.

I’m excited to be your representative, to be your voice, and I look forward to your continued
support as I embark on this new journey. Please remember, my success will always be our
community’s success.

Thank you to the organizers of this amazing event: Tita Agnes Miranda, Tita Amanda Ada, Tita
Aurora Elefano, Danny Orbillo, Tita Jean Pardo, Karen Pascual-Binaday, and Louroz Mercader.
Special thanks to Raymond Santos, the official photographer of the evening.


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