As President of the FPCBP, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and existing Members. You are part of a wonderful group of businesses and professionals in government, private industry, community agencies and academic institutions in a variety of specialties across the province. Together, we have the power to be the recognized voice of the Portuguese Canadian business and professionals throughout Ontario and Canada.
There are many diverse opportunities available to be engaged and involved in the FPCBP. The 2016-2017 year has been a very busy and productive year for the Federation. Below are some of the highlights:
A new committee structure was introduced in June. This restructuring took place in order to allow our board members to each focus on the specific committees and in turn better serve our membership. This structure was also introduced to allow for the participation of members on different committees.
In June we also participated in the Portugal Day Parade together with many of the scholarship recipients.
The fall has been extremely busy for the Federation. September 30th
marked our first Past President’s Dinner. The dinner provided an opportunity for the Federation to learn from the wisdom and experience of the past presidents. The evening was very well attended and extremely productive.
On October 7th, the Federation had the pleasure of attending a private reception at the Portuguese Consulate with the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque. This was a delightful evening discussing the economic property in the beautiful Madeira islands.
The board has been very active and involved in the community by attending various functions and collaborating with other Portuguese Canadian Organizations. We are pleased to announce that we have our first ever non-profit organization member, First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Earlier this month we welcomed our first Executive Director to the Federation, Matthew Correia. The entire board would like to extend a very warm welcome to Matthew and we encourage you to reach out to Matthew, the board and I with any suggestions and/or concerns.
We encourage you to be engaged. Like our Facebook page. Follow us on LinkedIn,Instagram and Twitter. Attend and support our upcoming events. Come out and network with other Portuguese Canadian Business Owners and Professionals. Our next event is going to be on December 6th
when we will be celebrating our 35th
Anniversary Christmas and Holiday Party at Macedo Winery. Hope you can join us.
Be involved. We welcome members to participate in our committees. We encourage businesses and members to sponsor events and scholarships. These are great opportunities to network. We are happy to send you more information about volunteering on specific committees and/or sponsoring events and scholarships.
The Board of Directors, our Executive Director and I all welcome your feedback and participation in upcoming events.
Michelle F. Jorge