Filipino com­mu­nity a wel­come ad­di­tion to Labrador West

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - -classified- - BY GARY SHAW

His­tory has proven time and again that there are few things that stay the same.

There is no bet­ter ex­am­ple of this than the ar­rival of peo­ple from the Philip­pines in Labrador West over the last num­ber of years.

They have ar­rived in Labrador West to help in fill­ing a need in the com­mu­nity work force. A much needed in­fu­sion of work­ers, who have as it has turned out, filled in many busi­ness lo­ca­tions through­out the com­mu­nity at a time when the busi­ness com­mu­nity needed the help to keep the wheels of com­merce in mo­tion.

The Filipino com­mu­nity in


West, num­ber­ing about

300 peo­ple, has a very vi­brant pres­ence lo­cally.

Sin­gle peo­ple and fam­i­lies are all work­ing to­wards the same com­mon goal of suc­cess in their lives that each and ev­ery one of us want to achieve.

Their pres­ence is vis­i­ble daily through­out the com­mu­nity. On the job, in churches and schools and at recre­ational and sports venues, they are ac­tive and en­gaged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and in the big pic­ture. As we mea­sure the well­ness of our com­mu­nity, we are lucky to have them.

They have, through their cul­ture, shared many things with us. Their rock solid com­mit­ment to fam­ily and their em­ploy­ment is a gen­tle re­minder to us all of the im­por­tant things in our lives.

For any of us who have been lucky enough to share a Filipino “scoff”, the food and recipes that they have brought from their home­land is truly an ad­ven­ture in some, not only dif­fer­ent, but also re­ally great food. We can now find at our lo­cal gro­cery store some unique items that are spe­cific to many of the dishes cre­ated from their cul­ture to try our­selves.

What might get over­looked by many is the in­cred­i­ble ef­fort this com­mu­nity of peo­ple has made to have the op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess in life that we per­haps might take for granted.

The Philip­pines couldn’t be much fur­ther away from us than any­where else on the planet. They are 11 hours in the dif­fer­ence rel­a­tive to the time zones that sep­a­rates us. The weather alone adds a chal­lenge to their lives that is a big ad­just­ment. From sun and +30 to snow and -30 is cer­tainly an eye opener for folks who have never shov­eled any snow.

Gen Devela’s story

From the per­sonal side of this, we will share Gen Devela’s story.

She packed her bags and left her home, fam­ily, ev­ery­one she loves and ev­ery­thing she knows rel­a­tive to life­style, and said good­bye, for the op­por­tu­nity to build a bet­ter life. The jour­ney to Labrador West is a 21-hour flight through 11 time zones via Manila, Korea, Toronto and the milk run into Labrador West. A long and ex­pen­sive jour­ney for sure.

Devela ar­rived in Labrador West six years ago and has been work­ing full time ev­ery day since her feet hit the ground.


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