Jul 17, 2024

Photo by Immigrant Services Calgary.

The Calgary Herald has unveiled its annual list of individuals who are making a difference in the city.

 The paper’s 20 Compelling Calgarians of 2023 includes two Filipino women: Lourdes Juan and Roxanne Singlot.

 “Each year, the Herald honours 20 Calgarians making their mark in our community and beyond who are worth keeping an eye on in the year ahead,” the Calgary Herald reported on January 6, 2023. 

 “Their achievements are significant but are at times outside the public spotlight,” the paper stated.

 A summary about Lourdes Juan reads:

 “Lourdes Juan’s accomplishments — entrepreneur, urban planner, tech startup founder, food security activist — are closely tied to the strengths of her tight-knit Filipino-Canadian family. Juan (University of Calgary master’s of environmental design) founded her own planning firm, Hive Developments; launched Soma Spa; is founder of Leftovers Foundation — one of Canada’s largest, tech-enabled food rescue charities — and of social enterprise Fresh Routes Inc., a mobile grocery store providing healthy and affordable food.”

 For Roxanne Singlot:

 “The challenges of moving to a new country are numerous and, as someone who did just that at the age of 19, Roxanne Singlot knows them well. Singlot arrived in Calgary 10 years ago from the Philippines, and her experiences have helped shape her as well as guide ways to help others. Singlot has become an important voice for young people and basically any immigrant coming to the city. She is a volunteer board director with the Youth Empowerment Program, under the Philippine Festival Council of Alberta.”

 Canadian Filipino Net extends its warm congratulations to Juan and Singlot. 

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