The CRRF joins with all Canadians to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act and to note with pride the progress that all Canadians have made in building a country that is rightly ranked as one of the best in the world.
We encourage Canadians to take time during the month of June to review the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and to choose, from the list of 94, one item that they can work towards over the next twelve months
The increase in the number of hate crimes recorded by Statistics Canada and the rise of intolerant speech in both the public square and the online environment challenges us to build bridges to our fellow Canadians rather than walls to separate us
Lea Barbosa-Leclerc was born in the Philippines. At the early age of 16, she immigrated to Yellowknife, NT, Canada with her father and joined her oldest sister. Upon arrival to Yellowknife, she attended St. Patrick High School. She graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1999. She is a nurse educator in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Aurora College. She is registered with Canadian Nurses Association’s (CNA) Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Care Centre as a mentor for internationally educated nurses choosing to relocate to Canada. She is a wife, a mother of 2, a sister to 11 siblings, an active volunteer in multiple ministries at a local Catholic Church and in the community.
When she’s not at work or volunteering in the community, Lea prefers to spend quiet time with her family or reading mystery books. Lea is currently the President of the Philippine Cultural Association of Yellowknife (PCAY). Despite her 5’1” stature, she has a strong voice, has a no non-sense attitude and receives a reputation for leading by example. Today, Lea’s strong personal purpose and passion lies in helping newcomers make Canada, especially the North their new home. She’s determined to preserve the culture, history & memories of the Philippines within the four walls of Canada’s north. She’s been described as innovative, trusted, and possesses the determination necessary to get the job done.