Three Filipino-Canadians won as school trustees of the Winnipeg School Division in yesterday’s municipal and school board elections.

After months of door-knocking, putting up campaign signs and handing out flyers, three prominent figures in Winnipeg’s Filipino community — Dante Aviso‘Tita’ Perla Javate, and Ann Evangelista — emerged victorious in Wards 5, 6 and 9, respectively.

In unofficial results posted on the City of Winnipeg website, Aviso garnered 1,096 votes or 21.83% for Ward 5, amid a crowded field with eight other aspirants.

In Ward 6, Tita Perla received 1,925 votes or 51.50%. Co-chair of the Ethnocultural Council of Manitoba – Stronger Together and president of the Philippine Heritage Council of Manitoba, Inc., Javate pledged to have “inclusive, safe learning environments for all children, regardless of their background or abilities.” She also promised to work for programming, services, and community partnerships.

It was a notable victory for Evangelista who won over incumbent Linda Schatkowsky with a massive 3,559 votes or 58.78% of the total votes cast in Ward 9.

The Winnipeg School Division is Manitoba’s largest and oldest school division with more than 29,000 students from Nursery to Grade 12.

~ condensed from the article in Barangay Canada (