By Skills4Good Media Team
May 23, 2019
B3 Canada is proud that Josephine Yam, our CEO, is featured by the Canadian Government during the country’s Asian Heritage Month celebrations this May. She was selected as one of the prominent members of the Asian-Canadian community to share the advice they would give their younger selves.
Josephine, who is of Philippine descent, immigrated to Toronto, Canada more than fifteen years ago. Being female, a visible minority and immigrant, Josephine is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and belonging.
“I’m so honoured to participate in the Federal Government’s Asian Heritage Month celebrations”, said Josephine. “As a female, visible minority and immigrant from the Philippines, I love how our country embraces all forms of diversity as we build a stronger and more prosperous Canada. It’s also a strong validation of B3’s meaningful work in corporate-nonprofit collaboration to build a diverse and inclusive Canada”.
In 2002, the Canadian Government declared the month of May as Asian Heritage Month. In its Declaration, it stated:
“Diversity represents one of Canada’s greatest strengths, and we strive to ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to reach their full potential and participate in Canada’s civic life. Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.
The people of this diverse, vibrant and growing community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada — from the arts and science to sport, business, and government. Asian Heritage Month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history of Asian Canadians and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.”
Here's to celebrating diversity & inclusion in Canada!