Rechie Valdez makes history as 1st Filipina Member of Parliament in Canada

Rechie Valdez Canada 1st Filipina Member of Parliament
Rechie Valdez has been elected as the next member of Parliament for the riding of Mississauga-Streetsville. Photo from Rechie Valdez FB.

Rechie Valdez has made history as the first Filipina-Canadian to be elected as a Member of Parliament in Canada.

Valdez won the Ontario riding of Mississauga-Streetsville with 48 percent of the votes in the September 20 federal election.

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The newly elected Valdez thanked her supporters in her victory speech posted by Omni News: Filipino Edition online.

“This is a ‘we’ moment. We did this together…Today we made history and her-story, as you helped elect the first Filipina in parliament,” Liberal candidate Rechie Valdez said.

Valdez is the second Canadian of Filipino descent to sit in the House of Commons in nearly two decades, the first being Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, who represented Winnipeg North in Manitoba until his term ended in 2004.

Born in Zambia, Africa, Rechie Valdez grew up in Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. She was a corporate banker for fifteen years with cross-enterprise expertise in change management, project management, and strategy.

Valdez is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Creative Head of multiple brands that span the print, marketing, apparel, food, and sports industry.

The Filipina-Canadian entrepreneur is also the owner of Chietopia Bakery, where she became a published baker specializing in cakes and dessert tables and co-founded an innovative Filipino Fusion line of pastries that are stocked in two national Asian grocery chains in Mississauga.

Another Filipino Canadian, Yvonne Clarke, was earlier elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Porter Creek Centre, making her the first person of Filipino descent to be elected in Yukon, Canada.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Rechie Valdez for making history as the first Filipina-Canadian to be elected as a Member of Parliament in Canada.

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