Past Events

Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre Community Involvement During this Pandemic

Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre (KCCC) together with the Second Harvest – Food Rescue has just concluded the distribution of frozen food items to the different families in the community in this trying times during a pandemic. It was a showcase of what Filipinos call the “Bayanihan” spirit where individuals come together to help one another by volunteering work for the good of those in need.

On October 23, 2020, 17,340 lbs. of frozen food items were delivered to the Centre by a 53-foot truck. Sorting and distribution needed to be done in the quickest manner so that the food will not thaw and go to waste. The board of directors, together with several volunteers, worked with limited resources to unload, allocate and call groups to pick up the food. The volunteers successfully accomplished the tasks so that at the end of the day, all the food items were distributed to the families who came to KCCC to pick up their share. The volunteers were also uplifted by the presence of Mayor Bonnie Crombie who came late afternoon to observe the distribution and thank the volunteers for their work.

To keep the KCCC members engaged during this challenging time, KCCC has also been conducting webinars since May 2020 on health and wellness and other relevant topics to the community.

Dr. Maselle Gaerlan Virey, a medical practitioner specializing in psychiatry discussed COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health and did a subsequent webinar on Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health. Pet lovers were engaged in a webinar led by veterinarian, Dr. Irene Neri-Arboleda on Pets and Coronavirus and a second webinar on knowing the diseases that can be transmitted by pets. On the technology side, Professor Ram Nolasco conducted a session on how to go LIVE using Facebook, ZOOM, Google Meet and YouTube for video chats and live streaming.

In collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General Toronto, an information session on consular services, SSS and Pag-ibig benefits was held with participants getting the opportunity to ask their questions and obtain responses directly from the Consul General and the representatives from SSS and Pag-ibig. A self-help webinar on harnessing each one’s inner sales potential was presented by Noel Laurella, marketer and relationship builder and we also had Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator of the Alzheimer Society Peel conduct a webinar on Taking Control of your Brain Health.

To find information on future webinars and the next Food Rescue distribution, please check http://www.kalayaancentre.ca.

ZOONOSIS: Know the Disease You can Get from Your Pets

October 4, 2020 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm • via ZOOM meeting • Limited slots available

Taking Control of Your Brain Health

October 1, 2020 • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm • via ZOOM meeting • Limited slots available

Selling Made Simple

August 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm via ZOOM. RSVP: Email your name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. Limited ZOOM slots available.

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

By Maselle Gaerian Virey, BSc, MD, DABPN, FRCPC, DABDA

Info Webinar for FILIPINO-CANADIANS

July 23, 2020; 2:30-3:30 PM via ZOOM MEETING; Limited slots available, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register

On How To: GO LIVE

By Professor Ram Nolasco, B Arch, MBA, LEED, GA

LIVE: Q and A with Dr. IRENE NERI-ARBOLEDA

If you have pets at home, mark your calendar for on upcoming webinar on June 8 with Dr. Arboleda on pets and Coronavirus

COVID-19: Effect on Mental Health

By: Maselle Gaerlan Virey, BSc, MD, DABPN, FRCPC, DABDA
May 30, 2020 | 3:00-4:30 pm