Marichu Antonio

Marichu is the Executive Director of the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC), a community-based organization with a membership of 43 ethno-cultural organizations.  She is a founding member of ECCC and served as Board Treasurer from 2003 to 2007.  Prior to her job at ECCC, she was the Community Development Manager at the Centre for Newcomers for 12 years.

Marichu is a very active volunteer and community member.  She currently serves on the board of Momentum, is a member of the Working Group for Federal Refugee Health Policy and Framework, is a member of the FCSS Agency Advisory Group, and is an Executive Committee and Council Member of the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary.

Her past board involvement includes: Founding Vice-President of Babae: Council of Filipina-Canadian Women; Vice-President, Secretary, and Member of the Philippine Calgarian Association; Advisory Committee Member of the Neighborhood Grants Program of The Calgary Foundation; Board member of the Women’s Centre in Calgary; Secretary for External Affairs, Calgary Federation of Filipino Associations; and President of the Parent Council at Bishop Kidd Junior High.

Marichu has been recognized for her contributions through several awards.  She was a recipient of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, made Avenue Magazine’s A-List of Volunteers in 2009 for her work with immigrant communities, received an Award on behalf of the Collective Kitchens Catering (Now EthniCity Catering) given by Soroptomist International in Calgary in “Advancing the Status of Women”, and was a finalist in the Community Service Category of the Immigrants of Distinction Award for 2005 and 2001.

Marichu is an alumna of the Max Bell Public Policy Training Institute, 2010-2011, and the Pilot Class of Leadership Calgary in 2000.

Marichu was born in the Philippines and came to Canada with family in 1996 to reunite with a growing clan of 50 family members all based in Calgary. She is now a Canadian citizen

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