Thomasians, ladies and gentlemen,Good Evening.
It is a great honor
for me to be here tonight to celebrate this wonderful occasion with you
all. Being a Thomasian is a great privilege. It has provided me
with the necessary tools,resources and values that I needed to pursue my
aspirations in life. And what are these aspirations? To
someday have a better life with my own family,a successful and
fulfilling career that I could be proud of,to own my business that would
secure me financially,to help my extended family back home and to
provide them with a better life and to make a difference in the lives of
the people that I affect.
These were my
dreams back then. Dreams that are very typical in every individual
who aspire to leave their homeland to work in a foreign land.
After graduation from College,the first thing I asked myself was,Where
do I go from here?At that time, I knew that in order to realize my
ambitions in life I have to utilize all the values that I have acquired
and developed over the years of studying at U.S.T. And what are
these values?The value of hardwork,discipline,patience,perseverance,love
of family,love of work,self confidence,and most importantly faith in God
graduation,while most of my classmates pursued a medical career,I
started looking for work. My first job was at San Juan de Dios Hospital
where I started as a Staff physical therapist for about a year. At the
end of the year ,I was promoted to a Chief Physical Therapist position
in charge of the entire rehab.dept. At the same time,I was also
working as a part time Instructor at Perpetual Help College of Physical
Therapy in Binan,Laguna. I worked for two years in the Phil. before I
decided to go to the States for a better job opportunity. I left
for the States in Aug.1986. My first job in the States was that of
a Director of a Physical Therapy dept. of a small hospital in
Marlin,Texas. Marlin is a small town located close to central
Texas with a population of 7,000 mostly caucasians and blacks. I
worked there for about a year before I decided to become a traveling
physical therapist which enabled me to travel extensively throughout
United States which I did for 4 years. And it was where I met J.R.
Navarro, another traveling physical therapist who became my loving and
supportive husband and business partner for 15 years with whom I 've
been blessed to have two healthy and intelligent children ages 10 and 3.
One of my goals in
life is to someday be reunited with my family back home in the Phil. and
to be able to give them a chance to experience the kind of life that I
have experienced here in the States. And this was the motivation
behind our migration to Canada. Sponsoring family relatives is
much faster and easier in Canada than in the States. In the
States, visa processing could take up to 10 years. It was a tough
decision, and a very risky one at that, but it's all worth it.
My husband and I
moved to Vancouver,B.C. Canada in 1991 to fulfill another aspect of my
dream. At that time, we had high hopes and great expectations.
Our first few months in Vancouver was very tough. We've
experienced what most new Immigrants go through and that was difficulty
looking for a job. Our work experience in the States as well as a
Canadian and a U.S. P.T. license to go with it did not secure us the
kind of job we were hoping for right away. It took hard work,
patience,a nd determination but most importantly, faith in God that got
us through the hard times.
After 4 years of
working as an Associate Physical Therapist in a Private Physical Therapy
Clinic,we decided to open our own Private Physical Therapy Clinic in
Vancouver in 1995 and after three years of successful operation we
expanded our practice to Surrey and opened another branch in 1998.
Owning my business has enabled me to sponsor my mother and three of my
siblings from the Phil. and they all now have better and fulfilling
lives in Canada together with their own families.
challenge that I face in my career as a Physical Therapist is making a
difference in the lives of every patient that I treat. Dealing
with the physically challenged on a daily basis is not an easy task.
My achievement as well as my fulfillment comes from being able to add
quality life to their years be it as simple as bringing back smile to
their faces after years of agony from physical pain, or making them walk
again on their own after being wheelchair bound for years or enabling
them to return back to work after recovering from a serious car accident
or as complex as restoring back function to a severely brain damaged
have no regrets with the decisions that I have made in my life.
Success is just an individual perception of an achievement that is based
on the values that one treasures most in life. Every person is
capable of achieving success in their own way. For every endeavour
there should always be a vision. For where there is no
vision,there can be no achievement. I have always believed that in
this life,we can do anything that we put ourselves into, provided that
we stick to it long enough.
If we go deep into
ourselves, we will find that each and every one of us possess exactly
what it is that we desire. We just have to believe in ourselves and
accept ourselves for who we are. In this life,we either follow paths or
make trails. Never lose sight of your goals as well as your dreams in
life for it helps if you know what you're aiming for. And I thank our
Almighty God that all these years He has blessed all my efforts and that
is why i am where I am now. My education was the greatest heritage that
my mother and my late father have given me. I am very grateful for the
education that I have acquired through my Alma mater for it has provided
me with the means of achieving everything that I could possibly hope for
Indeed I am very
proud to be a Thomasian. I thank you all for this opportunity tonight
and God bless us all.