Ateneo Alumni Association Canada
In October 1994, the late Fr. Raul Bonoan, S.J., then President of the Ateneo de Naga, visited Toronto with his plans of raising funds for scholarships directed at less privileged but deserving high school graduates. Inspired by this visit, a group of Ateneans agreed to form a base for scholarship fundraising. The association was officially incorporated in March 1996.
The AAAC is a hodgepodge of personalities; all of them, however, imbued with the Ignatian spirit of service for others, and like-minded in their focus on providing the vaunted Jesuit education for the deserving.
The AAAC year is pretty much a year-round fund-raising effort. There is the Spring Dance for Fr. Reuter’s Hospital for the Poor, the Golf Tournament in June, the October Dinner/Dance, the Family Christmas party, with a few fun casino days and nights in between. All this because we believe in the work we do. We not only have our scholars, we also have Fr. Reuter’s Hospital for the Poor.
HOSPITAL FOR THE POOR
The Hospital for the Poor is a 100-bed charity wing with its own operating theatre, emergency rooms and service building in a hospital complex recently built along Manila Bay. This was built through the auspices of Fr. James Reuter, S.J.’s Our Lady of Peace Mission.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Established in 2000, the Fr. Raul Bonoan Memorial Golf tournament is held in June each year at the Seaton Golf & Country Club in Pickering, Ontario. A number of businesses, firms and individuals support this event through hole sponsorship, gift/prize donations, promotions and advertising. Proceeds from the tournaments have bolstered the scholarship funds of the AAAC, allowing the association to provide for more scholarships at various Ateneo schools.
Today, the AAAC, encouraged by its successes in its scholarship campaigns, continues to adhere to its mandate of providing funding for less privileged but deserving students at various Ateneo schools, while at the same time, refining this objective and seeking new funding avenues and adding on other objectives relevant to itself and to the times. Currently, the foundation of an annual pledge program is being built.
Along with these initiatives, the AAAC has used its programs also as a corollary vehicle for Filipino-Canadians to enjoy good fellowship among the local Filipino community and enable them to participate in its gallant undertaking of helping the less fortunate, or as it calls its fundraising activities: social gatherings with social relevance. Its supporters in the local Filipino-Canadian community are many, dedicated and enthusiastic as the members are, and loyal.
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