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Who are we


Migrante Alberta was founded in August 2013 in Edmonton. It is affiliated with Migrante Canada, a national alliance of 20 Filipino migrants organization from BC to the Maritimes.


Migrante is a non-profit advocacy and self help organization. In Alberta, we address the immediate issues facing migrants and our compatriots. We provide assistance through referrals, advocate and campaign on migrants’ issues. We work closely with labour unions and community based organizations.

Campaign and Advocacy

We bring public attention to the plight of migrants and precarious workers through different avenues with the aim of getting broad public support and pro-migrant public awareness that has a vision for change.


Network and Lobbying

We continue to build relationships and broad network of advocates to promote strong support for all migrant workers. Our allies include labour unions, grassroots migrant organizations, women organizations and workers organizations. We also conduct dialogue and seek audience with concerned government agencies (both in Canada and in the Philippines) to discuss migrant policies and legislations.


International Solidarity

Through our umbrella organization, we uphold harmonious cooperation among migrant association around the world. Migrante is an active member of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) as well as the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS).


The Learning Centre (Edmonton)
Alberta Workers Association for Research and Education (AWARE) (Edmonton)

Climate Justice Edmonton

Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton

Association of Mexicans in Calgary

Calgary Social Workers for Social Justice

Women for Rights and Empowerment

Anakbayan Alberta

Friends of Medicare

Migrante Executive Committee and staff

Connie Monana

Connie is a migrant caregiver in Edmonton. She was a midwife by profession in the Philippines before coming to Canada. She came to Canada in 2011 as a temporary foreign worker and a health care aide in an assisted living facility.

Nova Porquia
Vice Chairperson


Nova came to Canada as a live-in caregiver. She graduated in Mass Communications in Western Visayas State University. She was an active organizer for an environmental group back home. Nova is now a health worker in Red Deer and an active union member. She is currently a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

Jay Zapata
Secretary General


Jay is a founding member of Migrante Alberta and staunch migrants' advocate. He is based in Calgary. He is a public sector worker and have been active leader of Migrante in the City of Calgary.

Cynthia Palmaria


Cynthia came to Canada in 1987 after being separated from her parents that were migrant workers for 10 years. She was active in the women's movement before becoming the finance officer of Migrante Alberta. She is based in Edmonton and works at University of Alberta faculty of Medicine teaching Radiation Therapy. 

Novie Mae Sambat
Member At Large


Novie is a social worker that works as a settlement councillor. She has been providing support to many newly arrived Filipinos in Edmonton.

Clarizze Truscott
Member At Large


Clarizze’s heart for underserved immigrants lies from her own family’s experience of being undocumented. She has been a long time migrants' advocate and assist new comers in her City. Clarizze runs a printing business and a newspaper publisher in Fort Saskatchewan for 25 years.

Ruben Acosta
Member At Large


Ruben was active in trade union organizing in the Philippines before immigrating into Canada. He works in the telecoms industry and currently resides in Fort McMurray.

Marco Luciano


Marco moved to Montreal from the Philippines in 1986. He was a  union organizer and educator before he moved to Alberta in 2013. He was also a co-founder of the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal and the Canada-wide alliance Migrante Canada. He is the coordinator for International Migrants Alliance (IMA) for Canada

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