|Back row L-R: Minda Tinambacan, Amy Tanto, Josie Gow, Tess Launt, Letty
Vendramini, Myrla Prianes and Eden Rolfs.|
Front row L-R: Elsie Comino, Mena Edmondstone, Edel Suede and Fe Stokes
by Erwin Cabucos
Confusion lingers in the community concerning the duplication of the Filipino Community Council of Queensland, Inc or FCCQ.
The story goes that an alleged breakaway group has been allegedly promoting themselves as the real FCCQ.
The original FCCQ founded by Ms Agnes Whiten, OAM, which is now headed by Mrs Mena Edmondstone remains strong and assures everyone in the community that the FCCQ they have known since 1989 continues to stay committed for the interests of the Filipino community.
In its July 2012 Annual General Meeting, FCCQ reinvigorated its commitment to the community by electing new leaders and executive members, pictured above.
The real FCCQ elects its 2012-2013 leaders and executive members with the leadership of Mrs. Mena Edmondstone as the president and Mrs. Edel Suede as the vice president. Their full set of officers can be found on www.fccq.blogspot.com.
Edmondstone, Suede and the rest of the executive officers have affirmed their legitimate registration with the Office of Fair Trading, Queensland - the registering body of government for community organisations in the state.
Edmondstone's team has also maintained their membership and strong link with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) - the advocate for all ethnic communities in the state.
"FCCQ has never been more committed to serve and empower the Filipino communities than now!" says Mrs Edmonstone.
In an interview with Filipino Radio Brisbane, Edmondstone reiterates the message that the new leaders of FCCQ will engage with the community into more action and transparency.
"Unity, purpose and service are the key words," Edmondstone adds.
"I appeal to all previously active members and leaders of FCCQ who have lied low due to some form of disillusionment from past leaders to come back and renew their involvement in the community."
"Now is the more appropriate time for our past and new leaders to unite under the banner of one coordinating council for more purposeful, dedicated and honest service to the Filipino people in Queensland," said Edmondstone the president of the one FCCQ.
FCCQ will hold its Barrio Fiesta 2012 on Saturday 8th of September at the Yeronga State School Grounds.
Entry fee for an adult is $6.00; 4-8 years old is $4.00, 7 under is free, and, for a family of 6 (with 2 adults and 4 children) is $15.00. For stall application, souvenir sponsorship and tickets, please visit www.fccq.blogspot.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Fiesta Coordinator in Brisbane, Mrs. Elsie Comino on 0433221419.
Stall forms and souvenir sponsorships can be found here: ttp://www.fccq.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/fccq-barrio-fiesta-2012-on-september-8.html