Public Speaking

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As a public speaker who has worked in social services, settlement services, and four Ontario school boards, Jennilee is a sought-after Filipina-Canadian facilitator in the Greater Toronto Area.

Her topics have included cross-cultural communication, multicultural education, writing as a diverse author, and immigrant and refugee youth issues for educators, policy-makers, and academics. 

Whether the topics are Filipino-specific (Impacts of Separation and Reunification on Filipino Student Aspirations) or for a more general audience (Unleashing Your Public Speaking Potential), her presentations are tailor-made for audiences ranging from school board trustees to newcomer students.

Her audiences have always been diverse-- not only ethnically, but in terms of profession, language ability, age, and more. And using a combination of humour, empathy, and real stories, she delivers presentations that are engaging, touching, and memorable for everyone.

And most importantly, it's her personal policy to always leave her audience smiling. 

To discuss presentation opportunities, please go to her Contact page.

Jennilee was the best speaker our school could have ever invited. Engaging, funny, touching, and more honest about mental health and culture than anyone we have had in the past.
She has a gift, she really does.
Book this speaker today. She is doing exactly what she is meant to do, and it shows.
At the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

At the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Jennilee led an incredibly fascinating tour of Little Manila, in the Bathurst-Wilson area, for my course Asian Canadian Space and Place (Canadian Studies Program, University of Toronto). She provided detailed insights into the socio-economic and cultural makeup of the neighbourhood, which gave us valuable and important perspectives beyond the landscape observations that we were able to see. Little personal touches like stopping in the bakeries and grocery stores presented us with an insider’s point of view on the unique cultures within the less well-known landscapes in Toronto.
— Dr. Serene Tan, University of Toronto, Asian-Canadian Studies
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Public Speaking Experience:

  1. Halton Catholic District School Board:“Understanding & Helping Students from the Philippines to Succeed” (Equity and Inclusive Education course participants)

  2. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Becoming a Writer: A Creative Writing Crash Course” (Alternative school students)

  3. The New Filipino Kitchen Book Launch” Panelist: “What Does it Mean to Connect With our Culture Through Food?” (General public)

  4. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Understanding & Helping Students from the Philippines to Succeed” (School board staff)

  5. Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board: ESL/ELD PD Session: “ELLs Mental Health and Settlement, Supporting Filipino Students” (ESL staff, settlement staff)

  6. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Understanding & Helping Students from the Philippines to Succeed” (Student Success and Pathways staff)

  7. “Celebrating Linguistic Diversity” Featured Speaker: “Building Bridges to Support Filipino Students” (Canadian school board staff)

  8. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Understanding & Helping Students from the Philippines to Succeed” (School board staff)

  9. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Filipino Talks: Understanding Your Filipino Students - Leaders Of Your Own Learning Professional Development” (School board staff)

  10. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Understanding Your Filipino Students: Filipino Talks - Staff Professional Development” (Secondary school staff)

  11. YMCA of Greater Toronto: “Newcomer Youth Leadership Development and Filipino Youth” (YMCA staff)

  12. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Understanding Your Filipino Students: Filipino Talks Staff Professional Development” (Secondary school staff)

  13. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Understanding Students from the Philippines: Filipino Talks” (School psychologists and psychological associates)

  14. University of Toronto: “Asian-Canadian Space and Place: Field trip to Little Manila” (Undergraduate students)

  15. West Neighbourhood House: “Unlocking Your Public Speaking Potential” (Newcomer Youth Advisory Committee Ambassadors)

  16. United Way Greater Toronto: Working Precariously: Causes and Consequences Conference: “Precarious Migration, Filipino Family Integration and Student Success in Canada: Impacts and Policy Reforms” (PEPSO, McMaster University, United Way Greater Toronto, United Way Halton & Hamilton, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton)

  17. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Make Things Happen: Free Resources For a Brighter Future” Workshop with West Neighbourhood House (High school students)

  18. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Bridging Borders: Filipino Talks, Mental Health and Newcomer Families” (Families and school staff)

  19. YMCA of Greater Toronto: “School, Family, Community Resources: Filipino Talks” (Newcomer Youth)

  20. Toronto District School Board: “Understanding Filipino Families: Life After Reunification” (High school staff)

  21. Toronto District School Board: “Supporting Filipino Students: Free Community Resources and Successful Initiatives” (High school staff)

  22. Toronto District School Board: “Filipino Talks: Family Reunification, Role Models Talk Show, Community Partners Talk Show, and Letters to Mama” (School staff and students)

  23. Peel & Halton Region Frontline Workers and Halton Catholic District School Board: “Supporting Filipino Youth with Sensitivity to Filipino Culture, and Understanding Special Circumstances of Filipino Immigrants in our Communities” (Settlement Workers and Educators, Peel & Halton Region)

  24. University of Toronto: “Asian-Canadian Space and Place: Field trip to Little Manila” (University of Toronto students)

  25. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Walking Tour of Filipino Toronto” (HCDSB newcomer students)

  26. Halton Catholic District School Board: “The HCDSB Pinoy Project: Equity and Inclusive Education” (HCDSB educators)

  27. Heritage Toronto: “Migration, Food and Identity in Little Manila” (Bathurst-Wilson walking tour)

  28. Toronto Catholic District School Board: “Pinoy Families 101: Reunification and Resources” (Filipino parents)

  29. The Festival of Literary Diversity: “Writer's Court” (General public)

  30. Toronto District School Board: “Filipino Talks: Filipino Youth in Your School” (High school staff)

  31. Toronto District School Board: “Filipino Talks: Role Models Talk Show, Community Partners Talk Show, Aspirations and Inspirations, Letters to Mama, Life After Reunification”

  32. Toronto District School Board: “Filipino Talks: Educators' Edition”(English as a Second Language/English Language Development teachers)

  33. Bluegate Reading Collective: “Caregiving on the Bathurst Bus” (General public)

  34. Toronto District School Board: “Filipino Leadership Development: Filipino Talks” (Youth)

  35. Toronto District School Board: “Teacher Professional Activity Day: Working with Filipinos” (High school staff)

  36. The York Centre for Asian Research, “Filipino Youth Transitions in Canada and The Halton Pinoy Project” (Transnational Filipinx Studies Conference: Filipino-Canadian and Filipino-American academics, community leaders)

  37. Toronto District School Board: Professional Development Training, “Pinoy Project Teacher Edition: School-Specific Community Issues, Neighbourhood Guide, & Tagalog for Teachers” (High school staff)

  38. Halton Catholic District School Board: School Trustees Meeting, “The HCDSB Pinoy Project: Research Findings with Halton's Filipino community” (HCDSB Trustees)

  39. Kababayan Multicultural Centre: Youth Leadership Program, “Newcomer issues, deprofessionalization, remittances, and aspirations” (Filipino newcomer teens)

  40. North York Community House: Bridging Two Worlds: Leadership and Communication Program for Filipino Youth, “Deprofessionalization and Aspirations” (Newcomer teens)

  41. Halton Catholic District School Board: Five staff trainings regarding Filipino issues (HCDSB curriculum consultants, Student Success Teachers, ESL teachers, chaplains, settlement workers, school board staff and principals)

  42. Toronto Public Library: Asian Heritage Month Book Discussion, “In The Country: Stories” (Public workshop)

  43. Heritage Toronto Tour: Bathurst-Wilson walking tour, “Migration, Food and Identity in North York's Little Manila” (General public)

  44. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Research Findings: The HCDSB Pinoy Project” (Filipino families)

  45. Toronto Catholic District School Board: Keynote for “Engaging Newcomer Parents” (ESL parents and students)

  46. York University: Keynote for “Filipino Voices in the Art and Academia” (TCDSB high school students)

  47. National Metropolis Conference: “Immigration Trajectories and Youth Post-Secondary Pathways in the Filipino Community” (Researchers, policy-makers, and community advocates)

  48. Toronto District School Board: “The Pinoy Project” (60 Filipino students at WL Mackenzie Secondary School)

  49. Halton Catholic District School Board: “Outreach: The HCDSB Pinoy Project” (Filipino high school students)

  50. Looseleaf Literary Magazine: “The Filipino Heroes of Bathurst Street” (General public)

  51. Filipino-Canadian Action Research Summit: “The Filipino Heroes of Bathurst Street” (Filipino academics and community workers)

  52. Halton Catholic District School Board: “The HCDSB Pinoy Project” (Filipino families in Milton, Oakville)

  53. York Centre for Asian Research, York University, OCADU: Co-hosted “Filipino-American, Filipino-Canadian: A Conversation with Dr. Yen Le Espiritu” (Academics, community workers)

  54. Toronto Catholic District School Board: Proudly Pinoy Asian Heritage Event: “Tips From the Pros: Filipino Role Models” (Youth and families 2015 & 2016)

  55. Toronto Catholic District School Board: Visiting Filipino Author: “Introducing Jose Dalisay” (Youth)

  56. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities: “Promoting Post-Secondary Pathways Among Filipino Youth in Ontario” (Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund)

  57. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: “What The Best Teachers Know: Preparing for Newcomer Students” (University of Toronto teacher candidates, 2014 & 2013)

  58. Toronto Catholic District School Board: Proudly Pinoy Asian Heritage Event, Parents' Workshop with Guidance Counsellor: “Navigating the Educational System: College, University or Workplace and the Importance of Attendance” (Filipino parents)

  59. York Centre for Asian Research Academic Symposium: “Settlement Challenges, Success Stories and Support for Filipino Youth” (York University)

  60. Passages to Canada/Historica Canada: “Webinar on Digital Storytelling” (Settlement staff)

  61. Documentary on the Filipino diaspora: “Where We Are Now”

  62. New Roots Radio: “Telling Tales: The Power of Storytelling in the ESL Classroom”

  63. Ryerson University: “Life on the Frontline: Settlement Work in Schools” (Immigration and Settlement Studies graduate students)

  64. Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture: “Filipino Newcomer Youth Issues” (Filipino-Canadian mentors and youth program developers)

  65. Bridges to Learning National Conference: “Digital Storytelling: Newcomer Youth Issues” (Educators)

  66. #CdnImm Event for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI): “Youth and Settlement” (Settlement service providers, policy makers)

  67. Toronto Catholic District School Board: Proudly Pinoy Asian Heritage Event: “Digital Storytelling: Filipino-Canadian Youth Stories” (Filipino youth)

  68. Toronto District School Board: Celebrating Linguistic Diversity Conference: “Digital Storytelling in the ESL Classroom” (School board staff, teachers, educators, 2012 & 2011)

  69. Toronto District School Board: Roma Day: “Czech and Hungarian Roma Communities” (School board staff)

  70. Canadian Council for Refugees Fall Consultation, 2012: “Digital Storytelling: Refugee Youth Issues” (Settlement service providers, policy makers)

  71. Library Settlement Program: Summer Toronto Public Library Settlement Workers' Training: “Digital Storytelling Impacts at the Toronto Public Library” (Library staff, settlement service providers)

  72. Ryerson University: “Life on the Frontline: Settlement Work in Schools” (Social Work graduate students)

  73. North York Community House Asian Heritage Month: Event Host (Newcomer families at York Woods Public Library)

For bookings and inquiries, please click here