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Virginia Tang: Breaking Barriers for Community Love & Inclusivity

Virginia Tang: Breaking Barriers for Community Love & Inclusivity

In the heart of Grande Prairie beats the spirit of a true community champion—Virginia Tang. Virginia's journey began 48 years ago when she made Grande Prairie her home. Since then, she's been deeply involved in various community initiatives, from teaching to leading important organizations and supporting the immigrant community in Grande Prairie.

Despite facing barriers, Virginia's determination never wavered. "Racism is very strong in Grande Prairie and it has served as a barrier for me. I tried to overcome this by finishing my degree and developing the skills necessary so that I can compete on equal terms in the workforce." Her impact and example as an educator at St. Joseph Catholic High School and Kateri Catholic School have been profound, shaping young minds and fostering a sense of belonging.

Though retired from teaching, her passion for making a positive impact has only grown stronger, fueled by the examples set by inspirational figures like Mother Teresa and her own mother, who instilled in her the values of giving back and helping others.

Virginia's generosity has formed into a commitment to creating a more inclusive society, combatting racism and promoting cultural diversity. Virginia has had the opportunity to present to school children on the importance of embracing different cultures and has been invited to speak at conferences such as the Cultural Diversity Conference held by Alberta Culture to talk about her experiences as an immigrant woman entering the workforce.

Her contributions and leadership extend to various cultural organizations and events, including the Grande Prairie & District Multicultural Association and the Filipino Association of Grande Prairie. Within the Multicultural Association, she was able to sponsor and assist in Heritage Days where she brought community groups together. "When I was the President of the Grande Prairie & District Multicultural Association, we used to sponsor Heritage Days where all culturally diverse groups performed together and where community leaders (Mayors, MLAs and MPs) join the Metis Dancers on stage and together we danced the Metis Jig and shared cultural experiences."

Furthermore, Virginia has been President of the Filipino Association of Grande Prairie for several terms, which has esteemed her as a respected elder within the Filipino community she ardently supports.

Today, Virginia works as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, assisting temporary foreign workers and new immigrants. Her support surpasses the professional realm, as she selflessly dedicates her time to offer solace and support to those facing hardship or loss. This commitment to aiding those in need extends to securing pro bono legal assistance for individuals requiring support. Virginia continuously goes above and beyond, showcasing her belief in the power of compassion and resilience and creating a fair and inclusive community for us all.

Beyond her roles as an educator and immigration consultant, Virginia's impact extends to the economic landscape of Grande Prairie. Through her efforts, numerous businesses have flourished, as she tirelessly recruits professionals to contribute their expertise to our city and region.

Remarkably, much of Virginia's work is carried out through her own resources, both in terms of time and finances, without any expectation of reciprocation. It is this selflessness, coupled with her boundless kindness, that defines Virginia's character and underscores her significant role in shaping the fabric of our community.

Virginia believes that caring and resilience are essential qualities for women seeking to make a difference in their communities. Through her own journey, she encourages others to find their passion and persevere in their endeavors.

As part of the '30 Women for 30 Years' campaign, Virginia's message to future generations of women is one of strength, perseverance, and self-belief. "Be strong and believe in yourself. If you try hard and persevere you will reach your goal. Find your passion because if you have passion in what you do you will stick to it and be successful."

Virginia Tang's story is not just one of personal triumph, but a testament to the transformative power of kindness, resilience, and community inclusivity.






To learn more about 30 Women for 30 Years or to nominate a woman who you think has made a positive impact on the Peace Region, click here