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CHICAGO (JGL) — A three-day funeral visitation for Filipino Canadian Senator Tobias C. Enverga, Jr. will start on Friday, Nov. 24, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Highland Funeral Home in Scarborough

Chapel at 3280 Sheppard Avenue E. in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.


The website of the Senate of Canada announced that the second and third day of the visitation will also be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. the following Saturday and Sunday.


It added that funeral service will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica at 65 Bond Street in Toronto, Ontario at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, before interment at Christ the King Cemetery from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 7770 Steeles Avenue East, Markham ON L6B 1A8.






SENATOR TOBIAS C. Enverga, Jr. is shown when he was appointed to the Senate on September 6, 2012. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)

Senator Enverga was in the middle of his attendance to the annual ParlAmercas Annual Plenary Assembly in Medellin, Columbia on Nov. 16 when he succumbed to heart attack with his wife, Rosemer Enverga, by his side.


Enverga was a valued friend of Latin America and the Caribbean for introducing two private bills in the Senate — S. 218, “An Act respecting Latin American Heritage Month,” which had gone past the third reading in the Senate in the current 42nd Parliament (1st Session December 3, 2015 - Present), and another, S. 228, “An Act respecting Hispanic Heritage Month” he introduced in the 41st Parliament (41st Parliament, 2nd Session October 16, 2013 - August 2, 2015), which reached a second reading in the Senate.


S. 218 is likely to become a law after it is transmitted to the House of Commons where it will have to pass thru first, second and third readings in the current 42nd Parliament.


He also proposed that senators sing the national anthem, O Canada, each Tuesday — matching a similar motion passed by the House of Commons in 1995.




SENATOR JUN Enverga and members of the Filipino-Canadian community take over the Senate Chamber in Ottawa, June 2017. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)




Another bill that he introduced S-242, “An Act to amend the Competition Act that would prevent misrepresentations to public,” had just gone on the first reading in the Senate last Nov. 1st, two weeks prior to his trip to Colombia.


Mr. Enverga was described by his Senate colleagues as a “tireless worker who brought passion, selflessness and energy to all he did, whether as a senator or advocate for the most vulnerable members

of society.”


Commonly known as “Jun,” Senator Enverga was the first Canadian of Filipino descent to be appointed to the Senate and was an inspirational voice for his community and others in the Greater Toronto Area.


Born in the Quezon Province in the Philippines, Mr. Enverga immigrated to Canada and started as a mailroom employee and rose thru the ranks in the Bank of Montreal, where he became a project manager.




Filipino Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga, Jr. (from extreme left) is shown in this photo with visiting President Noynoy Aquino, Canada’s Minister of Defence and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the reception at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister)

In 2012, from out of the blue, Mr. Enverga was appointed by Conservative Prime Minister Harper as an enviable senator that changed the course of his life and the growing Filipino Canadian community.


“Of his many contributions, Senator Enverga will be most remembered as a fierce advocate for persons with disabilities and a tireless champion for multiculturalism,” according to Speaker of the Senate

George J. Furey. “He was respected by all of his colleagues for his kindness, his warm sense of humor and his unparalleled work ethic.


“In every aspect of his parliamentary work, Senator Enverrga was not shy about sharing his deep love for Canada. It has been a privilege to serve him and I know he will be dearly missed by everyone in the Senate family.”


The first Filipino-Canadian elected in the City of Toronto as a Catholic school board trustee in Toronto, Senator Enverga launched the Philippine-Canadian Charitable Foundation.


A proud Canadian, Mr. Enverga also kept his ties close to the Filipino community. He championed aid efforts when the Philippines was hit by typhoons and helped many deserving, hard-working Filipinos to come to Canada and live the dream that he considered privileged to have lived himself.




SENATE Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ fact-finding mission on search and rescue in Nova Scotia, October 2016. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)




A co-chair of the Canadian-Philippine Interparliamentary Group, Enverrga initiated the annual Filipino Independence Day flag raising on Parliamentary Hill in Ottawa on June 12th.

He was also a member of several standing committees and took part on important studies on issues ranging from First Nations northern housing to Maritime Search and Rescue operations.


An executive member of ParlAmericas group, Enverga had advocated thru political dialogue and parliamentary cooperation to strengthen democracy and governance throughout Latin America.

In an interview with SenCA plus, Senator Enverrga said, “I always believe that multiculturalism is one of the greatest strengths of Canada. 


“Being Canadian of Filipino and Asian origin, I have the unique opportunity to represent a broader group of people not just in the Province of Ontario but also members of the Filipino and Asian-Canadian communities all over Canada.




SENATE Committee on Aboriginal Peoples’ fact-finding mission on northern housing, February 2014. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)


“The Senate has come to bolster representation of groups often underrepresented in Parliament, such as Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and women. We, as visible minorities and Asian senators, have a responsibility and the ability to share and contribute our unique values, skills, and culture to complement and enhance various Senate roles and duties for the country as a whole.”




Senator Peter Harder, Government Representative in the Senate, said, "Senator Enverga was a dedicated parliamentarian who served the Senate and Canadians admirably since his appointment in 2012. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and I share the gratitude of many for Senator Enverga’s committed service to his country."                                          





THE ENVERGA FAMILY at Our Lady of Assumption Parish, Toronto, December 2014. Left to right, Rystle, Reeza, Rosemer, Rocel, and Senator Tobias Enverga. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)


Senator Larry W. Smith, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, said, "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague and friend, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. Senator Enverga will be greatly missed.  He was a man of great conviction and a hardworking parliamentarian. Through his efforts in the Chamber and across Canada, Senator Enverga had earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and fellow citizens.  


"Senator Enverga was the first Filipino-Canadian senator. He was the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the City of Toronto, having served as a school trustee for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He also founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his community work.




ROLLING Rampage on Parliament Hill, October 2017. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)

On behalf of the Senate Conservative Caucus, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Rosemer, their three daughters, Rystle, Reeza and Rocel, as well to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time." 




PARLAMERICAS conference, Panama City, Panama, August 2016. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)


The Independent Senators Group (ISG) said,“The Independent Senators Group is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga Jr. A leader in his community, Senator Enverga inspired those around him through his volunteer community engagement and advocacy work at home and abroad. He and his wife Rosemer founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation in 2010 with the vision of assisting efforts in areas such as poverty alleviation, providing essential necessities of life, and education.




GREETING Filipino-Canadians at Pinoy Fiesta, Metro Toronto Convention Center, June 2017. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)

Elected as the first Filipino-Canadian to public office in Toronto, Senator Enverga became the first person elected to the Toronto Catholic District School Board who was a visible minority. He continued to serve his community and public interests upon his Senate appointment in 2012. The members of the ISG wish to extend their deepest condolences to Senator Enverga’s family and friends." 



TASTE MANILA, Bathurst Street at Wilson Avenue in Toronto, August 2015. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)



TASTE MANILA, Bathurst Street at Wilson Avenue in Toronto, August 2015. (Courtesy of the Senate of Canada)


Senator Joseph A. Day, Leader of the Independent Senate Liberals, said, "I am saddened by the sudden death of our colleague, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. 


“He will be remembered not only for his hard work and his commitment to public service, but also for his love of the country and his strong advocacy for persons with disabilities.


On behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals, I extend sincere condolences to his wife, Rosemer, his three daughters, Rystle, Reeza and Rocel, and his extended family and friends.” (Contact reporter: jglariosa@hotmail,com)


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