The Mission of Progressive Assistance Canada (PAC) is to assist the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life by improving their overall welfare, and that of their families and communities. “Progressive” is defined as “happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.” Some synonyms are “continuing, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, innovator, forward-thinker and modern.” It is the “progressive” way of thinking that resonates with PAC. “Assistance” is defined as “the provision of money, resources, or information to help someone.” A few synonyms are “help, aid, support, backing, reinforcement, relief, cooperation and collaboration.” Our Logo: This PAC's logo that depicts the hand of a youth or adult assisting the one of a child, which truly exemplify its Mission.
In October/November 2014, Mr. Philippe Blanchard travelled around the Philippines for three weeks. During that period, Philippe witnessed a fair amount of poverty, especially in the suburbs of Manila, at a more acute level than that found in Canada. In the fall of 2015, Philippe was determined to return to the Philippines to volunteer and began by reaching out to a variety of local Filipino charities. After contacting a few organizations, in January/February 2016, Philippe volunteered for 5 weeks in the Philippines with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) focusing on poor children in the community of Tondo, Metro Manila. Ms. Gletha Araña joined Philippe regularly to volunteer. This opportunity presented them with a significant and amazing insight into the lives of children and their families living in such extreme poverty. Upon returning to Canada, Philippe, assisted by Gletha in the Philippines, explored different ways he could continue supporting poor children and families in the Philippines from Canada, which led to the desire of creating a Canadian registered charity. After discussing his new endeavour with a few friends, Philippe, as the founder of Progressive Assistance Canada (PAC) and Director of Operations/Chair, was joined by Mr. Bryan Hudson, Director of Communications/Treasurer, and Gletha, Director of Compliance and Community Liaisons/Secretary. On 29 May 2016, Philippe, Bryan and Gletha officially signed PAC’s Constitution. The mission of PAC is to assist the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines to have a better life by improving their overall welfare, and that of their families and communities. PAC’s vision is to collaborate with communities in the Philippines to assist them improving the overall welfare of poor children and their families with innovative and sustainable solutions, and cooperate with other local and/or international organizations to fulfill its mission. On 30 May 2016, PAC sent its charity application; however, it has to wait until it receives approval from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to be recognized as a Canadian Registered Charity under the Income Tax Act.