Sherrisa arrived in Calgary in September of 2004. Two weeks later, she applied at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). There was a position about to be vacated but there was no assurance as to when it would become available. She was asked if she would be willing to volunteer and be trained on the job. Volunteering was something new to her so she gave it a shot. As a volunteer, Sherrisa was known for her diligence and proficiency to the point where everyone thought she was a regular employee. She was later hired as CCIS Secretary for Administrative Services Division.
Sherrisa was a public servant for about a decade with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Philippines. With her background as the Legislative Liaison Specialist and with degrees in accounting and law, Sherrisa decided to enhance her knowledge in immigration by becoming a certified Immigration Practitioner in Canada. She went to school at Bow Valley College. Before she finished her immigration course, she was quickly recognized at CCIS and was promoted to Program Coordinator for Immigrant Seniors Services and Legal Education Services, a position she holds to this day.
Throughout her 12 years with CCIS, Sherrisa has found her passion working with seniors. She continues to go above and beyond her job description to support and assist seniors. She helped immigrant seniors integrate into their life in Canada. She is a strong advocate against elder abuse. Sherrisa is also an effective presenter on the various topics on immigration. She travels outside Calgary to reach out to rural communities in need of accurate information on immigration. Outside her life at CCIS, Sherrisa is on her second term as President of the Babae: Council of Filipina-Canadian Women. Sherrisa is also on her third term as Chairperson for the volunteer committee of the burgeoning Fiesta Filipino which attracts over 20,000 visitors to Calgary’s downtown core every September.
“Calgary taught me just how fulfilling volunteerism is. It becomes a big part of you, especially when you know that you have a significant role in obtaining results for the community.”
Sherrisa is running for Ward 13 to bring her community involvement and experience with seniors and legal issues to City Hall.
“I believe in being an active participant in the life of our city and am running in Ward 13 to improve public transportation, fight for a fair municipal tax system, more meaningful public consultation and to ensure that everyone can enjoy all Calgary has to offer. Ward 13 needs an engaged representative who’s accessible to constituents at City Hall.”