Biography

  • Born in the Philippines, Flor and her family moved to Winnipeg in 1982.

  • In 2007, she became the first woman of colour ever elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. She was re-elected MLA for Logan in 2011 and 2016.

  • Flor was a small business owner, editor of The Philippine Times, and worked as a support staff at Red River College for 17 years before she was elected to the Legislature.

  • Between 2009 and 2016, Flor served as Minister for Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, and Minister for Multiculturalism and Literacy. In this role she oversaw the NDP government’s increasing investments in adult learning and literacy, and met with over 50 multicultural organizations across Manitoba.

Born in the Philippines, Flor and her family moved to Winnipeg in 1982 and have called Manitoba home ever since. In 2007, she became the first woman of colour ever elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, and the first woman of colour to be appointed to cabinet in 2009. She was re-elected MLA for Logan in 2011 and 2016.

Flor was a small business owner and editor of The Philippine Times before she was elected to the Legislature. She also worked as a support staff at Red River College for 17 years.

She is an active community leader and has served on the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, and been involved with Project Peacemakers, St. Stephen’s-Broadway Foundation, the Broadway Disciples United Church and its international affiliate, the Global Ministries Board, and the Tagig Association of Manitoba.

In 2009, Flor was appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, and in 2013 she became Minister for Multiculturalism and Literacy until 2016. In that role she was proud to liaise with more than 300 unique ethnocultural organizations active here in Manitoba.

As the Literacy Minister, Flor personally visited all adult education centres in the rural areas and almost all in Winnipeg. She oversaw the NDP government’s increasing investments in adult learning and literacy.

Flor will continue to work for Logan and help build a brighter future for central Winnipeg families.