Ask Women Anything with Ana Maria Cruz-Valderrama
Media Action Media’s most recent instalment of the Ask Women Anything series welcomed seniors’ advocate and community leader Ana Maria Cruz Valderrama to the Pressed Café stage on April 26th.
Ana Maria inspired the Ottawa audience with her long-standing commitment to immigrant seniors’ care and volunteerism. A tour de force in community building, Ana Maria discussed the joy of giving back, in “giving from the heart, soul, and brain” every day.
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As a Spanish immigrant from Columbia, Ana Maria opened up about the thrills and challenges of living in a new city and learning a new language.
Making others feel welcome within the Ottawa community is a driving force for Ana Maria, who is also the Executive Director of Club Casa de Los Abuelos, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Spanish-speaking seniors into the area.
Ana Maria spoke of the importance of communication, socializing, and medical care to seniors’ wellbeing. “Doing the best we can to help seniors be active and healthy” greatly benefits the community at large, in both social and economic terms, she said. She also candidly answered questions about media representations, noting there is much room for improvement in the way seniors and Columbians are depicted in news outlets and other popular media.
Many thanks to our venue Pressed Café, host Shari Graydon, Media Action’s many volunteers, photographer Felixe Denson of Wingd, and to all those who came out for this heart-warming and thought-provoking #AskWomenAnything!