150 Neighbours

Commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary in Scarborough


It’s safe to call Terry Bautista a trailblazer: compassionate, sharp, and laser-focused on improving the lives of Scarborough’s seniors. Born in the Philippines (the youngest of eight siblings) and living in Scarborough since 1975, Terry is a retired Project Engineer whose energetic people skills and technical prowess are startlingly effective.

As a Seniors Advocate, Terry founded and co-founded fitness/wellness and cultural heritage/musical groups (Scarborough Ontario Seniors Association, Toronto Hakka Seniors Association, and a pan-Asian choir) and persevered to secure funding for them. She has volunteered in a dizzying number of activities (teaching computer literacy is just a glimpse), and fought for elderly rights as Co-chair of the Toronto Seniors Forum’s TTC Committee at City Hall. Terry’s accomplishments could fill a book – coincidentally, an exceptionally proud moment was being one of several Scarborough seniors to write and publish her memoirs for Archives Canada:

“Some of us wept at the idea that we will leave our footprints in this marvelous adoptive country of ours.”

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