Born and raised in Delta, BC, Gloria Botelho grew up in a Portuguese family that ate fish on Fridays and regularly attended festas at the Portuguese Parish in East Vancouver as a child. Gloria moved to Vancouver over 10 years ago and lives near that very same church and the once vibrant Portuguese neighbourhood on Commercial Drive.
A few years ago, Gloria gained a renewed interest in her Portuguese culture and began exploring the local Lusophone community. Trying to find what types of Portuguese events were out there, she turned to her parents who – like most people in the community – relied on word of mouth to find out about the next festa or dinner and dance. Unfortunately, this was not the most reliable method and Internet searches did not prove to be fruitful either.
Seeing a need, Gloria built a Facebook page that was a “one-stop shop” for information about news and events that celebrate Portuguese culture in Vancouver as well as the rest of B.C. Hence, Portugal in Vancouver was created on April 24, 2014, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and now its very own space on the Internet.
Gloria looks forward to growing Portugal in Vancouver and bringing attention to the Portuguese culture and community. You can find Gloria at the next festa or enjoying a bica and pastel de nata at one of the local Portuguese cafes.
Portuguese Experiences in Canada – Panel Discussion
Guest panel speaker at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology
On October 3, 2015, Gloria participated in a panel discussion about her experiences of being Portuguese in Canada. This event was part of a Portuguese art exhibit that was on display at the Museum called “Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between: Portuguese Popular Art.”
Co-host on RadioBC
RadioBC is a multicultural radio show for the Portuguese speaking community in BC. The show devotes two hours a week to Portuguese content airing Saturdays on CFUV 101.9 fm in Victoria from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sundays on CHMB 1320 am in Richmond from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
When: Every weekend you can hear Gloria on the radio informing listeners about upcoming events in the Portuguese communities across the Province.
Gloria has volunteered at Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese Parish in Vancouver and the Portuguese Canadian Seniors Foundation.
Many associations and clubs in our community are always in need of volunteers. In addition, a lot of the folklore dance groups are always looking for more members. If you’ve got some rhythm, check out one of the many groups in our community. I promise you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.