By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – A not-for-profit organization, Team United Maharlika Foundation named UTS recruitment director Joy P. Theriot as an awardee in the category women’s advocacy on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Astoria World Manor in Queens. In addition to Joy Theriot, sixteen other individuals were recognized for their community service in categories such as teacher, doctor, dentist, care-giver, engineer, nurse, lawyer, government official, and entrepreneur.
TUMFI is a charitable institution founded by Rene Ballenas in 2011. The foundation created the Overseas Foreign Workers Awards in 2014 to recognize nationals from different countries who continue to provide support and contribute to the development of their motherland and the American society.
“It’s a rewarding feeling at the same time a great responsibility. The challenge is to continue with the work for many women, to empower them and achieve gender equality,” Theriot said.
Theriot’s commitment to social justice dates back in her college years at the University of Bohol in the Philippines where she was the national coordinator for the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles for 10 years, working with students, university officials and politicians.
When she married John Theriot and moved to Houston in Texas, she became chairperson for the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP)-Texas where she assisted women in distress through counseling and legal support. She also promoted women’s leadership through WFWP’s work in such areas as Spirituality and Healing; Marriage and Family; also Human Rights and Women’s Dignity. (See full article on https://uts.edu/news-and-events/487-uts-director-of-recruitment-honored-for-women-s-advocacy)