By Alex P. Vidal
PORT MOODY, British Columbia — When two prominent personalities in entertainment and broadcast media work together in one event, chances are they could steal the show from the main characters.
Had it not been for the presence of four state ministers of British Columbia, audience would have thought the “Meet the Ministers” event at the Inlet Theater on February 6 was show of Filipino-Canadian Joey Albert and American-Canadian Pamela Martin.
Albert and Martin acted as hosts in the two-hour program where Filipino community leaders interacted with Health Minister Mike de Jong, Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Multiculturalism Minister Harry Bloy, and Labor Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.
Albert, Catholic Catechism teacher at the St. Joseph Parish here since 1996, is TV host/anchor of “The Joey Albert Show,” a weekly talk show or TV magazine show on the Shaw Multi Cultural Channel dealing with life stories of Filipinos in British Columbia since October 2011.
A singer and recording artist in the Philippines since 1981, Albert has held concerts with David Pomeranz at River Rock Casino, Richmond, British Columbia; Hawaii, Cayman Island, and Los Angeles, California. She holds the distinction of being the First Filipino Artist to record on a comact disc (CD).
Albert, a cancer survivor, did volunteer works as Canadian Ambassadress of Goodwill for Gawad Kalinga, a non-profit organization tasked with building free homes for the poor all over the Philippines since 2004.
She is also endorser for the Dual Citizenship Program Campaign for the Philippine Consulate General in 2005.
A resident of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Albert has two daughter ages 22 and 19 who are currently enrolled at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia respectively. Both play Rugby in local/university Rugby leagues and have played for the Philippines National Team in international tournaments.
A product of Assumption College in Manila where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981, Albert is the owner and manager of the Good Shepherd Daycare since April 2010. The business is a Catholic-oriented, value-based full day group daycare and learning center providing a balance of structured and emergent learning in the social, intellectual, physical, emotional and moral development of children aged 0 to 5 years.
Now the chief of staff of Premier Christy Clark, Martin was a television reporter on Canadian TV. She formerly co-anchored the weekday 6 pm newscasts on CTV British Columbia alongside Bill Good.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, she immigrated to British Columbia, and joined Victoria’s CHEK-TV as a co-host and producer in 1975. She moved to Vancouver’s CKNW AM 980 the next year and became that station’s first female reporter. She accepted an offer from BCTV (then Vancouver’s CTV affiliate) in 1977, and anchored at that station until 2001, when she joined CTV British Columbia (CIVT). In 1968, Martin won the Miss Teen USA title (not to be confused with the Miss Teen USA pageant established in 1983).
On December 7, 2010, Martin announced her resignation from her position as Anchor on CTV News Vancouver along with her Co-Host Bill Good. Their last broadcast aired on December 29, 2010.
On January 5, 2011, Martin announced that she had joined politician Christy Clark’s campaign team for the BC Liberal Party Leadership race. Clark was named party leader March 14, 2011.
Both Albert and Martin met three days earlier in Vancouver when Premier Clark became the first B.C. Premier in recent memory to meet leaders of the Filipino community which awarded her with a plaque of appreciation for donating $25,000 to victims of recent typhoon in the Philippines.