In 1981, Fernando Valladares, brought to life his dream of uniting all Spanish speaking groups in our community in a celebration of their cultural roots, while working at Toronto City Hall as Executive Assistant to Ex-City Councillor Tony O'Donohue.
Hispanic Fiesta has become the largest Hispanic cultural event in Canada. In 1998, Valladares joined Lido Chilelli to create and produce Corso Italia Festival & Taste of little Italy and bring a celebration of community and ethnic diversity to St. Clair Avenue West. and College Street.
While producing festivals is a focus for Valladares, he is also committed to assisting his community. In 1981, Valladares co-founded 'Las Flores Charitable Foundation' which assisted new Hispanic immigrants. He also serves as the President of 'Las Flores Non-Profit Housing Corporation', . He has worked on several campaigns directed at aiding natural disaster victims in Spanish-speaking countries.
Valladares is an accomplished writer, producer and publisher and has worked on a variety of projects in radio, television and print. His devotion to community has garnered him numerous awards, including the Volunteer Award from the Province of Ontario, a Citation from the Spanish Government and Canada's Birthday Achievement Award among many others.