Philanthropy is as sweet as Honey
Honey Abada, a Seneca Polytechnic graduate twice over, lives up to her namesake with her sweet personality and genuine care for others
The successful entrepreneur behind Miello Consulting (aptly named as a play on the French word for honey, miel), Ms. Abada’s rise to professional success has been a decade-long triumph in the making.
Now, she’s committed to giving back to the community that helped her through the Abada-Laraya Award. Created in 2021, it has provided financial support to a qualified, hardworking international student enrolled in the Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting program, or the Practical Accounting Practice program.
“Being a student is hard enough, but there are additional sacrifices and struggles for international students,” Ms. Abada said. “My family and friends supported me both financially and emotionally during my Seneca education, so I decided to help an international student going through the same thing through the creation of this award.”
Born in the Philippines, Ms. Abada came to Canada 10 years ago to further her education at Seneca, where she earned a graduate certificate in Professional Accounting Practice in 2015. She then completed a graduate certificate in Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting two years later. In addition, Ms. Abada previously studied marketing and international business.
She was inspired to switch to accounting after discovering that her father had to put his studies (also in accounting and finance) on hold to support the family once she was born.
“He never truly fulfilled his dream because he had to sacrifice for us,” Ms. Abada said, noting that her family inspired her to give back whenever possible through philanthropy. With the support of her family behind her, Ms. Abada was able to study and launch her career in Canada.
“They helped me have wings so I could fly,” Ms. Abada said. “In the smallest way, I want to pay it forward so that someone else can push through their own dreams.”
“I am grateful for the Seneca community, that is full of strong-minded, resilient people with good hearts, who helped me establish myself in this country”
When she’s not busy supporting non-profits, small businesses, entrepreneurs and artists as a consultant, bookkeeper and entrepreneur, Ms. Abada also works as the director of Handog International Inc., a foundation established by her own mother that donates food and gifts to local communities in the Philippines during Christmas.
Ms. Abada’s ultimate hope for her philanthropy?
“That one day, those people I was able to help can help others, too,” she said. “I am grateful for the Seneca community, that is full of strong-minded, resilient people with good hearts, who helped me establish myself in this country.”