Ethel Maamo is currently serving as the Project Coordinator of the “Capacity-building of PCC in Governance, Fund-raising, and Partnership-building” project funded by the Canadian Heritage through its Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiative (CSMARI) program. In this role, she organizes and facilitates activities for the strengthening of PCC’s capacity to deliver programs and services to the Filipino-Canadian community in the National Capital Region.
Ethel is a passionate advocate of inclusivity and the rights of disadvantaged groups, such as those with disabilities and marginalized racial communities. Her dedication to creating a more inclusive society stems from her educational background and personal experiences. Ethel has a degree in Development Communications and Social Psychology and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University’s School of Leadership, Ecology, and Equity. This program equips her with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and inspire positive change within communities.
Drawing from her upbringing in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, as well as her work experience in Nepal, she believes that everyone possesses the power to tap into their inner creativity. As she says, “We need to trust our wings and access the angel within.” With a firm belief in the potential within each individual, Ethel encourages others to trust their own abilities and nurture the inner strengths. She understands that by embracing our unique talents and strengths, we can make a meaningful impact in the world around us.
Meet Kyrah Miranda, a talented and ambitious individual who is currently in her fourth year at Carleton University, pursuing a major in Psychology and Law. With an impressive educational background, Kyrah brings a unique perspective to her role as a Communication and Administrative Assistant, working closely with Ethel in implementing the PCC capacity strengthening project.
Having migrated to Canada at a young age, Kyrah has experienced firsthand the challenges and triumphs of adjusting to a new country. This experience has given her a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding migration, education, mental health, and the importance of embracing diversity. Her ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely is invaluable to the team. Beyond her professional pursuits, Kyrah is also an extraordinary cook with years of experience. Her culinary expertise adds an extra dimension to her already impressive skill set, making her a true asset to PCC.
Overall, Kyrah Miranda stands out as a driven and versatile individual with a strong educational background and a wide range of experiences. Her dedication to her studies, coupled with her expertise in psychology and law, make her a valuable asset in her current role as a Communication and Admin Assistant. Additionally, her personal experience as a migrant adds depth and compassion to her work, allowing her to connect with individuals on a deeper level.
Cory Mae Omega is a multi-talented individual hailing from Vancouver, BC. As a singer-songwriter, her melodic voice and heartfelt lyrics captivate audiences, leaving a lasting impact on those who listen to her music. Not only is she a gifted musician, she’s also a dedicated community event organizer.
In 2020, Cory Mae made the move to Ottawa, where she quickly found her place in the local scene. Her passion for bringing people together and forging meaningful connections has led her to become an active member of various communities. Through her work, she has been able to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Ottawa.
Currently, Cory Mae serves as a Project Coordinator of the “Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Filipino-Canadian Youth through Art and Music” project, which is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Canadian Red Cross. In this role, she is involved in organizing a series of workshops for Filipino-Canadian youth aimed at promoting youth mental health through art and music. Using her talents and expertise, she helps create a safe and supportive environment where young individuals can express themselves artistically and find solace in the power of music.
Cory Mae Omega is an inspiring figure, using her platform to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether through her enchanting music or her community involvement, she continues to spread joy and bring people together.
Andrew Calderon, a biology graduate from the University of Ottawa, is a talented individual who currently serves as the senior barber and assistant manager at Blackmarket Barbershop. His dedication extends beyond the world of barbering, as he has been an integral part of PCC since 2022 when he was a student volunteer. Currently, Andrew works as an Administrative and Logistics Assistant for the “Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Filipino-Canadian Youth Through Art and Music” project in 2023. Andrew is able to showcase his exceptional communication and networking skills.
Melanie Radovan is a licensed lawyer from the Philippines since 2012 and is currently a candidate for the Law Society of Ontario bar examinations. With her expertise in program management, she serves as the Program Manager of the “Filipino-Canadian Youth Civic Engagement Lab” (FCYCEL) program, which is funded by the ESDC through the Canada Service Corps. Melanie is passionate about public service and legal advocacy, and she channels her skills and background to contribute to the FCYCEL. She is dedicated to promoting inclusivity, respect, and empowerment for immigrants and refugees, as well as fostering Filipino-Canadian pride. Melanie’s commitment to these causes reflects her heartfelt dedication to making a positive impact in her community.
Nick Murillo is a retired accountant with a wealth of experience in the public accounting sector in the Philippines, the commercial sector in Papua New Guinea, and Canada. His journey has taken him from Mississauga to Ottawa, where he now resides. Throughout his career, Nick has embraced new challenges with a spirit of adventure, infusing his work with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.
Having settled into retirement, Nick is finding fulfillment in giving back to the community. As the Assistant Program Manager for the FCYCEL program, he is grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. Nick is dedicated to empowering and guiding the next generation of Filipino Canadians, helping them navigate the complexities of civic engagement and fostering their growth.
In addition to his work with the FCYCEL program, Nick remains actively involved in several other endeavours. He is a valued member of a local seniors group, where he enjoys connecting with peers, sharing experiences, and contributing to a vibrant community. Furthermore, Nick dedicates his time and talents to serving his parish church, enriching the spiritual lives of his fellow parishioners.
Throughout his life and retirement, Nick Murillo proves that age is no barrier to making a difference. His diverse experiences, sense of adventure, and commitment to community service make him a shining example of someone who embraces retirement with purpose and vitality.
Mary Calotes is a talented entrepreneur, specializing in photography, and is also a budding lifestyle vlogger. She has built a successful photography business, showcasing her distinct artistic vision and exceptional skills behind the camera. Additionally, Mary has recently embarked on a new journey by pursuing a nursing degree at the prestigious University of Ottawa.
Driven by her passion for capturing and witnessing human compassion, Mary aims to turn her interest into a fulfilling career. Through her nursing studies, she aspires to make a meaningful contribution to the field and use her skills to capture precious moments that showcase the incredible resilience and care within the healthcare industry.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavours and education, Mary dedicates her time to the FCYCEL program as its Administrative and Finance staff, where she contributes to the project’s smooth implementation and impactful youth engagement in their communities. Striving always for integrity, Mary values the opportunity to empower others and create lasting memories through her work.
Urduja Cariñio, a former member of PCC, currently works as a project coordinator for the “Healthy Aging for Seniors” project, which is funded by ESDC’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. With a specialization in Gerontology, particularly in mental health and infection prevention and control, she brings valuable expertise to her role. Holding a leadership position at a long-term care facility in Ottawa, Urduja is committed to providing innovative and comprehensive services to ensure high-quality care for the elderly.
Alongside her healthcare career, Urduja is deeply dedicated to community service. She has held various leadership roles and volunteered on the boards of local and international not-for-profit organizations and associations. Her focus has consistently been on assisting diverse populations, particularly children, women, and the elderly.
Urduja’s dedication to improving the quality of life for older adults is demonstrated through her leadership in multiple projects that advocate for their mental health. Additionally, she actively supports initiatives within the Filipino community by coordinating and implementing projects and programs. This commitment reflects her strong connection to her Filipino heritage and values.