Recently elected Co-Vice Chairperson, Ruel Jimenez has an impressive background and a passion for giving back to his community. Born in Pasay City and raised in Laguna, Ruel later settled in Las Pinas City before emigrating to Canada with his family in 2002. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Perpetual Help-Rizal, which he obtained in 1995.
Ruel’s professional career spans over two decades, during which he has gained valuable experience in the field of information technology. From 1995 to 1997, he worked as a Systems Analyst/Programmer in a Freight Forwarding Company. He then transitioned to an IT Specialist role in a Cable TV Company from 1997 to 2002. Ruel’s dedication and expertise led him to work at Health Canada as an IT Support Technician in Infrastructure and operations since 2002. Prior to this role, he served as an IT Service Technician at HardRock Casino Ottawa from 2017 to 2021.
Beyond his professional achievements, Ruel actively engages in various community initiatives. He has devoted his time and skills to organizations such as ANCOP Ottawa, a registered charity that supports Filipinos in need. Through ANCOP’s Education Sponsorship, Shelter Program, Medical and Dental Program, and Calamity Support program, Ruel helps improve the lives of fellow Filipinos. Additionally, he has volunteered for groups like Shepherds of Good Hope and Ottawa Run. Currently, Ruel is a member of Couples for Christ Ottawa, where he serves as a Couple Coordinator of Singles for Christ.
Ruel’s commitment to his community and his wealth of experience make him the perfect candidate for the position of Co-Vice Chairperson. His involvement in various organizations and his dedication to helping others exemplify his passion for making a positive impact. With Ruel’s leadership skills and extensive background in technology and community service, he will undoubtedly excel in serving in this new role.
Marion Maceda Villanueva
Marion Maceda Villanueva, the newly elected Co-Vice Chairperson, is a dedicated community development advocate with a wealth of experience. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate degree in Community Development from the University of the Philippines. Marion, along with her husband Johnny (Antonio Villanueva) and their two daughters, moved to Canada in 1985 and settled in Ottawa in 1989.
Marion began her career by working with non-governmental organizations in Toronto and Ottawa. Her work eventually took her to Manila and Davao in the Philippines from 2001 to 2013, to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean from 2015 to 2017, and recently to Jamaica from January to July 2023. In these roles, she served as the Director of multiple Canada-funded projects focused on strengthening the capabilities of local governments.
Marion has been an active member of the Filipino-Canadian community in Ottawa for decades and is passionate about fostering a united and empowered community. Marion is committed to supporting her fellow Filipinos, promoting Filipino heritage, and ensuring that the community is recognized for its valuable contributions to building a better Canada.
Marion has a longstanding involvement with the PCC, having served on its first Board of Directors in 1999. She was re-elected to the Board in 2018 and briefly took on the role of acting Chairperson for a period of 9 months in 2020. With her vast experience, dedication, and passion, Marion brings valuable expertise and leadership to her role as Co-Vice Chairperson of the PCC.