Election 2024 Candidate - Dr. Virginia Sumalinog
My name is Dr. Virginia Sumalinog. I was born in Cebu, Philippines. My family and myself came to Canada in 2004. I’m married to Aurelio Sumalinog. He is an Power 1 engineer by profession. I have 4 children: Miguel- an Aeronautical Engineering Tech graduate, Maria- an Alberta school teacher, Elvira – an Engineering Analyst in Paris, France, and Rafael- a Medical Doctor in Vancouver
I’m a licensed school teacher in Alberta. I taught 10 years in Edmonton from K to Grade 12. I also own a daycare facility. I’m also the Founder of an Early Childhood Academy in Edmonton. I have a doctorate degree in Educational Management. I’m also a Juris Doctor ( LLB).
I love to be with people especially with different ethnicity. Thus I’m an active member of the different Filipino associations in Edmonton such as VISMIN , CEFA, PBSA, EPIC and CFC. I hold different positions in these organizations. I’m also a member of the Premier’s Council for Multiculturalism.
I got awards from different organizations such as the Golden Balangay Award as the Most Excellent Business Entrepreneur, Filipino Champions, Alberta Women’s Entrepreneur, MNHS Alumni Award. I have volunteered in various agencies to help the depressed , deprived and underprivileged people. I have donated cash amount, groceries and clothing. I also sponsored scholarships. Many of my scholars have graduated from the universities. I have been a resource speaker in some organizations.
Answers to Questions:
1. What skills will you contribute to the FCNC Board?
Strong leadership skills, Fast decision making, Independent, Ability to communicate well, Interpersonal skills, Good team mate.
2. What are the most important functions of FCNC for its members?
Provide guidance and mentorship to its members in line with FCNC’s vision and mission.
3. Why do you want to be a FCNC director?
I would like to use and share my experience and expertise in promoting the mission of FCNC and to continue helping my fellow Filipino teachers who graduated from Philippines become teachers in Canada!