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A salute to Filipino women

Meet the Pinays Trailblazers 2022

Buduhan Nuyda Paculan Santoro Trinidad
Maria Buduhan
Mariciel Nuyda
Crystal Paculan
Virginia Guiang-
Gina Trinidad

Pinays Manitoba announces this year’s Pinays Trailblazer awardees. These amazing Filipino women are being celebrated for their invaluable contributions to their respective fields, and their outstanding accomplishments that have made a positive difference to the Filipino community as well as to the mainstream community in Manitoba. They will be honoured during the Pinays Manitoba’s Recognition Luncheon on May 28, 2022, at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM).

The Pinays Trailblazers 2022

in alphabetical order:

  • Police Constable Maria Buduhan is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because of her advocacy for victims of crime, violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. She is also being honoured for trailblazing the representation of Filipino women in the very rarely travelled career path of law enforcement. She has partnered with organizations that help survivors in their healing journey from these types of crimes. Maria is an inspirational Filipino woman who has faced life’s adversities head on, used it as fuel to empower change, and redirect the course of her life by becoming a police officer with the Winnipeg Police Service.
  • Dean Mariciel Nuyda is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman immigrant to become a Dean at the School for Continuing Studies for Booth University College (BoothUC). Her advocacy for education and continuous learning has steered her towards community capacity building by developing programs and making them accessible to immigrants and marginalized communities. These programs help open opportunities that positively impact the community.
  • Virginia (Jean) Guiang-Santoro is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first and only Filipino woman to be given the well-deserved honour of the Order of Manitoba (2004). She is also a recipient of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award 2020. Jean is a well-known outstanding Filipino community leader in Winnipeg and her impressive contributions and selfless volunteerism have made positive impacts on the lives of Filipinos in Manitoba.
  • Dr. Crystal Paculan is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman to be licensed as a Chiropractor in Manitoba. In 2011 she broke the glass ceiling in this male dominated field, blazing the trail for Filipino women chiropractors. Her advocacy is to help people gain optimum health through chiropractic and to empower people towards optimal health and whole-body function.
  • Gina Trinidad is a 2022 Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman and visible minority at the senior executive level in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority where she currently holds the position of Chief Health Operations Officer for Continuing Care & Community Health Services. As a Registered Nurse, Gina leads multidisciplinary teams and her leadership has been instrumental in managing multiple transformational initiatives occurring in the health system, both at the regional and provincial levels.

Founded in 2016, Pinays Manitoba Inc. is a non-profit, registered community organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of Filipino women in Manitoba. It aims to highlight the Filipino women’s ability to be catalysts for change, build women’s capacity, support growth through training and inclusive organized activities. The vision and purpose of creating this group is to have a resource within the community to help support and guide Filipino women of all ages.