"The servant leader that fights for all Edmontonians"
Early Life & Career
Giselle grew up in a small mining village in Benguet province, Philippines. She and her brother became orphans after a fatal accident killed her parents and sister. In 2007, she was sponsored to Canada and moved to Edmonton in 2008. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta School of Business, and she works at a non-profit that gives free legal help to people in poverty.
Giselle’s remarkable journey is documented in several anthologies such as Gradual Rising of Women Project 150: Stories of 150 Immigrant Women, Paglalayag: the Philippines to Canada Journey Series, Home: Stories Connecting Us All, and Celebrating Immigrant Women in Canada: Stories of Hardship and Success.
In recent years, she served on the boards of the Rio Terrace Community League, Edmonton Transit Service Advisory Board, and Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. She volunteers as a columnist for the Alberta Filipino Journal and a seamstress for Boomerang Bags YEG and Edmonton Scrub Bags for Healthcare Workers. She contributes to medical causes by regularly donating blood at Canadian Blood Services and her hair for Hair Massacure, an annual Edmonton fundraiser supporting children with cancer.
Committed to Ward Sipiwiyniwak and Edmonton West
Giselle lives in the neighbourhood of Rio Terrace with her husband, younger brother and roommates. As someone unable to drive, she walks and takes transit to travel around the city and west Edmonton and this has influenced her view of the city. She strongly believes that everyone in Edmonton deserves a good quality of life and proper programs and services, no matter what type of home they have, how much money they make, or how they get around.