Working to solve problems comes naturally to Julio Sison. For 23 years, the father of three, grandfather of seven, and husband to Lan, fixed broken machines as a Maintenance Technician for the Royal Bank of Canada. But before Julio immigrated to Toronto from the Philippines in 1973, this trained Mechanical Engineer worked in Vietnam for the United States Army as a power plant specialist. After settling in Canada, Julio felt the need to reach out to his tropical homeland, helping to create the Binalonan Community Association of Ontario and becoming its President. Through this group, Julio returned to his hometown of Binalonan, north of Manila, several times to build a school, and provide medical and dental service for three hundred impoverished residents. The organization has also donated food and clothing to people struggling to cope after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged parts of the country. They continue to offer assistance to the poor there.
Julio is also proud to be active as a senior in Scarborough, where he is a member of Choral and Rondalla groups and is Vice President of the Scarborough Ontario Seniors Association (SOSA).