Manuel da Silva was born in the Azores of Portugal on the island of Terceira and continues to have strong connections to his hometown. In 1971, his parents made the decision to immigrate to Canada calling Sarnia, Ontario their new home. He now calls Cambridge his home and has lived here since 1993. Manuel is proud of his Portuguese culture and he keeps his family traditions thriving here in Cambridge, Ontario.
Manuel is a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He and his wife, Marcie, have been married for thirty-five years and together have raised two wonderful children. They now enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren. Manuel recently celebrated twenty-five years of employment at Stainless Process Equipment (Mississauga) where he holds the position of General Manager. Stainless Process Equipment is a Canadian company that is a recognized leader in the design, fabrication and installation of sanitary process equipment and complete turnkey systems servicing the food, beverage, dairy, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.
Community involvement has been a passion of Manuel’s for many years, this led him to volunteer on school council, Cambridge Youth Soccer, Knights of Columbus and the Portuguese Club of Cambridge. In 2003, he put his name forward as a candidate for Waterloo Catholic District School Board Trustee and successfully earned his seat on the Board.
As a Trustee for the Waterloo Catholic DSB, Manuel has been on various committees such as governance, audit, special education, parent involvement, budget advisory, just to name a few. He has also served as Vice Chair from December 2008 to December 2010 and was elected as Chair of the Board from December 2010 to December 2012 and again from June 2014 to December 2016. Manuel has spent this time building strong relationships with his fellow Trustees, board staff, and the broader community. He advocates for education across Waterloo Region, supports student success and well being while representing and listening to the concerns of the community.
“For myself, being involved has always given me a sense of belonging and contributing to our community gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
Manuel has much respect for the late Frank Monteiro and truly appreciated his passion and dedication for our community and recognizes that he took his role on Cambridge City Council seriously and was fully committed to the job.
Manuel is running for Ward 7 because he would like the opportunity to serve and represent this great community and help to make decisions that will represent the best interest of not only the residents of Ward 7 but of all of Cambridge. The experience he gained as a Trustee as well as his current involvement with The Portuguese Club of Cambridge (Director) and past involvement with Cambridge Youth Soccer (Director of Mini Soccer Program & Vice-President) has prepared him to handle the role of councillor for Ward 7.