Love it or loath it, there is just no getting around it. Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day folks, a day to commemorate ones love to another with chocolate covered strawberries, long stemmed red roses, teddy bears that say ‘I love you,’ bottles of bubbly, and various other heartfelt gifts. But, did you ever stop and ask yourself how this all came to be? And, why name this affection-filled day after a Saint?
Name: Jackie Lina Alexander Nickname: Jaxs Occupation: Bartender/studying to be a paralegal Age: 22 Generation: Second Mom’s side from: Fano, Pesaro and Urbino, Le Marche Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English
Name: Kristine Centis Jorge Nickname: Krissy, Kris Occupation: Masters student in notarial law Age: 27 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Figueira da Foz, Portugal Mom’s side from: Guglionesi, Campobasso, Molise and Villaorba, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Raised in: Montreal and Laval Speaks: English, French, Italian and Portuguese
Paula Di Noto was always fascinated by psychology, but it wasn’t until university that she discovered her true interest in the discipline: the brain. “It was very mysterious and there was a lot of uncharted territory, so my curiosity motivated me to get into the field of neuroscience specifically,” says the 28-year-old. The Toronto resident is a fourth year PhD Psychology student in the Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program at York University.
Nickname: Chef Occupation: Chef at Plaza Antique Age: 28 Generation: Third Dad from: Ripabottoni, Campobasso, Molise Mom from: Larino, Campobasso, Molise Raised in: Montreal Speaks: English, Italian and French