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
Nickname: Ang, Angie, DQ Occupation: Telecommunications representative Age: 29 Generation: Second Dad from: Agnone, Campobasso Mom from: Ardore, Calabria Speaks: English, Italian, French Raised in: Ville Lasalle
Interview with Michaela Di Cesare, writer and actress of the play “8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived”.
Andrei Grigore remembers the first time he met his then girlfriend Monika Forte’s big Italian family four years ago. “I was at her house for her birthday and about 20 people were there,” he says. “It was hard to remember all the names of her zie, zii, nonni and cugini.”
For Cosmo Mannella, a recent family trip to Italy marked two milestones: the start of his younger daughter’s study abroad program in Siena and his formal retirement after dedicating 40 years to the labour movement. Decades after he left Serra San Bruno, Calabria, the 67-year-old was excited to show his children where he was born. “That was a real eye opener for them,” says the father of four. “It was mindboggling to think that they were standing in a place that’s withstood earthquakes, floods and war.”