Alessandra D’Onofrio

Nickname: Aless Occupation: Accounting graduate from John Molson School of Business and CPA candidate Age: 23 Generation: Third Dad from: Montesarchio (Benevento), Campania Mom from: Panni (Foggia), Puglia Raised in: Sainte-Thérèse and Saint-Léonard Speaks: English, French and Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? When I was younger, I participated in Miss Teen Quebec as a way to overcome my shyness and be more outgoing.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? Our traditions will have a modern twist. Our pasta Sundays will become whole-wheat pasta with organic tomatoes.

What do you hope never changes? I hope my generation and future generations pass on the traditions brought over from our grandparents and great grandparents to their children.

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: Going to a wedding and enjoying typical Italian food (lasagna, ossobuco) while looking forward to the midnight table filled with poutine and sushi.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what counts is how many times you stand up again.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? The key to my heart is pasta. I could eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I was younger, my parents brought me to McDonald’s, and I had a tantrum because I wanted pasta instead.

photography by Vincenzo D’Alto, makeup by Natasha Pereira, location Signorvino