Mark Paternostro

photography by Valeria Mitsubata, makeup by Monica De Las Casas Rosati, location Alta Moda Forniture

Nickname: Marco Occupation: Library Technician Age: 28 Generation: Second Dad from: Rende, Consenza, Calabria Mom from: Noranda, Quebec Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English, Italian and some French

Who do you speak Italian to? I speak Italian to my aunts, uncles and other members of my father’s side of my family. I speak Italian to my girlfriend’s family as well.

Passion: Reading, sports, long distance running and scuba diving – especially in the Caribbean

Goal in life: I aspire to be a major contributor in the field of education and to continue encouraging literacy among children and youth.

Who is your role model? Both my parents because they have instilled in me the value of hard work and compassion for others.

Most important family value: Love for one another

Do you identify as Italian-Canadian or Canadian-Italian? Canadian-Italian

What does Panoram Italia represent to you? It gives better insight into Italian culture and about individuals who have contributed to society in Italy and countries worldwide, especially Canada.

Best memory growing up Italian-Canadian: The family gathering on Christmas Eve at my Zia Carmela and Zio Luigi’s home

photography by Valeria Mitsubata, makeup by Monica De Las Casas Rosati, location Alta Moda Forniture