Amanda Pannunzio

Nickname: Ama, Manda, Mandy Occupation: Paralegal in the general practice of law and future regulated Canadian immigration consultant certified by ICCRC Age: 21 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Agnone (Isernia), Molise Mom’s side from: Panni (Foggia), Puglia Raised in: Montreal-North and Rivière-des-Prairies Speaks: English, French and Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I haven’t yet been to Italy. It’s an upcoming plan though!

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? I believe the Italian language will probably be less known and/or less-spoken by the newer generations. Let’s encourage the Italian language as a mother tongue!

What do you hope never changes? I hope the importance of valuing family and the delicious food never changes.

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: Living the best of both worlds! What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Do what makes you happy, be with someone who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.

What job would you be terrible at? I would be terrible at any job requiring my honest opinion. What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? To always be well dressed; stay classy, look polished and well put together.

Favourite fashion icon: Olivia Palermo and Coco Chanel