Monica Roche

Nickname: Mon Occupation: Marketing co-op student at Concordia Age: 21 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Ortona (Chieti), Abruzzo Mom’s side from: Aquasanta Terme (Ascoli Piceno), Marche Raised in: Montreal Speaks: English, French

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I love history documentaries and books. How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? I think that less people will be able to speak Italian and maintain traditions like canning tomatoes and making homemade pasta.

What do you hope never changes? The bond between Italian families and their community

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: The culture, family and the food

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “You can only go forward from here.”

What job would you be terrible at? A librarian

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I can’t go a week without eating pasta or pizza!

Photography by Liana Carbone Makeup Jennifer Low