Melissa D’Alessandro

Nickname: Meli, Mé, Melissa La Molisana Occupation: Bank manager Age: 31 Generation: Second Dad from: Torella Del Sannio, Campobasso, Molise Mom from: Pietrabbondante, Isernia, Molise Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English and Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I’m always planning my next vacation. In the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit 20 different countries.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? I believe Italian-Canadians will embrace more of the Western lifestyle.

What do you hope never changes? I hope we continue to gather with family and friends to produce delicious homemadesugo, tasty wine, hearty sausages and so many more staple items that we enjoy indulging in.

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: Canada is a very welcoming country and is open to keeping our Italian culture alive through festivals,concerts,food,music and TV programs, which are available to everyone. I’m so proud to be Italian-Canadian!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Surround yourself with people better than you.

What job would you be terrible at? Veterinarian

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I’ve been told I tend to use my hands when I talk.

Photography by Stephen Gaitan, Makeup by Camila Notari