Talia Paone

Dad’s side from: Aprigliano, Consenza, Calabria Mom’s side from: Donnici Inferiore, Cosenza, Calabria Raised in: Hamilton Speaks: English and some Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I am a unique character! I played hockey at the university level, work in the corporate world and absolutely love to cook, bake and entertain.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? The Italian language may not be as prevalent. This “change” should not be perceived as negative as our Italian-Canadian traditions, passed down from our nonni, will forever live on.

What do you hope never changes? The undying pride we feel for all things Italian, including our traditions, our food and even our first and last names

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: Our home nation, Canada, warmly embraces Italian immigrants by allowing us to celebrate our culture.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? When hearing news, information or even gossip from someone else, my nonna always tells us, “Consider the source.”

What job would you be terrible at? Any job that requires me to be behind a computer screen all day. I would explode.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I have several people in my life who I consider cousins even though they are not relatives of mine.

Photography by Stephen Gaitan, Makeup by Camila Notari