Nickname: Camel, Camillio, CC Occupation: Professor at Seneca College and Doctoral Candidate at Western University Age: 28 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Pescara, Abruzzo Mom’s side from: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Raised in: Mississauga Speaks: English
What would someone be surprised to know about you? I have never dated an Italian man—my wonderful boyfriend is not Italian! How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? Canadian cities are very cosmopolitan. Some traditions are evolving for the better, and we should embrace change. The goal is always for the next generation to do better than the last. What do you hope never changes? Food as a fixture for bringing people together—more wining and dining! Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: As a cheese aficionado, whether in cannoli or on poutine, I am grateful for all the ways cheese has entered my life. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” “Always listen to your dad,” says my dad! What job would you be terrible at? You don’t know until you try! What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? If I could eat pasta every day, I would. My nonna’s lasagna is unrivaled.