Julia Contenta

by Liana Carbone

Nickname: Jules, Julie and, most frequently,“Misssss!” by my students Occupation: Teacher Age: 26 Generation: I’m both second and third generation Italian Dad from: Patrica, Frosinone, Lazio Mom from: Castelpetroso, Isernia, Molise Raised in: Montreal Speaks: English, French, Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I played competitive soccer until I was 18; I hated to read as a kid but later earned a Master’s in English literature; I like watching scary movies alone in the dark.

How will Italian culture change in Canada over the next 10 years? I fear the Italian language will slowly disappear. If we lose the language, we will lose the culture, and inevitably, the connection to our past.

What do you hope never changes? I hope grandparents continue to fill their basements with tomatoes in September.

Best thing about being Italian-Canadian: The hybrid identity we’ve developed: Italian, Canadian and Québécois, all rolled into one. And the homemade food.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom always gives great advice. While growing up, she would say to me:“Never let anyone dull your sparkle.”

What job would you be terrible at? An accountant—I’m pretty terrible at math.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I’m loud—but I now call it “my teacher voice,” which is acceptable, right?

Photography by Liana Carbone, Makeup by Vanessa Davis