Michele Pellegrino

Photo by Liana Carbone

Nickname: Mike Occupation: Commerce student at Vanier College Age: 20 Generation: Second Dad from: Conca della Campania, Caserta, Campania Mom from: Bojano, Campobasso, Molise Raised in: Saint-Leonard Speaks: English, French, Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? Despite being an Italian-Canadian, I’m not a huge fan of coffee.

What’s the best thing about being Italian-Canadian? The food. Nothing beats a plate of homemade gnocchi. I feel privileged to be able to eat such good food so often.

What’s an Italian tradition you want to carry on? I want to carry on my family’s Christmas Eve tradition. The fried fish we have is what I look forward to every year. It’s wonderful to celebrate such an important day with my parents, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? I can’t live without having pasta in my weekly diet.

What movie title best describes your life? The Pursuit of Happyness because I’m currently in the pursuit of finding a career that will provide me with longtime happiness and financial security.

Favourite Italian expression: “Che sarà, sarà”—whatever will be, will be. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Whether the events we experience are positive or negative, they happen for a reason.

Photography by Liana Carbone, Makeup by Vanessa Davis