I was born in Cleto (Cosenza) and came to Canada in 1971 on a student visa. One year later I became a permanent resident. Prior to my arrival, I was an elementary teacher and came to Canada to further my studies and attend university. I have been actively involved in the Italian community. I participate in Italian Week, a was an active member for over ten years of “The Circolo Ricreativo Cleto” , an association of which I served as President for 2 years. Presently I am a member of the Executive Team of the National Congress of Italo-Canadians, District of Ottawa and board member of the Italo Canadian Historical Center. I am married and have 2 daughters. I have my dual citizenship and frequently visit my family in Italy.