My name is Francesco Palermo and I was born in Palazzo San Gervasio (PZ), on November 21, 1954. I immigrated to Canada in 1971at the age of 16. I married Giuliana in 1975 and have three wonderful children and am the proud grandfather of four grandchildren. Through hard work and know-how I started and managed Bemac Auto Body for 37 years. By providing quality workmanship, the company expanded to four locations in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. My management and people skills helped to build a successful company, presiding over and managing over 50 employees. I was also a member of the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association for over 10 years. Since my retirement, I have been at the service of Ottawa’s Italian community as a member of the COMITES. Through the committee I am pleased to represent all Italian-Canadian citizens of Ottawa at various levels of the Italian government in the preservation and promotion of Italian language and culture.