Multiculturalism Around the World: International Perspectives

Multiculturalism Around the World: International Perspectives Packs the House to Raise Funds for the Victims of the Earthquake in Abruzzo and the Italian-Canadian Museum.

The show featured Sabrina Di Marco who both produced and shared observations, stories, and song from her travels illustrating the dynamics of multicultural models in countries such as: Sri Lanka, Brazil, Italy, Guyana, and Canada. Sabrina was accompanied by friends: Oriental Dancer Chemagne Martin of Chemagne Dance and Operatic Tenor Anthony Macri. Sabrina’s own biculturalism was represented as the show opened with members of the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association dressed in traditional wop dwiet, and the Italian military Berseglieri, Caribinieri, and Alpinini dressed in uniform. 120 audience members were welcomed by all three levels of government and community leaders who now serve as: Minister of Culture and Immigration for Ontario, Mayor for the City of Vaughan, and Vaughan’s Regional Councillor. Refreshments were offered by many of the show’s invaluable sponsors. All was captured and shared with the community by local print and television media in attendance throughout the performance.

Project Vaughan Conference

The Case of the Italian-Canadian Museum is Presented during the Project Vaughan 2 Conference at York University.

The experiences of this young museum were shared at the conference entitled Connecting Communities; Culture, Citizenship, and Participation. The conference was co-produced by: Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, Founder’s College, York University, and the City of Vaughan. Vice-President of the Museum, Sabrina Di Marco, and its Curator/Manager, Lucy Di Pietro, presented the Italian-Canadian Museum’s achievements, challenges and opportunities ahead. It compared and contrasted against other culturally driven museums such as the: the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Ukrainian Museum, St. Mark’s Coptic Museum, the Gendai Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, and the Canadian Museum of Hindu Civilization.

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CES Ontario Conference

CIDA Evaluations – Policy in Practice shares the experiences of Canada’s Major Funder of International Development with the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society at its Annual Conference.

This industry association talk was directed to fellow members of the evaluation community. It informed audience members with a detailed understanding of evaluation processes and objectives held by Treasury Board and their application by the Canadian International Development Agency.  Sabrina presented an address that she co-authored with her C.A.C. International colleague Harley Johnson. The audience was left with information that could benefit their own evaluations and business growth.

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Project Vaughan Conference 2

The Voice of Immigration’s Second Generation is reported at the Project Vaughan Conference.

Sabrina presented early work on a paper she is co-authouring with Francie Romano; The Second Generation: An Evolution in Culture. The conference was produced by the Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at York University and hosted by Councillor Tony Carella of the City of Vaughan.

Excerpts from the presentation:

Canadians born from Italian parents are becoming increasingly responsible for the future of the Italian culture in Canada.   They are being called upon to define the next iteration of Italian-Canadian identity and how successive contributions and status will continue to be made and enjoyed.  The Vaughan community of Italians has nurtured them with excellence in areas including: entrepreneurship, politics, the arts, and media. Their lineage is descendent from a group of hard-working, fun-loving, and family-oriented people.  What will be said of the achievements and character of the second generation?

Over the past 20 years Vaughan has become the primary venue for Italian-Canadian life, wherein Italian immigrants have built an intricate web of businesses, social clubs, bocce teams, and influence. How will these efforts continue to survive with their successors? What traditions will be kept?  In what ways will the community come together and in what ways will it contribute to this dynamic country? Using a Vaughan/Italian community lens, this paper will discuss the existing structures that propagate the Italian-Canadian culture. While fully recognizing the emotional connections to ancestry, language, and land that permeate any discussion of culture, the paper will address domestic configurations for:  the arts, business associations, political representation, media, and mentorship. It will also confer upon the current relationship between Italy and Italo-Canadians. Such ties include: voting rights, real estate interests, trade, tourism and study, and municipal recognitions.

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