SOI received Mayor Bowman's BIZ award for "Outstanding contribution to the West End Business Improvement Zone"
SOI at the grill making BBQ sausage for our 1st Italian Heritage Picnic
Our 2019 Challenge for Life team had 18 walkers raising funds for CancerCare MB
SOI volunteers about to serve dinner at Rossbrook House graduation.
Phil Chiappetta, Exec. Dir at Rossbrook House, gives 'thumbs up' to the grad dinner by SOI
SOI donates $100,000; with a matching donation from the crowd and $100,000 in auction donations, the gala raised $300,000 for the Bruce Oake Addictions Recovery Centre! WOW!
33rd Annual Gala was sold out, with over 1,200 attendees
Kim Ulmer, Regional President of RBC Royal Bank, our presenting sponsor, addresses the crowd
Member and past-president, Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam, was given the coveted Vince Bova Award
One of our newest members, Stephanie Zirino, gives the toast to Italy and Canada
Father Sam is awarded the Sons of Italy Heart of the Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.
Reno Augellone (President, Dante) accepts a donation of $10,000 to the Dante Alighieri Italian language school from Dino Petrelli (President, SOI)
Darcy Oake performs amazing feats of magic
Scott Oake talks about Bruce Oake and the addiction recovery centre named after him
An auction of donations in support of the Bruce Oake Addictions Recover Centre raised $100,000
SOI members relax at the after-party and toast to a successful Gala #33!
The Friday night President's Reception is a special thank you to our sponsors and charity.
Gala Honourary Co-chairs Susan Millican and Ann Oake, Mario Posillipo (Gala Chair), Scott Oake (Honourary Co-chair) and Dino Petrelli (SOI Garibaldi Lodge President)
A special treat - the amazing Lara Secord-Haid sings opera to the guests
Past President Tom De Nardi accepts the President's Ring for his service to SOI
SOI Past Battle: Travis Giavedoni & Dino Petrelli vs George Sotiriadis & Lou Caci (the winners!)
Christmas Eve Feast volunteers are ready for the doors to open to guests
Santa was busy
400 child gifts and over 300 food hampers at the ready
Police chief Danny Smyth, police constables and cadets joined in to serve the turkey dinner
Plates were full at this, our 13th annual Christmas Eve Feast
Volunteers on hand just before we start serving the 800 dinners
SOI cuts the cake for Rossbrook House graduates
Lino and Joe preparing the steaming hot pasta for Oak Table
SOI is awarded "Outstanding Service Organization" award
Our team of walkers for Challenge for Life

2020 Gala will be online Saturday Oct 3 at 7 pm

Missed our virtual Gala?  You can still watch it:
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[More Gala info]

Student Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2019 student Legacy Award winners:  Mariella Cianflone and Gianfranco Leuzzi in the university category, and Rosario Vassallo in the trades category!  Congrats also to Payton Chan - winner of the Lupa scholarship!

[Legacy awards and pictures]
[Lupa awards and pictures]

Award Announcement

Award will be presented at our 2020 Gala

[Award story]

Mayor Bowman presents SOI with BIZ Award

SDOI received Mayor Bowman's BIZ award for "Outstanding contribution to the West End Business Improvement Zone".



SDOI has 18 walkers this year in the annual Challenge for Life walk, raising over $23,000. This makes a total contribution of over $325,000 in our 8 years of participation.

[story and pics]

SOI Feeds Rossbrook's House Grads

120 graduates and their families enjoyed pasta dinner served by Sons and Daughters of Italy volunteers happy to make this special day even more memorable.

[story and pics]

Gala raises $300,000 for addition recovery centre

The 33rd Annual Sons and Daughters of Italy Gala was a great success, feeding and entertaining 1,200 attendees while raising $300,000 for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre!!

[Gala Story]
[Gala Photos]
[President's Reception Photos]

2019 Vince Bova award to Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam

The coveted Vince Bova Award was presented at our 2019 Gala to a totally surprised member: Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam. Congrats Tat -- well deserved!


Another SOLD OUT Gala!

Our 33rd Annual Sons of Italy Gala Dinner is officially SOLD OUT at over 1,200 attendees.  Those with tickets will enjoy an outstanding dinner, dancing and an amazing show by renowned illusionist Darcy Oake!
[Gala details]

Garibaldi Lodge Open to Women Members

In a transformative move, the Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge has changed a 33 year tradition and will now allow female members.  We look forward to a new era in serving our community.

[press release]


Welcome to our Newest Members:

Caitlin Chilelli

Mariella Cianflone

Joe Cimino

Alessandro Guzzardi

Favourite Quote:

"I can’t thank you enough for the way you bring celebration to our celebration!" 

- Phil Chiappetta (Co-Executive Director, Rossbrook House) about SOI's involvement in their graduation dinner.
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