Sons and Daughters of Italy Gala 2020

Gala was Broadcast Live Online

We were excited to present the first Sons and Daughters of Italy Virtual Event on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

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The 2020 SDOI Gala, in support of the Clan Mothers Healing Village, featured greetings from our President, Berardino Petrelli, RBC Regional President Kim Ulmer, and various members of government.

This evening acknowledged and celebrated our Heart of the Lion award winner, Gerry Lomonaco. We were also honoured to hear from individuals from our charity of choice, Clan Mothers Healing Village.

SOI Gala 2020 is presented by:

A Message from the SDOI President, Berardino Petrelli

I would like to first thank each and everyone who purchased tickets or sponsorships and for your continued support to the Sons and Daughters of Italy (SDOI) and Clan Mothers – Healing Village, the 2020 SDOI Gala charity of choice. Over the last few months sponsors and ticketholders were contacted and were offered the opportunity to donate their sponsorship or ticket cost, in-whole or in-part, to SDOI to cover Gala expenses with additional proceeds donated to the Clan Mothers.

An overwhelming number have generously donated their sponsorships and ticket cost and to them we say THANK YOU for making this year’s SDOI Virtual Event possible. To those unable to make donations at this time, we also thank you and appreciate your continued support.

Our SDOI Virtual Event was held online and streamed through facebook live for everyone to see. 

Berardino Petrelli
President – Sons and Daughters of Italy – Garibaldi Lodge

Our 2020 Charity: Clan Mothers Healing Village

The 34th Annual Gala is in support of Clan Mothers Healing Village, a group of facilities that will provide mid-term to long-term support to women who have been victims of multi-generational trauma, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking as they begin their healing journey.

Clan Mothers will create an Indigenous model of healing and education focused on the restoration of our communities based on the matrilineal values and principles of their original self-governance systems.
Clan Mothers is committed to the creation of a contemporary, sustainable Healing Village governed by a distinctive Indigenous council (see aerial layout).

The heart and spirit of the Village is the resurgence of Indigenous methodologies and world views to heal the most important beings in communities across Canada, the mothers and daughters of the next generation.
Clan Mothers Objectives:

  1. To provide a safe and nurturing land-based healing environment for sexually exploited women and girls.
  2. To develop collaborative, innovative social enterprises that will sustain educate train and prepare our women for a healthy future.
  3. To have a knowledge centre that will facilitate the offering of programs through partnership
For more information on Clan Mothers Healing Village, please visit

Funds donated by the Sons and Daughters of Italy are allocated specifically to the Clan Mothers Healing Village Building Fund, to aid in the building of the Clan Mothers Healing Village. 

Honourary Chairs

Elder Mae Louise Campbell

Kristie Pearson-Pollard

Carmine Zirino

Heart of the Lion Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sons and Daughters of Italy "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has tirelessly given of themselves and has made significant contributions to the community. The "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award is a special honour bestowed by the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge.

At this year's virtual event, Gerardo "Gerry" Lomonaco will receive the Sons and Daughters of Italy "Heart of the Lion" Lifetime Achievement Award!  Please join us in congratulating Gerry on this prestigious award.

Join With Us!

The 34th Annual Sons of Italy Gala is again presented by our title sponsor RBC.  Kim Ulmer and her team at RBC have been tremendous supporters of our Gala for a long time.  As Title Sponsor, they have for many years shown their commitment to Sons and Daughters of Italy, our Gala and to the wonderful charities we have supported.

We need your help too!  It is through the participation of our valued sponsors that we raise the money that we use to support this year's Charity of Choice.  

Please check out our full list of last year's sponsors, and support them too, as they have supported us. 
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