"My father represented an era of people, a group of immigrants who came to this great country and created the foundation for people like myself and many of us today. We would not be anywhere if it was not for the sacrifice and the hard work of those before us. Earlier this evening I had the opportunity to speak to many of you.. I met an Iranian woman, a woman here from India, portuguese people here this evening, Italian... that is the beauty of Canada, the mosaic of everyone of us in this room. That level of tolerance, that level of working closely and accepting each other with the common goal of making Canada the best place to live."

LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada, Joseph S. Mancinelli, receives the Premio Abruzzo Award from the Federzione Abruzzese di Hamilton