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March 19, 2009 16:14 ET

Government of Canada Announces Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee Members for Historical Recognition Projects

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2009) - Three members of the Italian community were named today to the newly formed Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee for the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), which commemorates wartime measures and immigration restrictions in Canada's past.

Senator Consiglio Di Nino made the announcement on behalf of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

The committee members will include Palmacchio (Pal) Di Iulio as chair, Roberto Perin as vice-chair and Joe Papa. Mr. Di Iulio, from Toronto, is president and chief executive officer of Villa Charities, the largest Italian-Canadian organization in Canada serving seniors and developmentally challenged adults. Dr. Perin, also from Toronto, is a professor of history at York University and author or co-author of several books. Mr. Papa, from Montreal, is a photographer/journalist for Corriere Italiano, a major Italian newspaper.

"These three individuals are leaders in the Italian community and have contributed greatly to their communities," said Senator Di Nino. "The advice they will be providing on the merit of eligible Italian-Canadian Community Historical Recognition Program projects will no doubt be extremely valuable to Minister Kenney."

The CHRP, created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government in 2006, is a grants and contributions program for community-based commemorative and educational projects related to historical wartime measures and immigration restrictions applied in Canada. A total of $5 million is available to the Italian-Canadian community for projects such as monuments, commemorative plaques, educational material and exhibits.

"This Government believes it is important for all Canadians to understand our history, including those unfortunate events that are inconsistent with the values of Canadians today. These important projects enable the communities affected to undertake meaningful commemorative and educational activities to ensure that their experiences are shared with others," said Minister Kenney.

Projects that meet the program criteria will be reviewed by the Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee, which will provide recommendations to the Minister through Citizenship and Immigration Canada program officials. Members are appointed for a two-year term with the option of an additional two-year term.

For bios on the three Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee members, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/backgrounders/2009/2009-03-19.asp

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