Barbara Castrilli brings her gentle appreciation of people to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Davedi where she has many Italian friends. Barb grew up in Nova Scotia thinking she had Irish roots from her mother’s family. When an Italian cousin of her father’s investigated the family tree, Barb and her siblings found out they were part of the Salterio family from Como and part of a book called “One Name, One Family”.
A more important Italian connection for Barb is her husband Giacinto (Jim) Castrilli who immigrated from Italy; he is a Molisano from Carpinone, Isernia. They met in North Bay, and have stayed here for over 50 years, taking trips back to Italy to show their family the heritage connections with that great culture.
Barb and Giacinto are very proud of their family; they have nurtured a group of young people who make a tremendous contribution to this Canadian city. Barb says “I am blessed. My daughters and grandchildren except for one have made roots here.” A cross stitched motto on the kitchen wall describes Barb’s welcome for the family: “A House is built by Human Hands. A Home is built by Human Hearts”. At every holiday throughout the year there is a full house with Michelina, Rita Ann, Donna, Carolina and their families and extended families and friends. Barb is always happy to care for her great grandchildren, on her days off that is, as she now works part time at Martyn Funeral home, quietly sharing her support and compassion in the office there.
Sandro was educated at Scollard Hall and Canadore College in North Bay and worked for Revenue Canada Agency for 36 years. During that time he volunteered for the Davedi as a Board member for more than 20 years, including Treasurer for 6 years. Since retirement he has been untiring in his efforts in cooperation with other volunteers. Cultural committee work includes 41 Italian cultural outreach events such as concerts with Zucchero, Rita Chiarelli and Domenic Mancuso. He takes the major responsibility for bingo fundraising to make these events possible. Ways and Means committee work includes Grape Stomping Festival, Anniversary Events and New Years Eve party. Sports committee work includes Golf Tournament facilitation. Friday Buffet Lunches are also part of his self selected responsibility. Finance committee work includes decision making about the business of the Club.
Why does Sandro continue volunteering for the Davedi Club for so long? He has a commitment to maintaining a proud Italian culture and to sharing that sense of family and friends he believes is fundamental to an Italian-inspired life. He gets great satisfaction from the camaraderie of the Davedi Club members, and doing practical things which make a difference.
Sandro is looking forward to future successful events. Every day he is available in the office to reserve the lovely Davedi Hall for wedding receptions and other social or business events.