Lena Fedeli was born in North Bay, the fifth of six children to Antonio and Teresa Fava, who immigrated to Canada from Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, Calabria in the late 1920s.
Passionate, dedicated and straight-forward by nature, Lena has always fervently embraced “all things Italian”.
Following primary education at St. Mary’s Elementary School, Lena completed the business program at the North Bay Business College, where she discovered a natural inclination for book-keeping and other commercial tasks. This served her well in her role in the family businesses that lasted over 4 decades – partnering with her late husband Hub Fedeli – beginning with Hub’s Hilltop Variety, to Triple “A” Trophies, Caesar’s Novelty Buttons, The Wood Place and Mirror Printing – the latter of which inspired Lena to return to Canadore College where she completed the Offset Printing Program in 1982. This entrepreneurial spirit permeated the business and influenced the Fedeli family. In 1992, after the Vittorio Fedeli Business Centre at Nipissing University was opened with funds raised and donated by Vic Fedeli, a media comment was ”one of the most entrepreneurial of North Bay families has achieved lasting recognition”.
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.