Mike Ianiro, with his unique energy and wide smile, contributes to the Italian/Canadian community of North Bay as an Executive Director at the Davedi Club.
Mike, with his brothers Domenico and Cosmo, was born in North Bay. The Italian connection is from his parents Tomasso and Domenica who emigrated in 1957 from San Pietro in Valle, Isernia. The economic climate in Italy was dreary and Tomasso found work easily in North Bay with Palangio bus lines, the bus station and later at the Civic Hospital. As a child Mike went to work with his father and played in the buses all day. He believes this led to his interest in transportation and his successful business, the Northern Airport Passenger Service. Northern Airport Passenger Service is a bus passenger service for business, medical and vacation travellers with door to door services. In comfortable Mercedes vans, it runs2 buses a day with departure and return points between North Bay and Gravenhurst going to or from Pearson airport.
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.