National Congress of Italian Canadians, Edmonton District (NCIC)

The National Congress of Italian Canadians is a national organization founded in 1974 in Ontario and Quebec that seeks to promote and share Italian culture, language and traditions in the Canadian context. It comprises seven districts. The NCIC Edmonton District was founded in 1979 under the Alberta Societies Act and is a registered Canadian charity. Carlo Amodio was a founder together with Rudy Cavaliere, Joe Mazucca and Richard Biamonte. He was also the first President and current President. Other presidents in chronological order are Rudy Cavaliere, Tony Mazucca, Fausta McGee, Adriana (Albi) Davies and Sam Amelio.

Over the years, NCIC has been instrumental in supporting the creation of major activities within the Italian community and the community at large. It has participated in the Edmonton Heritage Days Festival through the running of the Italian Pavilion since its inception to the present.

Fundraising activities were undertaken for a range of relief efforts including Ethiopian relief. More than $300,000.00 was raised for Italian earthquake victims in Campania, which was matched by the Government of Alberta. Monies were raised for the donation of the waterfall structure in the Shaw Conference Centre for the City of Edmonton 75th anniversary. To celebrate the Province of Alberta's 100th anniversary, monies were raised for a monument designed by artist Giuseppe Albi. The monument was unveiled on the northwest corner of the Legislature Grounds on October 27th, 2007.

Among the most important outreach activities was the creation of Il Congresso Italian Newspaper (1986-2010). At the same time, NCIC organized numerous variety and talent shows to promote the young talent of the community. The most recent talent search was held June 9, 2012 at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre. This was organized by Vice-President Lina Filomeno-Melchionna. From 1986-92, the NCIC sponsored a classical music series at the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre frequently featuring the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. In January, 2013, it inaugurated the Amici della Musica concerts at the Santa Maria Goretti Community Centre. Other activities promoted human rights, and the preservation of Italian culture and language.

The NCIC actively partnered with the Heritage Community Foundation, a charitable organization led by Dr. Adriana (Albi) Davies, CM, PhD to create the Celebrating Alberta's Italian Community website. This is one of the 84 multimedia websites comprising the (Alberta Online Encyclopedia), which was gifted to the University of Alberta in 2009. This website includes excerpts from Italian community oral histories spanning over 20 years and can be found at the following URL:
http://wayback.archive-it.org/2217/20101215215929/http://www.albertasource.ca/abitalian/index.html

Revenues generated through Heritage Days operations are used to provide financial support to various Italian community societies and educational institutions including high schools and the University of Alberta.

National Congress of Italian Canadians (NCIC ) Board

  • Carlo Amodio, President
  • Lina Filomeno-Melchionna, Vice-President
  • Peter, Bruno, Treasurer
  • Jennifer De Stefanis-Dimas, Secretary
  • Rosetta Bossio, Director
  • Frank Capellano, Director
  • Antonella Cortese, Director
  • Paola Di Toppa, Director
  • Michelle Di Toppa, Director
  • Antonio Sorgiovanni, Director
  • Giuseppina Vecchio, Director
  • Massimo Verdicchio, Director
  • Salvatore Amelio, Past-President

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