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    Posted: Jun/22/2011 at 7:29am

Italian youth, it’s time to get Inspired

mariana ionova
22 June 2011 05:46

Simon Hayter/Torstar news service

Juno Award-winning singer Ivana Santilli.Inset: Enrico Colantoni, right as Sgt. Gregory Parker, in a scene from Flashpoint.

This weekend, ET Canada co-host Rick Campanelli and other prominent Italian-Canadians will share their stories of success and struggle as part of an event aimed at inspiring Italian youth.

Called Inspire 2011, it was organized as part of this month’s celebration of Italian heritage in the GTA and will feature five speakers who will share their experiences, provide guidance and take questions from youth.

The speaker panel includes actor Enrico Colantoni, Juno Award-winning singer Ivana Santilli, Globalive and WIND mobile chair Anthony Lacavera, and Liberty Entertainment Group president and CEO Nick Di Donato.

Luciano Volpe, the event’s founder, believes these experience-based talks can engage Canadian-Italian youth and teach them how to succeed in fields like art, entertainment and business.

“I find that kids respond more to experience and mistakes and how obstacles were overcome versus teaching from slides,” said Volpe, who teaches business part time at York University and the University of Toronto.

The initiative is geared toward Italian-Canadians aged 18 to 25, but the event is open to everyone and Volpe said he hopes it succeeds in inspiring some audience members.

“If we can reach one or two students with a valid message and arm them with more information and knowledge to make their own career choices, then I think we’ve done our job.”

Check it out
  •   When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  •   Where: Columbus Centre of Toronto, 901 Lawrence Ave. W.
  •   Price: Free, registration required due to limited seating
  •   Format: Each speaker has 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A
  •   For more information: visit
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