2022 SDOI Legacy Award winners Marisa Ranieri and Mickey Leuzzi receive their $2,000 from President Mario Posilipo and Legacy Chair Caitlin Chilelli
Pasta Cook-off teams and De Nardi staff
SDOI received Mayor Bowman's BIZ award for "Outstanding contribution to the West End Business Improvement Zone"
SDOI at the grill making BBQ sausage for our 1st Italian Heritage Picnic
Our 2019 Challenge for Life team had 18 walkers raising funds for CancerCare MB
SDOI volunteers about to serve dinner at Rossbrook House graduation.
Phil Chiappetta, Exec. Dir at Rossbrook House, gives 'thumbs up' to the grad dinner by SDOI
SDOI donates $100,000; with a matching donation from the crowd and $100,000 in auction donations, the gala raised $300,000 for the Bruce Oake Addictions Recovery Centre! WOW!
33rd Annual Gala was sold out, with over 1,200 attendees
Kim Ulmer, Regional President of RBC Royal Bank, our presenting sponsor, addresses the crowd
Member and past-president, Tat-Liang Fabio Cheam, was given the coveted Vince Bova Award
One of our newest members, Stephanie Zirino, gives the toast to Italy and Canada
Father Sam is awarded the Sons of Italy Heart of the Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.
Reno Augellone (President, Dante) accepts a donation of $10,000 to the Dante Alighieri Italian language school from Dino Petrelli (President, SDOI)
Darcy Oake performs amazing feats of magic
Scott Oake talks about Bruce Oake and the addiction recovery centre named after him
An auction of donations in support of the Bruce Oake Addictions Recover Centre raised $100,000
SDOI members relax at the after-party and toast to a successful Gala #33!
The Friday night President's Reception is a special thank you to our sponsors and charity.
Gala Honourary Co-chairs Susan Millican and Ann Oake, Mario Posillipo (Gala Chair), Scott Oake (Honourary Co-chair) and Dino Petrelli (SDOI Garibaldi Lodge President)
A special treat - the amazing Lara Secord-Haid sings opera to the guests
Past President Tom De Nardi accepts the President's Ring for his service to SDOI
SOI Past Battle: Travis Giavedoni & Dino Petrelli vs George Sotiriadis & Lou Caci (the winners!)
Christmas Eve Feast volunteers are ready for the doors to open to guests
Santa was busy
400 child gifts and over 300 food hampers at the ready
Police chief Danny Smyth, police constables and cadets joined in to serve the turkey dinner
Plates were full at this, our 13th annual Christmas Eve Feast
Volunteers on hand just before we start serving the 800 dinners
SOI cuts the cake for Rossbrook House graduates
Lino and Joe preparing the steaming hot pasta for Oak Table
SOI is awarded "Outstanding Service Organization" award
Our team of walkers for Challenge for Life


Sons and Daughters of Italy is proud to announce its 35th annual Gala presented by RBC.  It will be held on March 18, 2023.

It will be the event of the year -- hope you purchased your ticket in time.

[gala info]

Congrats to our SDOI Legacy Scholarship Winners

Congrats to Marisa Ranieri and Mickey Leuzzi, our 2022 SDOI Legacy Award winners, receiving a cheque of $2,000 each to further their education.



Our Sons and Daughters of Italy Legacy Fund -- financing annual student scholarships in perpetuity -- gives you a way to contribute to the leaders of the future and create a tax deduction.

[tax deduction details]

ENCORE Social - Nov 10

The ENCORE event was a packed by a fun group, with great music, dancing food, and drinks at the Centro Caboto



Our 2022 Golf Tournament was a huge success, so now it is time to plan for 2023.


2021 Scholarship Winners

SDOI proudly announces the 2021 Legacy Scholarship winners: Danielle Hermann (left) and Annika Zirino.


PM issues apology for Italian Canadian internments in WWII

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers an apology in the House of Commons for the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War. 

[Story and Video]

Encore Virtual Event

"Encore 2021" online event was a huge success!


2020 Gala

Missed our virtual Gala?  You can still watch our virtual gala on the SDOI Youtube channel.
More Gala info]

Award Announcement

Award was presented at our 2020 Gala

[Award story]

Mayor Bowman presents SOI with BIZ Award

SDOI received Mayor Bowman's BIZ award for "Outstanding contribution to the West End Business Improvement Zone".


SOI Feeds Rossbrook's House Grads

120 graduates and their families enjoyed pasta dinner served by Sons and Daughters of Italy volunteers happy to make this special day even more memorable.

[story and pics]

Garibaldi Lodge Open to Women Members

In a transformative move, the Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge has changed a 33 year tradition and will now allow female members.  We look forward to a new era in serving our community.

[press release]


  • We take the summer off to spend time with our families. See you back in September!




Donate to our Scholarship funds or to our work in the community.

Favourite Quote:

"I can’t thank you enough for the way you bring celebration to our celebration!" 

- Phil Chiappetta (Co-Executive Director, Rossbrook House) about SOI's involvement in their graduation dinner.
Order Sons of Italy, Garibaldi Lodge Incorporated 

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