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CHILDHOOD

My name is Angelo Bentivegna. I was born in Siculiana Marina, Sicily in Italy, an area where vegetated farmlands and the Mediterranean Sea meet. I am the middle child of three boys. My dad Giuseppe, was an orphan at a young age and my mom Maria, was one of five children. My parents grew up during the war and neither were educated beyond the third grade. In 1957, they embarked on a long ocean journey with two young boys in hopes of creating a better life in Canada. Our ship sailed into Halifax. Then we made our way to Montreal, which became our home for all of my youth.

Point St. Charles, a community in Montreal where I grew up, was arguably one of the toughest neighborhoods in Canada, with high unemployment and crime. In order to be able to purchase a home, both my parents needed to work two jobs. Throughout those challenging times, I had an incredibly positive experience playing hockey and football in my community with friends that to this day we still keep in touch!. At the age of fourteen, I found employment selling newspapers and various other jobs, enabling me to contribute in the financial support of my family.

I was educated in Montreal at Loyola University in the arts program and later at McGill University, Faculty of Education. My post secondary education was only possible because of a generous employer who paid for my tuition etc. In my final year at McGill I successfully ran and became President of the Student Faculty of Education in 1976.

 

MY FAMILY

I married my high school sweetheart Diane, a retired teacher who worked for the Halton Catholic District School Board for 30 years.  We have four children: two daughters, Mia (married to Steven) is a high school vice-Principal with the Halton Catholic District School Board.  Angela has been a trainer at Guide Dogs in Oakville for the past 10 years and an activist for animals in captivity. My two boys: Michael is a teacher with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, (just married (July 20th) to a beautiful lady Kristin), and coaches Midget AAA hockey. Robert (also coaches Mideget AAA) is a passionate hockey individual who works with professional hockey players, individuals and teams improving their overall skills through innovative approaches to Power Skating Techniques. He is a text book millennial who has created a business niche in a space that he truly lives & breathes each and every day! (he has worked in Canada, U.S.A. and Czech Rep). Finally, we have two granddaughters; Lauryn & Ava, both with incredible smarts, spunk and attitude.  

Our family has lived in Ward 6 for over 25 years. Our children have attended and graduated from St. Timothy's Elementary and Notre Dame Catholic high school in Headon Forest. Our grandchildren are now attending school at St. Timothy's.

Diane and I love living in Ward 6. It is the perfect location for our family. It has many parks, recreational facilities, choices for schools, variety for shopping and restaurants.

A little about character

In December 2009, Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer. In January 2010 Diane had undergone surgery to remove the tumor and began a regime of chemotherapy and radiation which proved to be successful. Our family wanted do something special to thank our physicians, nurses, caregivers and the hospital. We decided to purchase a piece of equipment that would detect early signs of breast cancer. In 2011 we created a committee with family, friends, the business community, and many individuals that were willing to help. "Beauty and the Bistro" was established and a plan was created...This event was a "no cost" fundraising evening with local restaurants and wineries donating all food, beverages and services. Our goal was to purchase a "State of the Art" Digital Mammography unit with a Biopsy attachment over a three year plan. The goal to reach was $450,000.00.  In 2012 we raised $75,000.00. In 2013 we raised $101,000.00 plus $88,000.00 on a Bobby Orr autographed Bruins color Corvette that was raffled courtesy of Mr. Doug Leggat and the Leggat Auto Group. 2014 our final year,we raised the balance to achieve our goal: $450,000. Our committee is pleased to say that the equipment was delivered and installed at Joseph Brant Hospital in 2014.

As each special family gathering arrives, we are reminded how fortunate we are and truly filled with gratitude. Joseph Brant Hospital helped give us the greatest gift of all...the gift of health. This state of the art equipment will save lives in our Community.  Wishing you...the same gift!

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PASSIONATE, PERSISTENT, PRODUCTIVE 


Committee to Elect Angelo Bentivegna
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