The Calgary Italian Cultural Centre

Our Board Of Directors


Top row, left to right: Vince Scarpino, Demetrio Staffa, Mario Toneguzzi, Rick Festa, John Saliba, Lena Angelozzi, Randy Blasetti, Rafela Grossi
Seated, left to right: Carla Mosca, Adele Zuchetto, Luigi Audia, Teresa Daprocida

PRESIDENT

Luigi Audia

Luigi was born and raised in Calgary. His parents immigrated to Calgary from San Giovanni in Fiore, Calabria in the mid 1950’s. Luigi was first elected as a Director of the CICC in 2014, a position he held until elected President of the CICC in November 2021.

VICE PRESIDENT

Vince Scarpino

Fond memories of the Italian Cultural Center since I was child (Italian school, Italian dancing with Gli Azzurri) and building friendships along the way. I have worked for the City of Calgary the last 15 years, recently with various roles within Planning and Development.

Happily married to my wife for 3 years. We have recently opened a business together Face &Co.

TREASURER

Randy Blasetti

I am a CPA and Partner in Blasetti Broyles Bloxham LLP. I have been providing personalized professional services to clients in and around Calgary for over 33 years. With a lifelong passion for helping people achieve their goals, he aims to build lasting relationships with clients.

I have extensive experience handling family matters such as trusts, estate and succession planning, taxes and tax planning, business advisory, mergers, acquisitions, and the selling of businesses.

In all his professional endeavours, Randal treats his clients with the same care and respect with which he would hope to be treated. He also believes in giving back to the community; he currently serves on four not-for-profit association boards, and he volunteers for local fundraisers and functions whenever the opportunity arises. When not working or volunteering, Randal treasures time spent with family, three special grandchildren and friends and enjoys camping and hockey.

SECRETARY

Adele Zuchetto

My grandfather, Luca Carloni, was one of the founding members of the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre. My parents, Tony and Nina Valerio, were very active in the community as well. I was taught at a very young age to give back to the community. I have been on the board for 10+ years and have enjoyed working with and getting to know our members.

When I am not working, my husband, Dean, and I enjoy travelling, golfing and football (CFL and NFL).

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rafela Grossi

Married to Leo, now deceased, Mother of 2 and a Grandmother of 4, Rafela Grossi has acted as General Manager and now Executive Director of the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre since May, 1985.

Rafela has been so much more than just an employee. She has acted as our Ambassador for the past 38 years!

DIRECTOR

Lena Angelozzi

Lena Angelozzi is our Cultural Director. She served on the CICC board from 2003 to 2011 and decided to return in 2021 and is currently serving her second term.

Lena was born and raised in Calgary to Domenico and Elma Staffa who immigrated to Canada from Calabria in 1962. Lena has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years and in her spare time she enjoys gathering with family and friends.

DIRECTOR

Teresa Daprocida

I am a proud member and board member of the CICC for over 10 years and counting. I have 3 children who have been apart of many cultural organizations in Calgary, which has made me a glorified full-time volunteer! I love the Arts and look forward to celebrating our heritage on the stage.

DIRECTOR

Rick Festa

I am a third generation Italian, my Great Grandparents migrated to Canada in 1920 from Matera , Basilicatta to Toronto Canada. I am originally from Toronto and moved to Calgary in 1998 where I make this my home. I have an amazing wife Kimberly and two great kids Zachary and Tabitha.

I hope to share my 40 plus years in the construction and service industry to support the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre while sitting on the Board of Directors. It is a great honour that I hope to uphold.

DIRECTOR

Carla Mosca

Carla Mosca is our Director of Sports and Sporting Events and is serving her second year on the Board. Carla is a born and raised Calgarian, and her parents immigrated to Canada from the Region of Le Molise in the 1960’s. She has worked in the dental field for 31 years, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, walking her Golden Retriever, Polly, and spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.

DIRECTOR

John Saliba

Hello my name is John and am a born and raised Calgarian. My father immigrated here in 1957. I have been on the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre's board for over 6 years now.

I am married with 3 awesome kids and truly love spending time at the centre. Volunteering is so important, and I really enjoy helping out the community. The place is great, and the people are wonderful.

DIRECTOR

Demetrio Staffa

Demetrio Staffa is one of our Board of Directors for Sports and Sporting events. He has served on the CICC board in the past and decided to return in 2021 and is currently serving his second term. Demetrio was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1962.

For over 45 years Demetrio worked in the Construction and Ceramic tile industry and in his spare time enjoys playing Bocce and spending time with his family and friends.

DIRECTOR

Mario Toneguzzi

Mario Toneguzzi has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He now works on his own as a freelance writer for several national publications and consultant in communications and media relations/training.

Mario was named in 2021 as one of the Top 10 Business Journalists in the World by PR News - the only Canadian to make the list.

CALGARY ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE

Please contact Rafela at:

403 264-4133

info@calgaryitalianculturalcentre.com

For all enquiries related to the Centre or information and resources related to the Italian community


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Please contact John

403 560-6244

john@romacatering.ca

La Cantina Phone:

403 264-2032