Executive Board

The Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston is governed by an Executive Board, while day-to-day operations are managed by our Banquet Director.

Our Executive Board:

President ICC: Luigi Colangeli

Luigi has been a member of the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston. He joined the club to honour his
father after he passed in 2015, who had been a member of the club since its founding. Born in Brazil,
Luigi holds dual citizenship with Canada and Italy. Luigi demonstrated a passion for athletics from an
early age, holding the Kingston city record for the 100 and 200 metres in track, and playing as a
quarterback during his attendance at both Regiopolis Notre-Dame and Loyalist Collegiate and
Vocational Institute. He even went on to try out for the Ottawa Rough Riders football team. While
studying at Concordia University on Loyola Campus, Luigi was drafted by the Italian army due to his
dual citizenship and had to provide his school records as proof of studying in Canada and his
subsequent being unavailable to serve. Luigi earned his apprenticeship as a millwright at DuPont
Chemicals Company, and in his later years there he worked as a maintenance supervisor over a team. Luigi and his wife are both proud Kingstonians, and Luigi has continued to serve as a volunteer for
multiple organizations throughout his career, including serving on the Associate Board of Directors for the Greater Kingston AAA Hockey Association, the Executive Board for the Kingston Soccer League, three years as the President of the Church Athletic League, President of the DuPont Sports Association, the Board of Directors at the DuPont Credit Union, and the Board of Directors for the Touch Football League. Luigi is the proud father of two children and is currently enjoying his retirement by travelling with his wife, including a trip to Australia and New Zealand.

Vice President ICC: Santina Donini

Santina was born in Italy, where she ran a chocolate factory with her husband before immigrating to
Canada. After she and her husband came to Canada, they opened a chocolate factory in Belleville,
which they ran for an additional 38 years. After moving to Kingston, she joined the Italo-Canadian
Club of Kingston as a member in 2010. This is her second time serving on the executive board. When
she is not volunteering at the club, she is enjoying her retirement, and baking lots of homemade treats!

Treasurer ICC: Ceo Castellan

Ceo immigrated to Canada in 1957, at age 20, to join his brother, Giorgio, in Windsor. Initially, they had varied employment in the construction trade. He was asked to play soccer for The Cabotto Club in Windsor, who found him his first job. He permanently settled in Kingston in 1959 and became a
founding member of the Italian Club Soccer Team. In 1960-61 Ceo was part of a group of Italians that
discussed the formation of what is now The Italo Canadian Club. He is proud to say that he is one of the few remaining founders of the club. In those days people chipped in $100 to buy the land and this was organized by Marcello Spada. Mike Corsi helped organize the physical building of the Club and Ralph Ciara and Ceo did the footings and foundation under
his supervision. Nick Palumbo, Arduino Scarpazza and Gino Bidinot looked after the blocks with their employees. Lino Bonnuchi supplied all the food at lunch. There are, of course, many other members who helped, according to the trade they did. All the work was done on the weekends and took approximately 1 year. The Club started to operate as a place where Italians could gather and socialize, celebrate important family events and hold functions. The Trap and Skeet Club was founded in 1973 by Ceo, Dr. Gian Paloschi, Gabriel DiFederico and John Agazzi, with the permission of the main club, and is doing well today. For many years Ceo had a passion for trap shooting with other members of the Italian Community, and they participated in tournaments in the USA and Canada. Over the years Ceo attended most club functions and volunteered at many events. He has also been a member of several different committees since the inception of the club, including being a long-standing treasurer for seventeen consecutive years, and currently, he is on the Executive committee. “I think the most important thing in being one of the founders of the Italian Canadian Club is the sense of community that has been fostered amongst the Italian people of Kingston and area. It is a place that members can call their own and is one of the few clubs that has withstood the test of time!” Hobbies that Ceo enjoys include a passion for gardening, fishing, and cooking. enjoy the company of good friends, making his own wine, salami, sausage and preserving the bounty from his garden. Ceo has 3 beautiful daughters and (currently) 5 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret in 1972 and has been married to Ann-Louise since 1991. He and his wife enjoy taking cruises, travelling annually to their timeshare in Cancun as well as to his hometown Bassano del Grappa

Secretary ICC: Darcy Solimine

Counselors:

Mario Murano (Kitchen Committee)

Sandra Bonucchi

Ross Vendetti

Gino Algieri

Mike Circelli

Lina Venditti

About the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston

The Italo-Canadian Club is a reception, conference and banquet facility. We believe beautiful events can be accessible at any budget. That is why we remain one of the most affordable banquet halls in Kingston. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a large-scale celebration, we are the perfect choice for your special day. Known for amazing food, Italian hospitality, and a beautiful ballroom, we have grown since 1963. The original club building and the land we are on was purchased and built by the Italian community. To this day much of the work is done by our Italian volunteers. We remain dedicated to being a social centre for Italians and Canadians.

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