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Hamilton - Trieste Lodge

SOI Citizen Of The Year 2008 - Marita Zaffiro


On November 22, the Sons of Italy honoured Marita Zaffiro, as the Italian-Canadian Citizen of the Year at a gala evening attended by over 300 people. Marita Zaffiro, is a native of Hamilton and owns, operates and is president and chief executive officer of Marchese Health Care. She is well known in the province's healthcare sector, as well as in southern Ontario's business and philanthropic communities, for her leadership in pharmacy practice, her entrepreneurship, and her financial and volunteer support for numerous charities. Marita is also the third generation of the Zaffiro family to be honoured as the SOI Citizen of the Year, her father and grandfather have also been recognized for their contributions to the community

This year's Gala featured speeches by politicians and dignitaries that made for a wonderful evening. Among the many dignitaries in attendance were the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, MPP Andrea Horvath, MPP Sophia Aggelonitis, MP David Christopherson, and many others! Loris Pilot chaired the event and should be commended for organizing an amazing evening that featured a wonderful meal, good company, live performers, and DJ music for the dance. The Sons of Italy Executive would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Marita Zaffiro on her many accomplishments and on the success of the evening in its fundraising for charity.