Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association - Micba
Position: Manager founder
Biography: Founding member and one of the driving forces behind MICBA, Carmela pursued her dreams to help bring to life an organization that provides affordable housing, daycare and other services for seniors in the community. Today, her dream is realized with a 133 unit residential complex for low income families, 60 residential units for independent living seniors, a daycare for 85 full-time children with a before and after school-age program; a social services office for seniors and a 160 bed long-term care home. The organization now employs over 300 staff. Carmela has special involvement with other Organizations such as the Sunshine Dreams for Kids, the C.PP.S. Mission project helping to build windmills and schools in Tanzania and Caritas School of Life. Carmela is not only a commissioner of oaths, but has been recognized with such honours as: The Civic Award of Recognition, The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, Volunteer Service Awards, The honour of Cavaliere, Ordine della Stella della Soldarieta’ Italian, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism in Ontario, being one of only twelve people recognized from across the province.