Italian department at Queen’s University gets a lifesaver: Italo-Canadian community in Kingston bands together to salvage language courses
By Concita Minutola
Excerpt from: Corriere Tandem December 18, 2009.
Full article at: http://www.corrieretandem.com/viewstory.php?storyid=9692
The “Give the Queen a Hand” Project – a plan of action for the Italian community suggested by Consul General Gianni Bardini to salvage Italian courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, has received the support of the Italo-Canadian Club of Kingston.
“Let’s hope the university reconsiders the proposed budget cuts that would not only affect the youth but also adults wishing to take courses,” says club president Luciana Carfa. The consul general proposes a community effort to hire a teacher for the Spanish and Italian departments, directed by Donato Santeramo, which have been hit by heavy funding cuts this year. “We’re ready to help Prof. Santeramo by offering our club headquarters to host fundraising initiatives, such as a dinner,” says Carfa. “The presence of the consul or mayor at such an event could be useful for promoting this campaign.”