It was my pleasure and my honour today to be raising the Italian flag at Guelph City Hall!
On behalf of the City of Guelph, I gave a warm welcome to over 35 guests visiting from the Comune of Altivole, and particular to Mayor Sergio Baldin.
The Twinning Agreement made it official, but for many decades before that, there were already strong ties between Guelph and Treviso.
Many members of Guelph’s large and vibrant Italian community came here from the Treviso region.
They settled here, raised families here, worked here, and opened businesses here. And, at the same time, they maintained and celebrated their Italian culture in their new home. That Italian culture is an important part of Guelph – and can be seen in such institutions as the Italian Canadian Club, where I’ll be having dinner together with them tomorrow night.
Welcome to Guelph! Benvenuto a Guelph!