SANTINI HONOURED BY VILLA MARCONI
was born in Italy and came to Canada, at the age of 12 12.
He literally spoke no English as he entered Grade 7, yet 6
years later, in Grade 13, he was head boy at St. Pius X. When
his family arrived in Ottawa, Pat, his parents and 5 siblings
lived in a basement apartment on Irving Street on the outskirts
of Little Italy. The 6 siblings shared 1 bedroom and 1 bed.
Both parents worked to keep food on the table and Pat immediately
took a paper route, the revenue from which he used to pay
the tuition a St. Pius, the school he was determined to attend.
That same determination led him on to university and law school
at the University of Ottawa. After graduation from Law School
at Ottawa U, Pat worked at Hughes Laishley, doing exclusively
insurance law. He was later courted, wined and dined, not
by his wife Leslie, but by Larry Kelly. Word out is that Larry
Kelly spent more time recruiting Pat than he did recruiting
Steve Yzerman and Doug Gilmour combined.
has never forgotten his roots. He loves to visit his home
in the little town of San Giovanni in Fiori in the mountains
of Calabria and when he does he stays in the very home he
grew up in. I can just imagine him sitting there in the evening
with a litre of vino de casa. When I first spoke to Pat about
introducing him he said, "Lawrence, you know me, warts
and all but go easy on the warts." I said "Pat warts?
Who knows you have any warts. By 9:30 in the morning you have
a 5 o'clock shadow, who can see your warts?" While speaking
to lawyers, judges, old law school classmates I received comments
about Pat like: " he should be on the short list for
canonization" , " he's so exciting and controversial
and daring... Not! " , " he should be the main character
in a book called 50 Shades of Beige " I should tell you
that I tried getting stories from many sources but the fact
is that outside of his kids, his wife, wine, carpentry, athletics,
music, soccer, law, community, playing guitar, travel and
all things Italian, he doesn't really have any interests.
In truth, he's boring.
and Larry Kelly have built one of the most respected law firms
in the country but I have to say that Pat has really got the
travel bug. He has assembled a team of excellent people to
replace him in his absences which are frequent.
gets along with everyone in our court system, support staff,
lawyers and judges - in fact one judge I spoke to, told me
about a trip to Italy where the persuasive Pat managed to
have the judge massaging his back on a daily basis, in a public
place, restaurants, parks, and on street corners. Fortunately
neither Pat nor the Judge were arrested. Pat is an amazing
vinophile who believes "in vino veritas". Unfortunately
he is in the process of drinking the terrific collection he
has assembled over the years as he gets ready to move to the
Pat having to drink all that wine. Any of you been invited
to his cellar lately? So in the categories of wine, women
and song, we've done wine, we'll move to song. Pat, if you
don't know this, is an accomplished musician. He plays guitar
and sings and if you get enough grappa into him HE actually
thinks he's good. I've had the misfortune of hearing Pat insist
on playing a guitar with 3 strings missing and the ones that
were there, were out of tune.
Pat's adventures and interests have been supported by his
loving wife Leslie for many years. Their dedication to their
3 very individual kids, Scott, Lauren and Adam is a model
for us all.
Pat is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist
in civil litigation. He is a guest lecturer and seminar leader
in insurance law and trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa.
He has been an Instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada's
Bar Admission Course for the Civil Procedure, Professional
Responsibility and Advocacy courses He is the Past president
of the Risk Management Counsel of Canada.
2012, Pat received the Ontario Bar Association's Award for
Excellence in Insurance Law and was admitted to the International
Association of Defence Counsel.
am very proud of my classmate and close friend Pascuale Santini.
He has been a champion for those who face the challenges of
Crohn's, Colitus, and Colo- rectal cancer, tirelessly raising
funds for research and treatment of the 3C's.
has enabled his law firm Kelly Santini to become one of the
leading supporters of the Special Olympics. And his community
commitment is reflected in the tremendous contributions made
by each and every one of the lawyers at his firm.
for Villa Marconi, I expect that now that Pat has picked out
a condo on the top floor, he will continue his support of
this residence. He has always been there to support the essential
charitable work that is the lifeblood of our community. I
am privileged to introduce you to my close friend, a terrific
lawyer and most of all, a great human being.
our current age of anxiety and uncertainty, I think of Italy,
the land of la dolce vita, and it reminds me that the most
important things in life are always close at hand, a home
cooked meal , a glass of wine, the comfort and company of
good friends and family, and that is all here tonight for
me. Grazie mille, thank you so much for being here to support
me and the Villa Marconi.
i want to thank the organizing committee for granting me this
great honour. It is very humbling for me to stand here and
receive this knowing that there are so many worthy candidates,
but i am happy that you chose me.
I want to thank my wonderful and beautiful wife and family
for the support they have given me all of my life. This is
a testament to you and not just to me. It is a team award.
And speaking of teams, I would be remiss if i did not mention
the great support i have received from my partners, associates
and staff at Kelly Santini. You have been there for me in
good and bad times. Thank you. There are so many people to
thank and for fear of forgetting anyone, you know who you
are, and I thank you all.
was taught early that when you are given the podium you should
use the opportunity to make a difference. Today I want to
talk to you about leadership In our Italian Community. The
leadership of today and the leadership of tomorrow.
great American author William Faulkner wrote that "tomorrow
began 10,000 years ago", meaning that the seeds of today
and tomorrow were planted long ago and that the leaders of
today and tomorrow were groomed by their predecessors.
consider our parents' and grandparents' generation the greatest
generations ever in the world. Generations that fought wars
and made peace.
may argue that to fight wars means they also created them,
but that cannot be said of those generations. Those wars were
brought upon them by tyrants the likes of Stalin and Hitler.
They were given no choice but to defend themselves and attack.
And yet at the end of the wars even when they won they ensured
prosperity for the losers by rebuilding their countries. Look
at Japan and Germany today.
is no argument that they were forgiving in success and that
is what sets them apart from other generations and to me they
remain the greatest generations ever. Our parents' and grandparents'
generations had courage. The type of courage to move families
½ way across the world to foreign lands. The courage
to sacrifice their old lives by leaving families and friends
type of courage to start new lives from nothing but the shirts
on their backs and in many cases debts owed in the old country
to finance their trips abroad. And notwithstanding these adversities
they succeeded and not only made new lives, but successful
lives for themselves and their children. Us. Which brings
me to our generation. We are the beneficiaries of our parents'
courage and sacrifices. We learned from them and I for one
and many of you as well, maintained a connection to our old
country because of them. Most of those my age were born and
some were raised in Italy as I was, and this allowed us to
maintain that connection to our roots, values and traditions.
But the next generation that follows us and the one that follows
them are farther removed from this connection. Most if not
all were born here and their connection to Italy is vicarious
through their family. Because of that distance they need to
work harder to keep those connections. And that is where we
come in. Our parents built places where our heritage and traditions
could be celebrated. Places like St. Anthony's church, St.
Anthony's hall and Villa Marconi. Places where they could
gather to connect with their past and present. Our generation
has heralded and nourished these places but we need to work
harder and do more to allow our successor leaders of tomorrow
to continue these traditions and allow them to flourish as
our parents did with us.
am truly honoured and humbled to have been considered a leader
of our community today and to be part of a heritage that has
honoured past leaders in many fields. Business leaders such
as Luigi Mion, Mario Giannetti and our honourary Italian Lorne
Kelly. Political leaders such as Bob Chiarelli and Julian
Fantino. Medical leaders like Dr. Wilbert Keon, and last but
not least my legal hero Mr. Justice frank Iacobucci of the
supreme court of Canada. My membership in this group is overwhelming
leaders infiltrated Canadian society with their courage, passion
and commitment. They and our parents made it their responsibility
to build the leaders of today and it is our responsibility
to ensure we nourish and pave the way for the leaders of tomorrow.
We've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go. But
our future looks good with young people like the Giannetti
and Frangione clan, the Mion clan, the Bassi's, the Russo's,
the Filoso's, Lafelice's and the Cuconato's.
see great promise ahead for our Italian community and we will
be in good hands with them. Like our parents did with us,
in them we entrust our community's future connection to our
Italian values and traditions and we need to ensure that they
know they have our continued support.
sono felice di essere nato e cresciuto in italia, di essere
italiano. Pero sono orgoglioso di essere diventato canadese.
Questa combinazione di cultura del mondo vecchio, e la generosita
canadese sono risponsabile per l' uomo che io sono oggi. Un
italiano-canadese che da credito alle due nazioni e culture.
Una colloborazione tra il passato e il futuro.
questo devo ringraziare i miei genitori francesco e caterina
santini per i loro sacrifici. Senza il loro coraggio per avere
fatto il lungo viaggio di venire qui in una zona straniera,
non avevo le opportunita che ho avuto qui in Canada.
cherish and respect my Italian heritage every single day.
I wasn't just born into it or inherited it. I chose it as
my own and i herald it daily. It sets me apart from others.
It is a heritage that is carried on through our institutions
like Villa Marconi and others. These institutions are not
only gathering places. They are collectors, distributors and
purveyors of culture, values and traditions.
Villa Marconi as an example. It not only houses and cares
for our parents and grandparents, but recently it added the
cultural wing, a setting that will always remind us and our
successors of not only our past but of our future.
urge our leaders of today to ensure our future with our leaders
of tomorrow and instill in them the responsibility that our
parents instilled in us to carry on what they started and
make it even prouder and better. Membership in any society
carries some responsibility and i for one will ensure that
my children and grandchildren will foster and enhance what
our previous generations started. We have a great community
and our future is assured.
mille per questa opportunita di passare a voi un messagio
che he importante per me e per la comunita italiana, e grazie
con tutto il mio cuore per questo grandissimo onore.
Thank you with all my heart for allowing me to pass on a message
that is important to me and our Italian community. And thank
you so much for granting me membership in this wonderful society
of leaders. It is truly an honour and a privilege that is
granted to few. I promise that i will not let you down. In
fact I promise that I will make you proud.
mille and thank you.