Laneway Renaming of 1282-1310 St Clair Avenue West: "Cav. Gino L. Cucchi Laneway"
Picture L to R: Alicia Vianga (After Breast Cancer Foundation), Gino Cucchi, Mayor John Tory of Toronto
June 18 update:
We have received just over 90 signatures online. Thank you all for supporting us! Aside from this website we have also been collecting signatures on paper petitions, and we are now well over the number of names needed to make this happen!
Gino has asked me to send his thanks to everyone for your kindness and words of support. This means so much to him (and to me) :)
Please sign this petition to help us rename the laneway behind 1282-1310 St Clair Ave W in Toronto to "Cav. Gino L. Cucchi Laneway".
Gino Cucchi immigrated to Canada from Italy in the summer of 1958. His first job was with a clothing manufacturing company, but he had always dreamed of owning his own clothing store. In 1973 Gino opened "Gino Men and Boys Fashions" which became an important fixture in the Italian Canadian community in Toronto.
Since then, Gino has been an active member of the St Clair community. He spearheaded the formation of the Corso Italia Business Improvement Association in 1984, and provided professional business leadership support to new business owners. He was an active member of the Corso Italia BIA from 1979 to 2004. Currently he rents his properties on St Clair West to other business owners, who he frequently assists with their own professional ambitions.
In terms of accomplishments outside of the business world, Gino has held dozens of fundraising dinners in honour of The Canadian Cancer Society, The Hospital for Sick Children, the Thalassemia Association, and, most recently, the After Breast Cancer Society. He has also been involved with international fundraising to provide support to peoples in Uganda, Ghana, and Mexico.
Since 1995, Gino has hosted "Edizione Speciale", his weekly program on CHIN radio.
In 1998 he co-founded the installation of The Monument of Italian Immigrants at Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre, which led to the publication of "A Monument for Italian-Canadian Immigrants" through the University of Toronto, in 1999.
45 years of community service provides us with more than enough material to prove why Gino L. Cucchi deserves a laneway in his name, but below we would like to highlight a few more:
- co-Chaired "Italian National Republic Day" festivities at Earlscourt Park (1989-2010)
- received a Commemoration Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada from the Governor General of Canada (1992)
- received Certificated of Appreciation from Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Ontario Premier Michael Harris for The Monument of Italian Canadian Immigrants (1998)
- was awarded "The Golden Jubilee Medal" on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (2002)
- received a certificate from His Holiness, Pope John Paul II and the Papal Delegation for World Youth Day 2002, for which Gino organized the agenda and procurements of the Pope and his delegates
- was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to the Council of the Colleges of Nurses of Ontario (2007-2014)
- was awarded the Title of Cavalliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana, (Gino has been knighted by the President of the Italian Republic), conferred by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, 12 June 2007
- was awarded a Gold Medal, conferred by Sergio Mattarella President of the Italian Republic, on 28 April 2018 for co-founding the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial
Aside from all of the above, Gino is an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He has always put family first, and so we would like to thank him in the best ways we can.
We hope it's become obvious to you why we want to honour Gino in this way. Please help us dedicate to Gino Cucchi a piece of Toronto, a piece of his home, to thank him for his life's work.
Thank you greatly for your participation and support.
"Mr. Cucchi is an energetic community activist and benefactor, and long-standing member of Toronto's Corso Italia business community." - Gabriele Scardellato and Manuela Scarci, "A Monument for Italian-Canadian Immigrants"