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Celebrating Italian Families of Edmonton Society (CIFES)

CIFES was created in 1996 to celebrate families of the Italian Community. Today it remains a dedicated society that has struck very positive, cooperative, and collaborative working relationships with the Santa Maria Goretti Parish, the three Italian Centres, interested Edmonton-based Italian associations (particularly The Holy Rosary Society), and local media. CIFES is honored to serve the Italian and greater communities of Edmonton, and will continue to offer Youth Projects, Seniors Events, and the 20 Regions of Italy Extravaganza Weekend. The only hope that the society has is that it will be fortunate enough to enjoy the wide reception it knows today.

The idea for CIFES was developed in February of 1994 during a parish council meeting at the Santa Maria Goretti Rectory, where a member suggested that an International Year of the Family Committee be struck in order to celebrate families of the Italian community. The suggestion sparked much interest and generated an even greater discussion. A motion was made, seconded and carried. Consequently, the International Year of the Family Committee (IYFC) was formed.

The committee began several interesting projects: a Talent Festival, boasting local Italian talent that spanned from 4 to adult-aged performers; a Family Day Celebration, which welcomed entire families to entertainment; and last, but not least, a Sports Day Festival, which celebrated traditional Italian sports and pastimes.

In April 1995, at another Santa Maria Goretti Parish Pastoral Council Meeting - after hearing a report documenting the IYFC's activities and the manner in which these same activities were received by the community - it was unanimously decided that the IYF Committee not fold, but continue promoting its events and practicing its Mission Statement. Eventually, this lead to striking a society which goes under the name of Celebrating Italian Families of Edmonton Society (CIFES).

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