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     Louie Protti:  Oral History Transcript Summary

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Raffaele Albi

Mr. and Mrs.
Enrico Butti

Mr. & Mrs.
Domenico Chiarello
(Nella Anselmo)

Gus & Assunta Dotto
(Emilia Raffin)

 Attilio & Stella Gatto

Gus Lavorato

Giovanni Paron

Louie Protti

Mr. & Mrs. Sartor

Sam Scrivano

Silvio Tona

Paolo Veltri


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  • St. John's College was a bit better than the boarding school, but still very regimented. Louie's brother Sam managed to retain the Italian language, and kept up some correspondence with relatives in Italy. Sam and Louie made contact with the relatives and let them know that Louie was coming to Rome to study theology.
     
  • He arrived in Rome and had to speak with other Italians through an interpreter until he learned the language. He studied there for three years, picking up the Italian language, before coming back to Canada. 
     
  • Upon returning he tried to get a job with the Italian Embassy, but there were no opportunities. He took a job teaching at the Indian school in Hobbema. While teaching he worked with another guy who had a sister living in Edmonton. Louie met her and they married in 1942.
     
  • When World War ll broke out Louie joined the militia through the Knights of Columbus Canadian Army Huts in Wainwright. This was a social services division of the army that provided entertainment and services to the troops.
     
  • When he came back to Edmonton he took a job with the old Dominion Government Telegraphs. In late 1945 he became the accountant for Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff until 1950, when he became the business manager for the Edmonton General Hospital. He worked there until 1958, and then joined the Department of Health.
     
  • In 1960 he got involved with the long term care program, and in 1964 Louie started working as an administrator of the nursing home program. At this time he also toured hospitals in the province doing inspections. He worked at other various administrative positions in the hospital field, including administrative officer to the Deputy Minister of Hospitals, until his retirement in 1979.
     
  • After retiring he did some consulting work for the Sisters of Providence, and some contract work with the Department of Hospitals.
     
  • He visited Italy a couple of times after being schooled in Rome. He remembers that this afforded him the opportunity to use the Italian language again.
     
  • His brothers and sister all live in B.C. now, but spent most of their lives in Alberta. His sister also worked in the hospital field as a nurse.
     
  • Younger brother Angelo finished high school and joined the army during the second world war. He returned and worked in the car industry throughout Alberta and British Columbia. Angelo married and has two sons.
     
  • Older brother Sam also married and has two daughters.
     
  • Louie and Theresa have three sons. One is a professor of Health Information Sciences at the University of Victoria. The second one is Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour with the federal government. The third son is an economist and manager of Financial Economic Analysis for the Treasury Department in Edmonton, and tied into the Heritage Trust Fund.
     
  • All three of Louie's sons are married and they had seven children between them.
     
  • Louie remembers Edmonton when the population was about 50, 000, and you could take the street car for blocks passing by nothing but bushes.
     
  • He remembers meeting the Losa and Nigro families in Edmonton upon returning from Rome.
     
  • Louie does not remember any instances of discrimination while growing up.
     
  • Louie really enjoyed teaching Italian immigrants English at St. Michael's.

 

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