Caretaker - CSI Spadina
Born a Torontonion growing up in a working class Italian neighbourhood learning choice words and expressions in a different language, I went to high school in a factory town where graduating from grade 12 was commendable. After working part time jobs in factories I realised community college was my way out so off to Oakville and Sheridan College I went and learned to be a frustrated Classical Animator. Upon graduation I returned to the big city and landed a job designing lapel buttons – New Wave/ Punk Rock music and art was at it’s height and I started freelancing on the side as Noxious Art. I designed fanzine covers, t-shirts, and many posters for rock ‘n’ roll bands. While all this was happening, I had jumped into a custodial position at the CBC and made sure the Art Department knew I had arrived. Unfortunately, I was very naive of corporate politics and kept climbing the corporate ladder in administration in the hopes of getting that art job. After 29 years, I found myself unemployed. Lucky for me, I had gained some trades skills over the years and applied myself to becoming a professional handyman. Someone suggested I apply for the custodial position at the Centre for Social Innovation. After a couple of intense interviews and a couple hundred competitors, I was informed that I got the position! Since then I’ve discovered a welcoming and extremely encouraging team of workmates.