The president of Masters Insurance, a company he started with his brother Frank in 1968, Sam Ciccolini serves on boards and committees representing hospitals, disaster relief efforts, churches, municipal initiatives, sports groups and social agencies.
Mr. Ciccolini credits his success in life to the hard work ethic his family brought to Canada. He was 12 years old in 1956 when he, his mother and four brothers landed at New York's Ellis Island before travelling to Toronto to join his father, who came to Canada three years earlier.
He and his younger brother Max soon found work delivering newspapers in the early morning before heading off to school. At night, the brothers worked at a pharmacy. When asked if it was tough to hold down two jobs and go to school, Sam's response is simply, "We had no choice. You did it; that's all. It really gave us a good upbringing, a solid foundation."
It is on that solid foundation that Sam Ciccolini has built his exemplary life of service to his country. Mr. Ciccolini has said he was honoured and humbled to be named a member of the Order of Canada. We, his friends and colleagues, would say to him that this honour is well-deserved and rightly bestowed.
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