“I graduated from Concordia in 1975 with an honours BA in history,” says Lonardo. “My parents immigrated to Canada from Italy in the 1950s with a very limited education. As a result, education for my sibling and me became top priority. The outcome was we both have three degrees.”
In honour of Lonardo’s parents’ wedding anniversary in October, he and his wife Olivia Lewis chose to endow a Concordia scholarship in their name, which will go to students studying immigrant life in Canada.
The first Maria and Domenico Lonardo Scholarship will be awarded to a Concordia undergraduate in 2013.
“We feel a great sense of satisfaction with this gift and I think Michael’s parents will be very proud given the importance they have attached to education,” says Lewis. “It is so easy to do.”
Lonardo, who is retired, worked as a librarian for almost 27 years. Lewis runs an outerwear business in St. John’s, Nfld.