TFC Awards

Each year at our annual Valentines Dinner Dance, Thalassemia Foundation of Canada takes the opportunity to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution.

The awards are based on the following criteria:

Appreciation Award: Outstanding support and contributions to the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada. Always being ready to lend a hand.
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Continued dedication and service in promoting the work of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada.
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Showing tremendous strength, courage and determination in the fight against thalassemia.
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Outstanding leadership, devotion, providing comfort, hope and friendship to thalassemia patients and their families.
Heart Award: Displaying continued generosity and financial support.
Hour Glass Award: Demonstrating comfort, caring, dedication and compassion towards thalassemia

To nominate an individual or organization, please send a detailed email explaining 1) why you feel this person/organization deserves and award AND 2) the name of the award that you are nominating the person/organization for to: info@thalassemia.ca

Previous award recipients:

2016
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Andrea Trovaglio

2015
Hour Glass Award: Karen Charpentier
Appreciation Award: Tony Tsao

2014
Hourglass Award: Jennifer Palmer
Appreciation Award: Anita Aimola

2013
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Anita Aimola
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Helen Ziavras

2012
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: John & Fame Risorto
Appreciation Award: Sergio & Adelina Ceccarelli, Lisa D’Annunzio

2011
Appreciation Award: Silvia Livia
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Christina Marra
Hour Glass Award: Manuela Merelles-Pulcini

2010
Appreciation Award: Angela Covato
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Riyad Elbard

2009
Appreciation Award: Mike Livia
Hour Glass Award: Dr Jacob Pendergrast

2008
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Angela Costa
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Robert Marra

2007
Appreciation Award: Michael Ciccolini
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Durhane Wong-Rieger
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Corrado Falcitelli

2006
Appreciation Award: Frank Storino
Hour Glass Award: Anna Maiorano, Lina Pedota

2005
Appreciation Award: Christina Marra
Heart Award: Angelo Viola
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Julie Vizza

2004
Appreciation Award: Tony Tsao
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Anita Aimola
Heart Award: Sam Ciccolini

2003
Appreciation Award: Sandy Sinaguglia
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Angela Polsinelli
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award: Signature Bindery

2002
Appreciation Award: Tony Genova
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Kathy Netten
Heart Award: Order of The Sons of Italy
Hour Glass Award: Dr David Chui
Chris Bennedsen President’s Award*: Connie Bennedsen
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Howard Leung

2001
Appreciation Award: Chris Bennedsen
Heart Award: Giuseppe Decicco
President’s Award: Riyad Elbard

2000
Appreciation Award: Alfonso Sinaguglia
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Corrado Falcitelli
Heart Award: Roma Fence
President’s Award: Josie Sirna

1999
Appreciation Award: Tony Marra
Heart Award: Masters Insurance
President’s Award: Josie Cumbo
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Mike Livia

1998
Appreciation Award: Tony Marra
Alex Georgakoupolos Memorial Award: Naushy Mullani
Heart Award: Santaguida (Valencia)
Hour Glass Award: Dr Melanie Kirby
President’s Award: John Maiorano
Gino Fortunato Hope Award: Nino Lamanna

* President’s Award was renamed the Chris Bennedsen President’s Award in 2002