In December 1976, Franco Gucciardo was appointed General Manager of the N.C.I.C. Foundation. He brought
to the organization his vision of the Italian Community and a vast experience in community development, both necessary
to achieve tangible results in his new mandate.
Projects supporting Cultural initiatives were directed by Gucciardo and sponsored administratively by the NCIC Foundation
(*). Summer jobs were created to produce filmed documentaries, accumulate additional books for the community
library, accept archival materials, and more. Gennaro Stabile, Gaetano Mariano and many others contributed to the
success of these projects.
Later, at the end of a culturally related initiative Pro-Development, where Tony Caticchio was employed, Gucciardo accepted
the offer of Mr. Caticchio to remain at the library without a fixed salary and help out.
In 1980, Gucciardo invited Caticchio to write-up a project proposal covering the various objectives of the cultural centre
(then housed at the Casa d'Italia). With this project, Caticchio was to administer the Centre on a full time basis.
During those years, several schools were closed by the Montreal Catholic School Commission. The idea of gaining
access to St-Philippe Benizi school for the Italian community cultural centre was entertained at several meetings.
That school had a strong legacy for many italo-canadians as it was linked to Notre-Dame de la Defénse church and its pastoral
participation. St-Philippe Benizi: the Italian centre that could have been.