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The  Petrone  Family
from , Italy

They had five children.
 Frank, Alfred, Serafina (Penny), Rita and Mary.

Frank  Petrone



Alfred (Al) Petrone

 Nationally famous lawyer                                                      



 Penny (Serafina)  Petrone

Dr. Penny Serafina Petrone (1925 - August 22, 2005), born in Port Arthur, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay) was a Canadian writer, educator, patron of the arts, and philantropist. She was the daughter of Luisa Sisco and Luigi Petrone and brother to the recognized and distinquished lawyer Alfred Petrone.

She attended St. Joseph's School and the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute, where she won the first Canadian Federation of University Women scholarship given to an outstanding Grade 13 female student in the Lakehead.

Penny Petrone at Graduation with Mother

She received her Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Alberta.

Her research on the Canadian poet Isabella Valancy Crawford resulted in two books: The Selected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford and The Fairy Tales of Isabella Valancy Crawford.

Petrone also pioneered the critical study of aboriginal literature in Canada with her landmark books First People, First Voices and Northern Voices.

Her Native Literature in Canada was the first book-length history of the literature of Canada's First Peoples. For this ground-breaking research, Petrone was made an honorary Indian Chief by the Gull Bay Ojibwa and gained international recognition.]

After her retirement from Lakehead University, Petrone's scholarly focus shifted to the study of her Italian heritage. She formed 'I Literati', a local reading group which focused on Italy's cultural heritage in the fields of literature, art, music, history and film as well as on the Italian immigrant experience in North America.

<>Breaking the Mould by Dr. Penny Petrone
She also wrote two memoirs, Breaking the Mould and Embracing Serafina. Her book Breaking the Mould was translated into Italian and launched at the University of Rome, La Sapienza in July, 2005.

She also served on the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Over the years she held various executive offices in teachers' organizations and in the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Pictured above at her book launch for "Breaking the Mould" with Elisia Petrone, Alfred Petrone and Rita Ubriaco.

Her contributions to the arts in Thunder Bay is noted in the renaming of Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay to Magnus Theatre - The Dr. S. Penny Petrone Centre for the Performing Arts.

During her lifetime Petrone has received many honours and awards: The Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards (Culture) in 1981, 1984, and 1989, 'L'ordine d'onore' from the National Congress of Italian Canadians (1994); the 'Order of Ontario' (1992); Canada 124 Medal (1992); Honorary Citizen of Piane Crate (1997); the Golden Jubilee Medal (2002); the F. G. Bressani Literary Award (2002); the Kouhi award for 'her outstanding contribution to writing in Northwestern Ontario' (May 2004). Petrone was also the recipient of Lakehead University's first 'Distinguished Teacher' Award in 1989 and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations teaching award (1988).

In honor of her commitment, through the endowment of scholarships and bursaries of over 1 million dollars for students at the Lakehead University campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, (NOSM), the NOSM Library is now called the Dr. Serafina "Penny" Petrone Health Information Resource Centre.






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