Mario, a former infantry corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, didn’t have an easy life. As a child, he was often given the strap at school. As a teenager, he lived on the streets of Toronto for a time, where he was violently beaten. He also has dyslexia and Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes vocal and motor ticks.
But, none of this stopped Mario from becoming an independent, sociable man, who was deeply protective of and devoted to his family. As the eldest son, he took wonderful care of his three younger brothers. He has two sons himself and a beautiful grandson who will soon be turning two.
Mario took part in the Sentinelles of the Street program, part of an initiative from the Old Brewery Mission, which the Quebec Veterans Foundation is proud to support. Read more here.