Ben was at the centre of many human connections, working as he did to unite diverse cultures under Canada’s flag. As longtime editor of Canadian Scene news and decade-long president of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, Ben strove to lead newcomers to our country into Canada’s political, artistic and business mainstream.
He’s still connecting people, even though he’s been gone for 4 years!
I first met Kash and Carlotta, owners of Il Gelato di Carlotta, and Ruth and John Robert Colombo through Ben, back when I was helping set up his web site. We all played different roles in Ben’s career and we remain in touch, enjoying his memory sweetly with delicious Italian treats. How appropriate. Ben’s father was Italian.
The timing is good, too. Ben used to celebrate Canada’s birthday as his own, which was actually one day later. He dressed in red and white and threw a party every year.