The Honourable Filomena Tassi, MP
Minister of Seniors
The Honourable Filomena Tassi is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, and served as Deputy Government Whip from 2017 until 2018, when she was appointed Minister of Seniors. She has served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business and as a member of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. She is an Executive Member of the Canada-Italy Interparliamentary Group.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Minister Tassi has been the voice of change for families in Hamilton through a lifetime of commitment to her community. She has served as Catholic School Trustee and ran for the provincial Liberals in 1995.
Minister Tassi obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1986. She also completed her Masters of Religious Education at the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, in 2004. Minister Tassi practiced law for six years before taking some time to raise her children. She later became a high school chaplain for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. As chaplaincy leader, Minister Tassi helped establish the DREAMS (Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support) program which has enabled thousands of students to travel to live and work with the materially poor in the Dominican Republic. She led many fundraising initiatives to pay for the building of hundreds of homes in the region of San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic. Minister Tassi also co-founded CLIP (Catholic Leadership Interdisciplinary Program) which is a full semester, experiential learning program, currently offered by the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
Driven by her profound sense of civic duty, Minister Tassi has been highly involved in her community. She is a past board member of both St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Catholic Youth Organization, and has volunteered her time with many local initiatives and organizations. Minister Tassi is the recipient of the Philosophy Award, University of Waterloo (1983), Hamilton Catholic Director’s Award of Excellence (2002), Brian Halferty Chaplaincy Award (2010) and the Fr. Norm Choate Distinguished Graduate Award (2010). She has co-authored three books: 500 Prayers (Twenty-Third Publications, 2004) , Greatness In Our Teenagers (Paulist Press, 2009), and 365 Prayers (Twenty-Third Publications, 2016)
Minister Tassi, her husband, and two children have lived in the Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas riding for over 20 years.
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