our story begins here
The heritage of Italians in the Okanagan Valley stretches back almost 140 years, to when Giovanni Casorzo first claimed his homestead on the banks of Mission Creek. Since then, the stories of La Nostra Famiglia Italiana have been a vital part of the valley. Our goal is to reconnect with these stories and bring them alive again. We’ll collect, curate and share them with our members and the community. We’ll also help you discover the stories of your own family through the resources now available for genealogical research. The meetings will be open to all who are interested, so reach out to family and friends and extend an invitation.