The Municipality of Parma awarded the Sant'Ilario Award to 11 citizens and Parmesan entities yesterday. Among them also Gentian Alimadhi, lawyer and President of the Scanderberg Association.
For the first time, among the winners of the most famous honor of the ducal city there is also an Italian citizen of foreign origin. This is the Sant'Ilario Prize, awarded the 13 January each year to citizens, organizations or organizations "who have in any way contributed to making the life of individuals and the community better and raising the prestige of the city". To deliver it to Gentian Alimadhi and to the other winners of the 2011, it was the Mayor of Parma Pietro Vignali during the tradition ceremony that took place yesterday in the Hall of the City Council. A packed hall that welcomed the awarding of Parmesans in their individual and collective courses with continuous applause and standing ovation. Individual but equally common to others also that of Alimadhi, as stated in the motivation of the civic merit certificate: “Example of true and positive integration based on work, pride of one's roots and respect for the rules and traditions of our community. Arriving in our country among a thousand difficulties, with his personal and professional history, testifies to the contribution of so many new Parmesans who today participate in the construction of the common good ". He does not hide his Gentian emotions. He tells us that he is very honored by the Award and that he "was moved by this recognition more than he was in the ceremony of granting Italian citizenship". Clear words that show what citizenship really means. A path its always uphill. "From a clandestine immigrant lawyer", the Republic of Parma defined it a few months ago, highlighting two opposing stigmas to tell readers that Gentian is one who did it. But not only that, in his small he gave his contribution to city life. This award also demonstrates this. For the Councilor for Social Policies of Parma, Lorenzo Lasagna, the awarding of this prize to a citizen of foreign origin has a very important value because "it is a question of recognizing that the immigrant citizen is a great resource" and "ends to a gap ". Then, that of Gentian is “the exemplary history of many immigrant citizens who have chosen to live and work in Italy, but also the demonstration that work, family, pride of their roots and respect for the rules are a guarantee of integration leading to community improvement ”. Indeed, Gentian himself acknowledges himself "in his double capacity as an Albanian and Parmesan citizen": on the one hand the attachment to his roots, on the other the conviction that integration passes through respect for the rules and the contribution to his city. Who has not followed the live TV or local news yesterday, will know the news from the press today. How will they take it? For Gentian, "the citizens of Parma are mature enough to be able to welcome the new Parmesans" and they will be pleased with his awarding. Councilor Lasagna is also convinced that this will be the case because Parma is "a welcoming city and the overwhelming majority will welcome it, without asking itself too many questions". It is true that in some way "it may seem an oddity", and it is certainly "almost an event", but tomorrow "nobody will pay any attention to it". In addition to Gentian, another of the Sant'Ilario 2011 awards, given to the Giampellegrini Family, also refers to the enhancement of the encounter between different cultures. There is nothing surprising for Lasagna. The two awards reflect the current context because “Parma has always been a cosmopolitan city, welcoming and rich in culture, history and solidarity, but it will be even more so if we are all able to build a true dialogue in respect of rules and cultures. enhancing the presence of new citizens ".
The winners of the 2011 edition5 the gold medals and 6 the certificates of civic merit awarded during the ceremony. The gold medals went to Giancarlo Izzi, Director of the Operating Unit of Pediatrician and Oncohematology of the university hospital company; to the Mensa father Lino in the 50 ° from the foundation; at the Liceo state gymnasium Giandomenico Romagnosi in the 150 anniversary; to Francesco Canali, sportsman and affectionate with ALS; and to Mauro Del Rio, President and founder of the IT company Buongiorno.it. Instead, the civic merits of Isa Guastalla, professor and author of publication for high school; to Tonino Fereoli, historical voice of the Corale Verdi; to the Giampellegrini family, engaged in the social and intercultural world of the city; to Gentian Alimadhi, an example of integration of the new citizens of Parma; in Us Carignano, point of reference for many families of different hamlets south of the city; and to the Parma section Friends of the crib, able to keep alive the tradition, the conservation and the study of the crib.
The prizeIt was instituted in December of the 1986 by the council of the mayor Lauro Grossi, and every year the 13 is delivered January, day of the Patron Saint of Parma, Sant'Ilario di Poitiers, from which it also takes its name. The winners are citizens and institutions in various fields or "for acts of courage and self-denial in the name of values of humanity and solidarity". Among the winners of the first edition of the 1987, there is also Pietro Barilla, but in the following years the award was also assigned to other Parmesan Docs including the director Bernardo Bertolucci (1991), the writer Alberto Bevilacqua (1992), the screenwriter Enrico Medioli (2006), the engineer Aldo Costa (2007) and many others active in the social, cultural, political and economic life of the ducal city. Three civic statements of merit, conferred with the Sant'Ilario Award: "the gold medal of the city of Parma", "the certificate of civic merit" and for exceptional cases "the Seal of the city of Parma". The proposals of the candidates can be made by the municipal institutions and the individual citizens but the choice is up to the Giunta in agreement with the council leaders. Once, in the 1991, a "special mention" has been assigned in the form of "symbolic encouragement certificate and solidarity ", not provided for in the regulation, to the Italian citizen of Somali origin Ismail Musse Hua," for having been able to face alone, in a foreign country, with great self-denial and courage, the maintenance and education of five children, overcoming obstacles of a human, social and religious nature in order to be part of the urban community ”.
On the other hand, the reader of the 1986 regulation still in force could be impressed by the language, the undisputed witness of the context of those years. In particular, article two lists all the fields in which we can distinguish ourselves in order to deserve the respectable citizen Prize, but there is no trace of the "social", of the "volunteering", of the "information", even if between there are many associations and people involved in these sectors. Certainly, striving, one can read between the lines, but times have changed and it is time to change it, adding to the three already mentioned other keywords of the current city life, such as "participation", "social cohesion", "equal opportunities". "," Construction of shared values "," coexistence between cultures "," interculturality "," rights ". It is a way to spread a new culture of citizenship also through the most famous honor of the city, now transformed into tradition. It is hoped that the Awards to Alimadhi and the Giampellegrini Family will be only the first step in this direction.
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