Committees and Causes

United Way of Hamilton & Burlington

Mr. Mancinelli has served as the Major Gifts Co-Chair for the Hamilton-Burlington Chapter of the United Way raising significant funds for this worthy cause. Under Mr. Mancinelli’s direction LiUNA continues to fundraise annually for this initiative.

Easter Seals of Ontario

Joe has served as past Event Honouree at the annual Easter Seals Ontario Toronto’s Tribute Dinner. Following this association, LiUNA continues to raise funds for Easter Seals Ontario.

Larger than Life

In an effort to raise funds for a first of its kind kindergarten for children with cancer, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, Joe chaired a gala dinner to bring awareness to this campaign. The kindergarten is a multi-faith centre, which will assist many deserving children who would otherwise, not be physically able to participate in traditional day-care centres.

Ofer School for Autistic Children

Joe’s commitment to children’s causes world-wide was evident through his financial pursuits on behalf of the Ofer School for Autistic Children in Haifa, Israel. This is the only school of its kind in the area and a much needed facility.

Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts

In conjunction with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Mr. Mancinelli initiated a Haitian earthquake relief effort specifically for the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Abruzzo Earthquake Fund (Hamilton) and Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund (Toronto) Initiatives

After the 2009 earthquake that levelled the historic and culturally significant city of L’Aquila, Italy, Mr. Mancinelli was named Co-Chair of the Greater Hamilton community group efforts to raise funds for the victims and casualties of the disaster.

Mr. Mancinelli also served as a Vice Chair of the Committee struck in Greater Toronto to assist in this cause. This group was chaired by Senator Con DiNino.

Other Community Initiatives

Mr. Mancinelli is actively and passionately involved in fund raising initiatives for the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Down Syndrome Association. Over twenty years ago he established the Annual LIUNA Golf Tournament where all proceeds raised were donated to various children’s charities including the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Down Syndrome Association, and the Camp Trillium Foundation, together with other deserving charities in the community.

Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and Bay Area Health Trust

Mr. Mancinelli sat as a Board Member on the Bay Area Health Trust, the development division of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and was Chair of the Trust for six years. He is also a former Trustee of the Hamilton Health Sciences Board having served for a maximum 10 year term. This Board oversees the management of the Hamilton area civic hospitals.

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation Campaign Cabinet and St. Joseph’s Building Planning and Property Committee

Mr. Mancinelli was asked to serve on the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation Campaign Cabinet, whose mandate is to increase the profile of the hospital and fundraise for the many new projects and sites planned for the hospital.

He has also been a member of the St. Joseph’s Health Care Building, Planning and Property Committee. The objective of this Committee is to oversee the redevelopment and new construction at St. Joseph’s Hospital and its various sites, including the redevelopment of the hospital’s Hamilton Mountain location.

Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS)

Mr. Mancinelli has served on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery. The aim of this committee is to assist in the development of innovations in technology to increase minimal access procedures rather than traditional, intrusive methods.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

Mr. Mancinelli sits as a Member of the Governing Council of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI). He is a founding member of this group whose mandate is to help integrate immigrants into the community.

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Mr. Mancinelli has served on the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IF) Canadian Education Committee and currently serves on the IF’s Pension Resource Group.

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

Mr. Mancinelli was the Founding President of the Hamilton International Airport (HIA) and was its Chair for over ten years. It was through his vision that Local 837 became a major partner in TradePort, the consortium that oversaw the HIA.

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

For over five years, Mr. Mancinelli served as Board Member and Treasurer of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO).

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Mr. Mancinelli is a past School Board Trustee on the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (formerly the Hamilton-Wentworth Roman Catholic Separate School Board). During his five year tenure he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee for two terms. He was one of the youngest trustees to serve on the Board and he remains a strong School Board supporter, and an advocate of child benefits and education.

St. Matthew’s House

Mr. Mancinelli was a committee member on this charitable, non-profit, multi-service agency that serves the needs of families, children, youth, seniors and individuals living in poverty as well as children with special needs and their families through a variety of services and programs.

Good Shepherd Centre

Mr. Mancinelli sat on the Annual Harvest Dinner Committee and has served at the Good Shepherd Annual Christmas Dinner, supporting the mandate of the Good Shepherd.

Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre

Mr. Mancinelli was integral in securing funding for the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre which greatly assisted them in the preparation and exhibition of their exhibit entitled “La Vita Nuova”, about the history of immigrant Italian workers to Hamilton.

Immigration Square

In conjunction with the “Our Millennium Campaign” in Hamilton, and the restoration of the former CN Station into Liuna Station, Mr. Mancinelli instituted and chaired a committee to realize ‘Immigration Square’, a parkette on the grounds of Liuna Station. The primary focus was the erection of a monument entitled “Courage, Hope and Dreams”, through various fundraising initiatives. This monument pays tribute to all immigrants who entered Hamilton, particularly at the then CN Station site. Today, Immigration Square continues to be a picturesque parkette that is enjoyed by both area residents and visitors to the community who come to enjoy this, and other memorial monuments that have been erected on the grounds.

Other Affiliations

Mr. Mancinelli is a part of the Knights of Columbus and the Order of the Sons of Italy. He has been a proud member of both groups for decades.

Scholarship Initiatives

Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST)

Under Mr. Mancinelli’s leadership and direction Local 837 was the first local union to successfully implement scholarship programs for their members’ children whereby all newborn children of Local 837 members are enrolled in a scholarship fund with the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST), which provides scholarships to each child born to Local 837 members, upon their attendance at a post-secondary educational institute. Mr. Mancinelli served as a Director on the CST National Council.

LIUNA Local 837 Scholarship Awards

In addition, Mr. Mancinelli also established the annual LIUNA Local 837 Scholarship Awards, wherein the local union awards six scholarships to their members’ children attending either college or university.

Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professorship, McMaster University

Through Mr. Mancinelli’s leadership, the LiUNA/Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professorship in Global Labour Issues was established at McMaster University, through the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Donations of Art

Mr. Mancinelli is an avid lover of the arts. He has continued to paint throughout his adult years and has been involved with various art organizations such as the Hamilton Arts and Heritage Council and has selflessly donated his paintings to many charitable organizations who in turn auction or raffle the paintings through various events.

Numerous charities have benefited immensely in raising proceeds for research from the donation of Mr. Mancinelli’s paintings.

Political Causes

For over ten years Mr. Mancinelli has served as Co-Chair for the Holiday Trillium Dinner in honour of Ontario’s Liberal Premiers and the Ontario Liberal Fund.

Mr. Mancinelli Co-Chaired a dinner held by the Liberal Party of Canada in honour of then Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Mr. Mancinelli served as a Vice Chair of the Confederation Dinner in honour of then Prime Minister Designate Paul Martin.

Mr. Mancinelli served as Co-Chair for the Maple Leaf Dinner honouring the Right Honourable Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

Over the last twenty-five years he has also opened his home to host numerous dinners for various liberal candidates at the federal and provincial level as well as various politicians at the municipal level.