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Ida Ferrelli Biography
I was born in 1941 in Molise, Italy. In 1956 I immigrated to Hamilton with my family. Two years later, in 1958, I married Liberatore Ferrellli and in the years that followed, we had three sons: Angelo, Domenic and Anthony.
In 1956 I attended the Bruno School of Hair Design, where I received a diploma in hairdressing. My sister, Maria Cirella, and I opened Tempo Beauty Salon in Hamilton in 1967. I also attended the Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy of Hair Design in London, England, in 1975, to upgrade my skills as a hairstylist. Maria and I had a successful business together for 38 years.
In 1999 I worked with the late Bill Bain on his committee to move the Nash-Jackson house to its present site. It is now called the Friends of Battlefield House Museum. Anna Bono introduced me to the Women's Art Association of Hamilton. In 2007 I was honoured by the Order of the Sons of Italy with the Italian Canadian Citizen of the Year award. I attended evening classes at Mohawk College, completing six levels of the watercolour painting program; and I attended Dundas Valley School of Art, taking classes in oil painting and drawing.
For the last ten years, my daughter-in-law, Anna Maria Ferrelli, and I, along with a most dedicated staff of volunteers, founded a charitable organization called the Bursary of Hope for Autism. To this date we have raised over three hundred thousand dolllars to alleviate the cost of therapy for children with autism.