The Fantini family, owners of FDM Contracting, has not forgotten their roots and where they started from and continue to this day by giving back to the communities that have been instrumental in helping to grow their Thornhill business over the years.
FDM supports many worthy causes within the community, from restoring the historic Calvert House to organizing and sponsoring golf tournaments.
Patriarch Danny Fantini owns an antique fire truck and would normally drive his fire truck in the City of Markham’s Canada Day Parade. Due to Covid-19 causing this year’s city celebrations to be cancelled, Fantini and his daughter Lori Manserra organized a Canada Day Appreciation Parade on July 1.
“Dad and I arranged a Canada Day Parade taking all necessary precautions and having about 10 vehicles,” said Manserra.
She reached out to York Region Chief of Police James MacSween to gain his support for having some of his fleet join along with their heritage vehicles driven by their auxiliary.
The morning parade stops included Mackenzie Health Hospital and Southlake Hospital. Around noon, the group headed south to Participation House, Markham Stouffville Hospital and then to the final stop at Unionville Home Society.
The parade members didn’t exit any the of the vehicles but stopped out front for about 10 – 15 minutes at each location and waved flags and showed their appreciation to all of the healthcare workers.
Photo: Danny Fantini (left) and fellow parade volunteers celebrate our local healthcare workers at a Canada Day Parade.