Monthly Archives: March 2016


Villa St. Gabriel Villa Celebrates 5 Years!

VSGV 5th anniversary group photo March 30, 2016

(from left to right: Monseigneur Jean-Paul Jolicoeur, Linda Wilson, Board Chair, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Gerry Montpellier, Councillor Ward 3, France Gelinas, MPP Nickel Belt, Marc Serre, MP Nickel Belt, Evelyn Dutrisac, Councillor Ward 4 and Sr. Sarah Quackenbush, CHSO Representative)

(Sudbury)  – March 30, 2016

Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated its 5th year anniversary on March 30, 2016.  In honour of this occasion, dignitaries, residents, family members, staff and volunteers attended a special liturgy and celebratory event held today.

Monseigneur Jean-Paul Jolicoeur of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie provided a special liturgy in recognition of Villa St. Gabriel Villa’s 5th anniversary.  A host of dignitaries and special guests including: Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt, France Gélinas, MPP Nickel Belt, Evelyn Dutrisac, Councillor Ward 4 and Gerry Montpellier, Councillor, Ward3, and supporters were in attendance.

Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator of Villa St. Gabriel Villa thanked everyone for their support over the past 5 years and noted “the most important and heartfelt gratitude that I have today is for our residents.  You are the reason we are here today and every day for the past 5 years”.

Since its opening on March 28, 2011, Villa St. Gabriel Villa has had many firsts and acknowledgements:

  • Accredited by CARF International
  • Designated as a fully French language service facility under the French Language Services Act
  • Recognized through the financial support of donors such as the Knight of Columbus, the Monique-Landry Sabourin Memorial Fund, the Gabriel and Laura Belanger Fund and the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury
  • Acknowledged as part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre, with the 2016 Community Builders Award in Health Care.

Linda Wilson, Chair of Villa St. Gabriel Villa’s Board of Directors stated, “As a Board, we are proud that we have been able to build on the tradition of Catholic Health Care in our community by addressing the unmet needs and by rising to the challenge of funding, building, and operating this beautiful facility – a facility that 128 residents, at any given time, call home.”


Information:       Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / Board Liaison

705-674-2846 ext. 2104


VSGV Banner 5th anniversary March 30, 2016

The Life Enrichment Departments of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa have officially moved into the 21st century!

(Sudbury) March 14, 2016

In March, four Apple I-Pads were introduced into recreational programming at each site to augment the existing cognitive, physical and emotional programming.  Residents are not only learning about the internet and the new world of “tablets” they are also taking advantage of the multitude of educational and intellectual “apps” available that promotes brain health and emotional well-being.

“The Life Enrichment Department has always provided a wide variety of social and physical activities designed to entertain residents, maintain social skills as well as improve the physical health and functional abilities of those admitted to long-term care.” stated Ms. Palkovits, Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.       Introducing the I-Pads has allowed residents to take advantage of the ease of current technology and enabled recreation staff to focus on increasing cognitive programming beyond crossword puzzles, word finds and bingo.  Residents now have access to math and spelling applications, memory and recall games, both visual and audio.  Sensory applications and specialized trivia games for residents with dementia such as “Best Guess” created by DementiAbility are also available and in use.   Besides the numerous cognitive applications available, physical apps such as chair yoga and Tai chi for seniors are also accessible if a resident wanted to complete an individual routine outside of a large group program.  Along with the I-Pod program, the I-Pads are similarly used for personalized music programs, providing residents with personalized playlists of their favorite music that offers a visual component as well.

The portability of the I-Pads has enabled Life Enrichment staff to not only increase bedside programs for residents who do not enjoy attending group programs, but more importantly, improve their quality of life with so many unique apps that can appeal to each resident’s distinct interests and past hobbies. The Villas are grateful to family members who made donations in order for this program to happen.


i-pad pic 2

2016-10-13T08:44:59-05:00March 14th, 2016|St. Joseph’s Villa News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|