Yearly Archives: 2018


Mr. Maurice Bourdon: Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for St. Joseph’s Villa

Maurice Bourdon_OLTCA winner Decemebr 2018
Mr. Maurice Bourdon with Site Administrator Roger Leveille

Each year the Ontario Long Term Care Association awards a lifetime achievement award to a member at each of its homes.  The award is bestowed on an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.  Congratulations to Maurice Bourdon on being selected St. Joseph’s Villa’s recipient.

Mr. Bourdon, although he would tell you otherwise, has contributed to improving life for all residents who call St. Joseph’s Villa home.   Mr. Bourdon sits on the Recreation Committee, a committee that raises funds and steers facility recreation programs. This past year Maurice has accepted the role of Resident Council Chair.  He has had great suggestions and his council and leadership skills are evident as he is able to guide a wide variety of resident discussions.  He is very passionate about bettering the rights of residents who require long-term care.

Besides the good work Mr. Bourdon has started at St. Joseph’s Villa since his admission in 2017, Mr. Bourdon had previously worked as a high school teacher, shaping the minds and impressions of thousands of students throughout his career.  He was nominated by two of his previous students for being an outstanding teacher when he was teaching at Timmins High and Vocation school.  He also received an award for Member of the Year for his contribution to the Timmins Alzheimer’s Society.

Thank you Mr. Bourdon for all that you do to improve the processes and quality of life for those living at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Congratulations Maurice on this achievement.

2019-01-03T15:04:27-05:00December 16th, 2018|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Bell Canada Telecom Pioneers donate comfort pillows to Villa St. Gabriel Villa

November 2018

Left to right:  Sylvia Ransom, V.P. Projects & Services -Telecom Pioneers -Big Nickel Club Sudbury and Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Members of the Bell Canada Telecom Pioneers – Big Nickel Club Sudbury donate comfort pillows to Villa St. Gabriel Villa for their palliative residents.  These pillows will be utilized at all 3 of our sites including St. Joseph’s Villa and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.  Thank you to Sylvia Ransom and the members of the Club for their generosity.


2019-04-28T16:29:11-05:00November 29th, 2018|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

The Education and Home Support Facilitator from the Ontario Association of Resident Councils visits with St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

VSGV Residents pictured left to right:  Resident Council Chair, Theresa Lachance, Merilda Godin, Madelaine Sauve, Lynn Demers, Joel Laplante and Yvonne Brosseau.

SJV residents pictured left to right:  Bill Julien, Yvon Labelle, Melissa McVie (OARC Education and Home Support Facilitator), Pauline Nadjiwan, Resident Council Chair Maurice Bourdon, and Wrenley Watt.

The Resident Councils of both Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Villa played host to Melissa McVie, Education and Home Support Facilitator from the Ontario Association of Resident Councils the first week of October. 

Ms. McVie was on tour of Northern Ontario Long-term care facilities to provide resources and support to the resident leaders and councils.  During her separate visits, the respective councils were able to share some of the unique work taking place at each Villa.  Ms. McVie was impressed by the strong leadership of each council and encouraged the councils to continue to reach out to OARC for support whenever needed.  The Resident Councils of both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel were more than pleased to receive and entertain the special guest and the warm support Ms. McVie brought forth from OARC.


St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program – Recipient Awarded $1,000 bursary!

Media Release – September 2018

St. Joseph’s Health Centre established an annual corporate bursary fund to support education for employees interested in pursuing their own continuing education opportunities.  The bursary is funded through proceeds from a portion of the monthly staff 50/50 draw.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre awards education bursaries to reimburse up to 100% of education costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 per year, incurred by regular full-time or regular part-time employees who choose to pursue:

  • Non-credit development opportunities including conferences, workshops and seminars, or
  • Credit courses or multi-course programs of an academic, professional or business nature.

This year’s recipient is Josée-Anne Asselin, PCA at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Congratulations Josée-Anne!  Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.

Right to left:  Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Josée-Anne Asselin and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre


September 2018

Don Bryson Peter Draper and John Cook from the Knight of Columbus Council #11219 Chelmsford and Nathalie Dubé from Delta Gaming present a cheque in the amount of $500.00 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator.  Funds will be placed towards Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

      Left to right:  Don Bryson, Peter Draper, Nathalie Dube, John Cook and Ray Ingriselli

Wishes Are Coming True at Villa St. Gabriel Villa!

Media Release – August 2018

It takes far more than an overcast day and the threat of rain to deter a true fisherman from Newfoundland!  The weather Saturday August 11th may have been dark and dreary however the spirits of Bob Bethune as well as his family and friends were never brighter.  Bob was the 2018 recipient of the St. Gabriel’s Villa “Make a Wish” Program.  The program grants one wish per year to provide a unique and meaningful life experience.  Bob started his special day by providing his wife of fifty years with an anniversary gift as the couple celebrated their fiftieth anniversary on August 10th.  The next stop was Whitewater Park in Azilda where Bob, his wife Diane and sons Steven and Randy boarded a pontoon boat for an afternoon of fishing, all made possible by community volunteers Larry Henri and Bobby Leclair.  Both men gave their time as well as Bobby’s pontoon boat for the afternoon excursion.  A fisherman seldom tells his secrets, however Bob did share the secret to his success was all in the kiss he gives to his fishing rod before each fishing outing – and work it did as Bob came through with one pike that was later released.  To end his special day Life Enrichment Assistant Carole Poitras made Bob and his guests some of Bob’s favorite foods which included pickerel snacks, moose stew and moose meet balls.  It was a special day that will long be remembered by everyone who took part.  Congratulations Bob!

2018-08-24T13:44:05-05:00August 23rd, 2018|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Residents from St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel enjoyed their annual excursion to Little Current!

Media Release – August 2018

The coolers were packed and the sun was shining on Wednesday July 18th as residents from both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa boarded the bus for Little Current.  It was the perfect day for the Villa’s annual excursion outside of the city limits.  Each summer the two Villas charter a bus and head out of town together to do some sight-seeing and to enjoy fresh fish and chips.  Besides enjoying the views along the Little Current boardwalk, residents also enjoyed ice-cream from 3 Cows and a Cone as well as a picturesque left turn up the Willisville hill to sneak a peak of the La Cloche Mountains.

A great time was had by all!