June 2018 – Senior’s Month at St. Joseph’s Villa has concluded and it was another successful month that including a number of special events facilitated by the Life Enrichment Department. The residents of St. Joseph’s Villa attended a 50’s and 60’s sock hop, a summer carnival and were treated to a barbeque lunch. The Make a Wish (MAW) announcement was also made on the day of the barbeque.
The Make a Wish Program is held each May where residents, families, staff and volunteers can nominate a resident to receive a special wish each senior’s month. It was an emotional and joyous afternoon for Mr. Bob McGown who was named the 2018 Make a Wish recipient! Bob was nominated by Jennifer Gosselin, the Registered Social Worker at St. Joseph’s Villa. Bob’s wish was to receive a bird-themed room make-over. The Make a Wish committee is currently in the midst of planning a shopping outing with Bob to pick up all the items the MAW design team will need to turn his room into a cozy sanctuary! Congratulations Bob!
L to R: Allanah O’Brien, LEA, Jennifer Gosslin, Social Worker, Bob McGown, Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, Angie Gilchrist, LEA Program Coordinator, Tanya Anne Ball, Volunteer Coordinator
Media Release – June 2018
The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for her 15+ years of service with the Foundation as she steps down as the Foundation Chair and Gala Co-Chair after her many years with the organization.
With fierce determination and a keen leadership style, Ms. Warwick-Conroy has been integral in
developing and seeing to fruition numerous fundraising activities for St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa such as the Foundation’s annual gala. Since 2004, the Foundation has raised nearly $1 Million which has been placed towards the purchase of capital equipment and furniture. Our residents, patients, staff and volunteers have benefited from sit-to-stand lifts, Arjo therapeutic tubs, a Special Needs bus and the Healing Gardens on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, to name but a few.
As a result of Jeanne’s “retirement”, the SJCCC Healing Garden has been re-named the The Jeanne Warwick-Conroy Healing Garden in recognition of her fundraising efforts. In fact, the funds used to build and create the healing garden were as a direct result of Jeanne’s effort. Thank you Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for Caring… beyond the moment!
Photo: from left to right – Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Jeanne Warwick-Conroy and Sr. Bonnie MacLellan, General Superior, Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie
(Sudbury) June 15, 2018
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – attempts to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders around the world. In June each year, Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to our communities. As part of our senior’s month celebrations St. Joseph’s Health Centre is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.
In recognition, staff at each of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Long Term Care Homes, namely, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa joined together and wore “purple” to encourage attention and support the venue.
Villa St.Gabriel Villa
St. Joseph’s Villa
Media Release – May 2018
Left to right: Luella Purcell, Carole Poitras, Vermillion Life Enrichment Assistant & Audrey Johnson, daughter of Luella.
Left to right: Claudette Lacasse, Director of Care, Luella Purcell, resident, & Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator
On the 26th of April, residents, staff and volunteers of Villa St. Gabriel Villa gathered together with the Purcell family to celebrate resident, Luella Purcell’s 100th birthday. The festivities included 100th birthday decorations, cake and beverages, along with live music. Site Administrator, Ray Ingriselli and Director of Care, Claudette Lacasse presented Mrs. Purcell with a certificate of acknowledgment to mark her 100th birthday. It was a beautiful afternoon and an absolute honour to celebrate this very special milestone with her.
May 7, 2018
From left to right back row: Linda Masse, RN, Kelly Fleming, RN, Cyndi Cunningham, RPN, Nikki Middleton, RPN, Nancy Johnstone, RPN, Lynne Scarsellone, Director of Care, Lisa Robillard, RPN, and Natalie Szilva, RN.
From left to right front row: Tracy Burton, RN, Sandra Goupil, RN, Hautaniemi Raili, Retired RN and SJCCC patient, Julie Giguere, RPN, Jacqueline Lefebvre, RPN and Celina Van Druenen, RPN
Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre kicked-off a week-long celebration in honour of National Nursing Week 2018. We would like to thank all of our wonderful Nursing Staff at SJCCC.
In honour of National Volunteer Week, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate sites, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated their many volunteers at a special event held at the Caruso Club. This year’s national theme was “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliates are value-based organizations that promote service, integrity, dignity and excellence. Our volunteers demonstrate these values when working with our residents, patients, family members and staff. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many. Their value is priceless – the richness they bring to our working environment is truly immeasurable. And for this… we thank them!
From left to right: Mitch Morais, Merilda Godin, Yvonne Brosseau, and Therese Lachance with Chloé Arsenault, Ms. Rayside Balfour.
Chloé Arsenault, Ms. Rayside Balfour, who is competing for Ms. North Ontario, has generously donated gardening supplies to the residents of Villa St. Gabriel Villa for their upcoming planting season. The residents are looking forward to putting the supplies to good use. Thank you Chloé!
Media Release (April 2018)
Festive gatherings of residents, patients, family members and staff award recipients and nominees were held in the month of February and March to mark the annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence.
The Awards for Excellence were presented to individuals chosen by their peers as examples of their commitment to living out the organization’s values of “Caring Beyond the Moment with Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence.”
This year’s recipients are:
- Tracy Lessard, Chaplain
- Mavia DeNoble, Occupational Therapist
- Kandy Pedisic, Clinical Lead
- Allanah O’Brien, Life Enrichment Assistant
- Amanda McKee, Personal Care Assistant
- Sue Lynn Roy, Personal Care Assistant
- Karen Redner, Personal Care Assistant
- Sierra Roberti, Life Enrichment Assistant
- Carole Poitras, Life Enrichment Assistant
- Cindy Bertrand, Personal Care Assistant
- Andrew Conti, Personal Care Assistant
“At St. Joseph’s, we believe that it is important to recognize and celebrate people within our organization who strive to express healing love through care, compassion and concern for each other and the people we serve. We do this by demonstrating the spirit and charisma of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie who have exemplified these values in the Sudbury community since 1950 through their work of unity and reconciliation”, said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
Congratulations to all our nominees and award recipients.