The Artists’ of St. Joseph’s Villa 2022 Calendar

Three Calendar Pictures

The painting program was introduced to provide engagement and meaning during periods of COVID isolation.

Calendars are $30.00 each with all proceeds going back to the Recreation Fund of St. Joseph’s Villa which purchases supplies for this therapeutic art program.

Calendars are now available to order online by e-mailing Please advise in the e-mail your preference to pick up at reception or have your calendar mailed. Cheques can be made payable to the Recreation Fund of St. Joseph’s Villa.

Thank you for your generous support!

Calendar Painting Tree
Calendar Painting Lake
Calendar Painting Cardinal

2021-12-29T12:24:15-05:00December 29th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Kari Gervais announced as new President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury

Media Release:  December 17, 2021

Kari Gervais

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Gervais to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 31, 2022.

Ms. Gervais was selected following an extensive national search conducted by Mirams Becker, a healthcare executive search firm.  Ms. Gervais is an accomplished executive who for the past 14 years held the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

Daniel Sirois, Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors said, “Ms. Gervais has been an integral part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre senior management team. The Board is confident that Ms. Gervais has the right leadership qualities to lead the organization through a time of growth while building on the legacy and achievements of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Ms. Gervais’s extensive clinical background combined with her value-based leadership style makes her a natural fit for the organization.  I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms. Gervais on her appointment as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and look forward to working with her to continue to provide quality care to the residents and patients.”

With more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, Ms. Gervais has an unwavering commitment to quality care with a reputation for achieving results and inspiring others.

“I feel a strong personal alignment with the organizational values of Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence which will continue to guide my work and I look forward to serving St. Joseph’s Health Centre not only as President and CEO but as Mission Leader as well” stated Ms. Gervais.

Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Gerontology from Laurentian University,  a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University, an Administrator’s Leadership Certificate from the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and is a member in good standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is not for profit organization which oversees the operation St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital located on South Bay Road and a 32-bed hospital at the Clarion Hotel site located downtown Sudbury.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also oversees the operation of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, two 128-bed long-term care homes, located on South Bay Road in Sudbury and Reginal Road 15 in Chelmsford, respectively.

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

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

This is a Spiritual and Religious Care Dept. initiative on behalf of SJHC, encouraging anyone involved with the organization to give to our community at this time of year.

This year we will be able to give in two different ways:

1. The Giving Tree will be in the Town Square/Lobby as of Thursday November 25th and will once again, be prepared with tags that you may take to purchase the chosen item(s) and return to the boxes under the tree. The Deadline to bring in your item is Thursday, December 16th at noon, at which time we will deliver to the two charities. This deadline will give the charities plenty of time to sort and give to the appropriate individuals and families before Christmas.

2. This Virtual Giving Tree on our website. You will be able to give a financial donation – designating which site you want the donation to go to: SJV, CCC or VSGV. The money gathered at each site will then be given to one of our designees to assist them in providing Christmas for those in need. The money gathered for each organization will go to the designees as described below.

Choose the organization you would like to donate to:

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Villa will be helping
The Inner City Home of Sudbury and Elgin Street Mission.

Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre will be helping
The Inner City Home of Sudbury and Elgin Street Mission.

Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Gabriels Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year,
Villa St Gabriel Villa
will be helping
The Azilda Food Bank.

Donate Now to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)

Thank You for Your Donation!   Happy Holidays!

Staff Vaccination Incentive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre – It’s Win – Win!

Media Release:  September 2021

As an incentive to increase staff vaccination rates at all of its sites, St. Joseph’s Health Centre held a raffle whereby the names of fully vaccinated staff were entered into a draw to win $500 in cash.

The lucky winners were:

Laura Ross, St. Joseph’s Villa
Michelle Mayer, Villa St. Gabriel Villa
Aseem Khajuria, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre
Carli Derochie, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Roger Leveille and Laura Ross

Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Laura Ross

Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli

Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator

“We are fortunate and proud that the majority of our staff are fully vaccinated. We must continue to be diligent and to urge everyone to get vaccinated” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO. “As we head into the peak of the 4th wave, we must be pro-active. Please continue to physically distance, to wash your hands and to wear a mask in public.”

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria Staff Vaccination Incentive

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria

According to Public Health Sudbury & District, as of September 6, 2021 84.6% of residents (12+) have received their first dose and 77.6% are fully immunized. Provincially, these figures are 83.6% and 77.1% respectively. Let’s continue this momentum! Get vaccinated today!

Tanya Gil-Alfau
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

What a Ride! Wishes Come True at St. Joseph’s Villa!

Media Release:  September 2021

Staff of the Harley Davidson Shop and St. Joseph’s Villa; the Freedom Riders
Sudbury Bike Nights and chauffeur Pat Severin
Jim with Suzanne Gaudreault and the A&W Bear

Pictured left to right:  Staff of the Harley Davidson Shop and St. Joseph’s Villa; the Freedom Riders, Sudbury Bike Nights and chauffeur Pat Severin;  Jim with Suzanne Gaudreault and the A&W Bear.

Jim Oman was the 2021 Make a Wish winner of St. Joseph’s Villa. He was nominated by the staff on his floor to have his wish of going for one more ride in a motorcycle come true. Community volunteer Pat Severin heard about Jim’s wish through social media and readily offered to take Jim out for a spin.

As part of the wish he visited the Harley Davidson Shop to prepare for his big day where he was spoiled. On the day of his ride the Freedom Riders Motorcycle Association of Northern Ontario, Inc. (Sudbury) as well as Sudbury Bike Nights joined in with Jim, Pat and members of the GSPS Traffic Management Unit for a ride through Sudbury. They finished their ride at A&W, where A&W owners Suzanne and Paul Gaudreault treated everyone to a cold root beer and a special treat for Jim.

The staff of St. Joseph’s Villa, as well as Jim himself were humbled by the enormous support the community of Sudbury offered to make these two days extra special for Jim.

Ride Hard, Live Free Jim!

Media Contact:
Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant
705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2021-09-21T12:32:56-05:00September 7th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (SSJSSM) Awards – 2021- St. Joseph’s Villa, Sudbury

The President/CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Jo-Anne Palkovits hosts a celebration of the 16th annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie awards for excellence. This award is given by peers in recognition of their colleagues.

2021-09-07T12:21:00-05:00September 7th, 2021|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

St. Joseph’s Villa Celebrates Another Centenarian!

Media Release:  August 2021

100th Birthday Celebration

From top left to right: Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO
Bottom left to right:  Frank Mallett, Son; Winita Mallett, Centenarian & Linda Mallett, Daughter

Happy 100th Birthday to Winita Mallet who tuned 100 years old on August 3rd, 2021.

Winita is one of the original residents of St. Joseph’s Villa having moved in shortly after the Villa opened in December of 2003.  Winita’s children, Frank and Linda were on hand to celebrate as well as a small group of other family and residents.

Staff shared that turning 100 had been a long-standing goal of Winita’s that she spoke of often.  Son Frank attributed her longevity to the excellent care provided at St. Joseph’s Villa throughout the years and was grateful for the opportunity to gather and celebrate this remarkable milestone.

Happy Birthday Winita!

2021-08-05T14:47:53-05:00August 5th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Honouring the Ashcroft Family for their contributions to St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Media Release:  July 26, 2021

Honouring the Ashcroft Family

Left to right: Margaret Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Chair – St. Joseph’s Foundation
Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO – St. Joseph’s Health Centre

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jim and Margaret Ashcroft and their family for their many contributions to the organization over the past decades.

“Today is a very special day for St. Joseph’s Villa. It is a day to say thank you to Margaret and Jim Ashcroft and their family for their on-going collective generosity over the years to St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and the previous Sudbury General Hospital and to honour the memory and legacy of Jim Ashcroft” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator.

In a small and physically distanced ceremony which was held at St. Joseph’s Villa, Margaret Ashcroft was surrounded by her sons, Mark, Brendan and Andrew, along with their families to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Ashcrofts have been long-time supporters of St. Joseph’s.  Jim Ashcroft was a St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board member from 1987 to 1989. He was also an integral member of the Board’s Building and Property Committee as well as a member of the St. Joseph’s Foundation from 2000 to 2010.

Margaret Ashcroft was as a Board member on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors from 1994 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2013.  In that time, she served as Board Chair from 2001 to 2005.  Margaret also joined the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board in 2005 and remains a dedicated member to this very day.

Jim and Margaret Ashcroft were not the only family members to support St. Joseph’s.  Their son, Mark Ashcroft, is working on the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds for St. Joseph’s Villa.  Over the past several months, Mark Ashcroft has secured over $500,000 in donations towards this campaign.

“Over the past several decades the Ashcroft family were not only dedicated volunteers, they were and continue to be true ambassadors and devotees who donated over $200,000 to the St. Joseph’s family.

In honour of their generosity, the St. Joseph’s Villa Healing Garden was named The Jim Ashcroft Family Healing Garden.

The healing garden promotes activities, encourage interactions, and provides enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, volunteers friends and staff of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The health effects and benefits of this healing garden serve to enhance the quality of life for all, and for this, we are truly thankful.

Left to right front row: Margaret Ashcroft, Sr. Bonnie McLellan, General Superior – Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Jonah, Mallory, Sloane, Evie, Mark Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Jo-Anne Palkovits. Back row: Andrew, Annie, Jake, Jennifer and Brendan Ashcroft

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison
705-674-2846 ext. 2014

Message to families regarding changes effective July 16 2021

With the Province moving into Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan on Friday July 16 comes some significant changes that will also take effect on Friday for Long Term Care homes in Ontario.  The new Directive for Long Term care will provide changes including:

  • Rapid Antigen Testing is no longer required for asymptomatic, fully immunized individuals (staff, visitor, or otherwise).
    • A person is considered fully immunized if they have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry.
    • Proof of full immunization (both doses) must be provided before entry into the facility. People can prove they are fully immunized by showing the physical or emailed receipt that was provided to them at the time of vaccination. Vaccination receipts can also be downloaded or printed through the Provincial Portal at
  • For all those requiring Rapid Antigen testing, the frequency for testing has now changed to every 3 days.
  • All individuals entering the home ages 2 and up must follow the testing requirements. Parental consent is required for minors (individuals under 18 years of age) that undergo testing. If consent is not given and/or testing is refused, the individual is not permitted to enter the home.
  • Even with the removal of limits to visitors for residents, a maximum of 4 indoor visitors at a time per resident will be permitted to ensure proper physical distancing of 2 metres during visits.
  • Outdoor visits will still be available for those visitors who do not wish to receive a Rapid Antigen Test. Outdoor visits with greater than four visitors need to be coordinated ahead of time to ensure the proper setting is available for larger groups
  • Essential caregivers do not need to schedule their visits. A maximum of two Essential caregivers may visit indoors at one time
  • General visitors must still coordinate their visits through email with the receptionist and up to 2 general visitors may visit indoors at one time
  • Active screening is still in place for all who enter the facility and for those visitors taking part in outdoor visitors.
  • Eye protection is no longer required to be worn by visitors or staff unless in a room that is isolated under droplet precautions.
  • Universal masking is still in place for all people entering the facility and for the duration of indoor and outdoor visits by visitors. Food and beverages cannot be consumed by visitors during visits.
  • Requirements contingent upon homes’ immunization coverage rates of 85% residents and 70% staff fully immunized have been removed
  • As long as the facility is not in outbreak, and a resident is not symptomatic or on isolation protocol, all absences are permitted from the facility, regardless of immunization status and they may leave the home for temporary absences, which includes absences that involve two or more days and one or more nights for non-medical reasons. Prior approval by the Villa is required for multiple day and overnight absences.
    • For fully immunized residents being absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must have a PCR test upon their return and isolated until a negative test result is received
    • For residents who are not immunized or partially immunized, and are absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must be isolated for 10 days upon their return, with a PCR test conducted upon return to facility and on day 8 after return to the facility.
    • The Villa will provide a medical mask to the resident (as tolerated) and remind them to follow public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, while they are away from the home. With this in mind, residents should wear medical masks (as tolerated) and follow public health measures during an absence.
  • Life Enrichment Department off-site excursions for residents, regardless of immunization level, may resume
  • Activities involving singing and dancing may resume within the home
  • Residents will be monitored for symptoms once daily
  • Although the return to communal dining for residents has been permitted with these new Directives, the Villa will not be changing the current dining model as of yet. We will be taking a more gradual and cautious approach to returning to communal dining over the next few weeks or so.

These steps forward will be very beneficial for residents, families, and staff alike. Although our COVD case numbers have decreased dramatically both provincially and locally, we must still ensure we do our best to keep our residents safe and healthy. Please adhere to all of the recommended measures for public health and safety when in the community including wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, and respecting guidelines for social gatherings.

Thanks again for all that you do for those living and working at the Villa, and enjoy your summer.

2021-07-16T09:58:01-05:00July 16th, 2021|St. Joseph’s Villa News|