Left to right: Marc Serre, MP Nickel Belt, Alicia Wood, CEO Covergalls Workwear., Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator Villa St. Gabriel Villa
As part of the Covergalls Workwear Canadastrong campaign, whereby a portion of their Canadian made fabric mask sales go towards the purchase of essential PPE for long-term care facilities, Alicia Wood, CEO Covergalls Workwear was pleased to present a cheque in the amount of $3,000 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. “We are so appreciative of this kind act and on behalf of our staff and residents, we thank you!”
Story by Angie Gilchrist, Program Coordinator, Life Enrichment
Make no mistake. Not everything is doom and gloom currently in long-term care. As a matter of fact, the front entrance of St. Joseph’s Villa has never looked more colourful. Besides the photo-diary of our time spent “busy” in isolation from March to June, on August 20th the Villa’s Silent Auction went on display. Up for auction this year are 21 framed and hand-painted masterpieces done by the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa.
When large group programs ceased in March and physical distancing became a part of our new reality in long-term care, Life Enrichment Staff member Sadna Hettiarachchi reached out to Villa residents to share her love of art. Painting had always been an interest of Sadna’s and she was eager to be able to pass on that passion and enthusiasm to her residents. “The paintings turned out to be so beautiful and I could not believe my eyes!” And it is true. Everyone was very pleased with the results. “All staff members, residents and family members were elated with the result, taking time to admire the paintings, offered supplies to improve our painting and speaking with residents about their works of art. This further fuelled me to expand the program with more resident, projects and loftier goals.” There was some hesitancy at first when Sadna approached the prospective artists. “Whenever I (would) ask residents to come for painting they say yeah right, I’m not an artist, I’ve never painted.” The residents however would leave the program feeling “amazed” at their final masterpiece. “I can see it brings joy, keeps them active, engaged and for some, a reason for living.”
The art program has also inspired residents to pursue painting on their own with several residents investing in their own drafting tables and paint supplies for their room. When asked about the therapeutic benefits to the program Sadna believes the program “adds colour to their quality of life, helps to reduce stress , overcome loneliness, resolve conflicts, manage behaviour, increase self-esteem, self-awareness and many more.”
Sadna’s favorite memory from this remarkable program: “I have many sweet memories, when I was painting a Dachshund dog with a resident; she was in tears as it brought her memories back of her dog. She chose the colours of her dog, framed and kept it as a treasure in her room.
The Silent Auction will run until Friday September 18th. All funds raised will go to the Recreation Fund that assists the Life Enrichment Department to replenish supplies for recreational programming. The Life Enrichment Department is also currently considering producing a 2021 calendar which will include more resident artwork.
BACK – From left to right: Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Rheal Gelinas from the Carpenters and Allied Workers Union Local 2486, and LEA Kailey Parsley FRONT – From left to right: Bob Neveu, Sandy Maclennan and Florian Castonguay, residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa
Gratitude is extended to the Carpenters and Allied Workers Union Local 2846 who donated benches to Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Residents will have the opportunity to finish the benches as an activity and then they will be used on the grounds at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Our gratitude is extended on behalf of our residents.
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Maurice St. Martin, Medical Director at St. Joseph’s Villa for being honoured with the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s Circle of Excellence Award.
Your commitment to excellence and your contributions during these unprecedented times for the care of our residents has earned you this distinction and we certainly share in the pride of your accomplishment.
Left to right: Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator St. Joseph’s Villa; Doug Conroy, Manager Human Resources, Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations and Marcel Charron, President of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor)
Earlier this month, Marcel Charron, President of Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor approached Glencore to ask if they could either donate PPE or provide funding to St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa to be placed towards the purchase of PPE.
Surrounded by Unifor staff members, Doug Conroy, Manager of Human Resources at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations presents a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa of Sudbury. The funds will be placed towards the purchase of personal protective equipment at both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. “Our gratitude is extended to Glencore for their generous donation to purchase much needed PPE for our staff” stated Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa.
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a national contest hosted annually by CanadaHelps.
In the month of June, every $1 donated (minimum $3 donation required) from June 1st through June 30th using the St. Joseph’s Foundation donation page on our website acts as a ballot to enter us to win a $20,000 donation.
All registered Canadian charities listed on CanadaHelps.org are eligible to win the $20,000 prize drawn on Canada Day, July 1st.
As part as a Canadian Gujarati Cultural Association of Northern Ontario (CGCANO) initiative to show appreciation to front-line healthcare workers in long-term care homes in Greater Sudbury, Manthan Patel, owner of Sudbury Chelmsford and Azilda and Dhiren Patel, owner of Quiznos South End location, donated submarine sandwiches for the staff at Villa St. Gabriel Villa on May 27, 2020. “We are so appreciative of the kind community support – Thank you!.”
Staff wore their healthcare superheroes t-shirts and some sported capes to bolster staff morale at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. “We are so fortunate to have a dedicated and loyal staff who are willing to go above and beyond during these difficult times. On behalf of the residents, we thank all of our healthcare superheroes!” stated Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator.
For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death or a pandemic us do part. Who could have guessed in 1949 the need to add an additional barrier to such a classic wedding vow. On Monday May 11th, Ida and Clary Gatien celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Ida is a resident of Villa St. Gabriel Villa in Chelmsford. Before the province shut down all non-essential visitations to long-term care facilities Ida’s husband Clary would visit daily, arriving at 4 p.m. to spend the dinner hour with his wife. Hearing the news of the upcoming anniversary the Life Enrichment staff of St. Gabriel’s Villa decided to make this a window visit no one would forget. Staff decorated the visiting window at St. Gabriel’s Villa, purchased flowers for Ida and invited Ida’s care workers down for a sparkling beverage to toast the special couple. Clary was able to deliver his card and read his wife a very special anniversary wish. An anniversary certificate was also presented to both Ida and Clary from Villa St. Gabriel Villa.
When asked what the secret to a long successful marriage was Clary shared that he simply found a good woman; very loyal and dedicated to her family and the church.
In this unprecedented time it is uplifting to witness the amazing staff in long-term care who more than ever are going above and beyond to keep families connected and residents engaged!
From left to right: Claudette Lacasse, Director of Care, Donna-Lee Crowe, Human Resources Coordinator, Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, David Long, Chaplain, Terrie-Lynn Jolette, Social Worker
From left to right: David Long, Chaplain, Mary Carriere, RPN, Claudette Lacasse, Director of Care
Management at Villa St. Gabriel Villa wanted to treat their hard-working staff this week so they dressed up and trolleyed from neighbourhood to neighbourhood delivering frozen treats to the staff’s delight. “We are so fortunate to have a dedicated and loyal staff who are willing to go above and beyond during these difficult times. On behalf of the residents, we thank you!” stated Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator.