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

Media Release – October 2018

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

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL #11219 DONATE TO VILLA ST. GABRIEL VILLA

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+00:00 August 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

Media Release – August 2014

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

From left to right:  Joe McDonald, Robert Bertuzzi, Jo-Anne Palkovits and Dan Boyd

Joe McDonald and Dan Boyd from Schuster Boyd McDonald and Robert Bertuzzi from Reliable Cleaning Services, present a cheque in the amount of $35,000 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.   These funds were raised at the Chip in for Charity Golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald which took place on August 9th, 2018 at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club. The monies will be placed towards the Cycling Without Age program at each St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  Cycling Without Age is an innovative program designed to enhance the lives of seniors by providing them with an opportunity to remain connected to and active in the community.

Tournament Champions 2018

From left to right: Jay Jewett, Brian Coufal, Dave Petryna, Pat Laferriere

Funds raised by the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury help support St. Joseph’s Health Centre; a non-profit organization that provides services for some of the most vulnerable citizens within the Greater Sudbury Community.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre oversees the operation of the Village of Care Campus located on South Bay Road which includes St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed longterm care home and room with potential growth. In addition, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital, is co-located on this site.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also operates Villa St. Gabriel Villa, a 128-bed long-term care home located in Chelmsford, Ontario.

Wishes Are Coming True at St. Joseph’s Villa!

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

 

 

Honouring Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for her 15+years of service with St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury

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