An Innovative Partnership between Collège Boréal and St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Aims to Address Northeastern Ontario’s Personal Support Worker Shortage
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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:
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
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
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!
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.
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