St. Joseph’s Health Centre Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
(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.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!
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!
Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie Awards For Excellence
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.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program – 3 Recipients Awarded $1,000 bursaries!
October 2017 – This past year St. Joseph’s Health Centre established a 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 recipients are Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services, Sadna Hettiarachchi, Food Services Assistant, St. Joseph’s Villa and Michelle Viel, Personal Care Assistant, Villa St. Gabriel Villa.
Congratulations to our recipients! Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.
Right to left: Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Right to left: Michelle Viel, Personal Care Assistant and Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Villa St. Gabriel Villa
Right to left: Sadna Hettiarachchi, Food Services Assistant and Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa
St. Joseph’s Villa is the recipient of a Union Gas Community Improvement Grant!
Media Release – September 2017
From left to right: Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, Michele Roy, Union Gas Representative
From left to right: Ray Thoms, Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Villa
On August 22, 2017 St. Joseph’s Villa had two special visitors bearing a very generous gift for the Garden Way neighborhood. Representatives from Union Gas, Vince Rodrigue and Michele Roy provided a cheque in the amount of $1000.00 as part of the companies’ Community Improvement Grant. The initiative helps to strengthen communities by donating to local projects accompanied by a volunteer component fulfilled by Union Gas employees.
The money was donated to the Life Enrichment Department who in turn used the donation to fund “Memory Lane” a collection of over 20 nostalgic pictures of Sudbury and surrounding areas that were hung in the neighborhood that is home to residents living with dementia. Ray Thoms, a community historian also came on board for the project and provided the refinished pictures of Sudbury.
The collection has provided the residents of Garden Way with a more meaningful walk throughout their day as well as opportunity to reminiscence on days gone by. Our gratitude is extended to both Union Gas and Mr. Ray Thoms for making this project a meaningful addition to the daily experience of our residents.