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
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!