St. Joseph’s Villa ~ You Never Know Unless you Try!
Media Release: August 2020
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.
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.
Media Release: June 2020
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.
Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations donates $10,000 for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa
Media Release: June 2020
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.
The Gillis Family shows their Support to Residents and Staff at St. Joseph’s Villa
Media Release: April 30, 2020
As a pure act of kindness, Johnathon Gillis and his family decided to make home made hand sanitizer for residents and staff at St. Joseph’s Villa. The special delivery package came with a heartfelt note from their daughter (see below).
“In these uncertain times, this thoughtful gift for our residents and staff is heartwarming and brings a tear to the eye.” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator. Thank you to the Gillis family for helping keep the residents and staff at of St. Joseph’s Villa safe. It is truly appreciated!