(from left to right: Monseigneur Jean-Paul Jolicoeur, Linda Wilson, Board Chair, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Gerry Montpellier, Councillor Ward 3, France Gelinas, MPP Nickel Belt, Marc Serre, MP Nickel Belt, Evelyn Dutrisac, Councillor Ward 4 and Sr. Sarah Quackenbush, CHSO Representative)
(Sudbury) – March 30, 2016
Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated its 5th year anniversary on March 30, 2016. In honour of this occasion, dignitaries, residents, family members, staff and volunteers attended a special liturgy and celebratory event held today.
Monseigneur Jean-Paul Jolicoeur of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie provided a special liturgy in recognition of Villa St. Gabriel Villa’s 5th anniversary. A host of dignitaries and special guests including: Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt, France Gélinas, MPP Nickel Belt, Evelyn Dutrisac, Councillor Ward 4 and Gerry Montpellier, Councillor, Ward3, and supporters were in attendance.
Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator of Villa St. Gabriel Villa thanked everyone for their support over the past 5 years and noted “the most important and heartfelt gratitude that I have today is for our residents. You are the reason we are here today and every day for the past 5 years”.
Since its opening on March 28, 2011, Villa St. Gabriel Villa has had many firsts and acknowledgements:
- Accredited by CARF International
- Designated as a fully French language service facility under the French Language Services Act
- Recognized through the financial support of donors such as the Knight of Columbus, the Monique-Landry Sabourin Memorial Fund, the Gabriel and Laura Belanger Fund and the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury
- Acknowledged as part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre, with the 2016 Community Builders Award in Health Care.
Linda Wilson, Chair of Villa St. Gabriel Villa’s Board of Directors stated, “As a Board, we are proud that we have been able to build on the tradition of Catholic Health Care in our community by addressing the unmet needs and by rising to the challenge of funding, building, and operating this beautiful facility – a facility that 128 residents, at any given time, call home.”
Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / Board Liaison
705-674-2846 ext. 2104