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2023 Employer Award of Distinction

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is the winner of the 2023 Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction!

The award recognizes an employer which has demonstrated exemplary support for Cambrian students and graduates. A longstanding partner of Cambrian, St. Joseph’s Health Centre has welcomed placement students and hired graduates from a variety of Cambrian programs, including BSCN, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Dental Hygiene, Computer Systems, and more.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Named 2023 Employer of Distinction

Presentation of Cambrian College Award

Kari Gervais, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury, receives the 2023 Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction from Shawn Poland, Cambrian’s Interim President.


February 7, 2023

SUDBURY – It is a health care organization that runs a rehabilitation hospital and two long-term-care homes in Greater Sudbury and has supported generations of Cambrian College students.

For its efforts, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury is this year’s recipient of the Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction.

The Award recognizes an organization or company that has demonstrated exemplary support for Cambrian, its students, and graduates.

“St. Joseph’s Health Centre has been one of our anchor community partners for decades and it is very deserving of the Employer Award of Distinction,” says Renee Scott, Cambrian’s Director of Recruitment and Student Success. “Over the years, St. Joseph’s Health Centre has accommodated hundreds of our students on placement, in programs from Health Sciences to Community Services to Business and IT. They host our students and hire our graduates. We are very honoured to select St. Joseph’s Health Centre as this year’s

St. Joseph’s received the award at this year’s Cambrian College Career Fair Conference. Accepting the award on behalf of St. Joseph’s was President and CEO, Kari Gervais.

“We have always felt passionate about our duty to educate the next generation of caregivers in a way that promotes our mission of caring for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit, and in alignment with our values of Dignity, Excellence, Service and Integrity,” says Kari Gervais. “We have been very fortunate to find a likeminded organization in Cambrian College. We value our long-standing relationship and their dedication to ensuring students have meaningful and positive placement experiences. We owe our success to partnerships like these, and to the amazing work happening at the frontlines of our organization where our staff deliver compassionate care and service to our residents and patients, and mentorship to our students.”

St. Joseph’s Health Centre operates the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a rehabilitation hospital in Sudbury. It also administers St. Joseph’s Villa and St. Gabriel’s Villa, two long-term care homes in Sudbury. From 1950 to 2010, St. Joseph’s operated the Sudbury General Hospital, before transitioning to
rehabilitation and long-term care.

The Giving Tree 2022

The Giving Tree

The Christmas season here at St. Joseph’s Health here has begun once again.

COVID-19 has made the financial climate challenging for some this year. Along with hanging lights and tinsel come an opportunity to give to those in need.

The Spiritual and Religious Care Dept. is sponsoring an initiative on behalf of SJHC. We encourage anyone involved with the organization to consider giving to our community and staff.

This year we will be able to give in two different ways:

1. The Giving Tree will be in the Lobby. Once again, we are decorating the tree with tags you may take to purchase pantry item(s) and return to the boxes under the tree. The deadline to bring in your items is Thursday, December 15th, at noon, when we deliver them to the charities. This deadline will give the charities plenty of time to sort and give to the appropriate individuals and families before Christmas.

2. This Virtual Giving Tree on our website. You can give a financial donation – by designating which site you want to go to SJV, CCC or VSGV. The money gathered at each location will provide gift cards to some of our staff that require assistance.

Choose the organization you would like to donate to:

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Villa will be helping
Our Staff and a local food bank.

Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre will be helping
Our Staff and a local food bank.


Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Gabriels Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year,
Villa St Gabriel Villa
will be helping
Our Staff and a local food bank.


Donate Now to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)

Thank You for Your Donation!   Happy Holidays!

Regency Bakery & Doyle Dodge Partner Together to Donate to St. Joseph’s Foundation

Media Release:  May 31, 2022

SJF Donation Regency Bakery Doyle Dodge

Left to right: Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge, Kari Gervais, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and
Paolo Massimiliano, Regency Bakery

Paolo Massimiliano, Regency Bakery and Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge present a cheque in the amount of $1,200 to Kari Gervais, President and CEO. Funds will be placed towards St. Joseph’s Villa.

In honour of the Feast of St. Joseph, which was celebrated on March 19, 2022, Regency Bakery in partnership with Doyle Dodge donated $1.00 from every Zeppole sold between March 15 to 19, 2022 to the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury.
The Feast of St. Joseph is observed by Christians in commemoration of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Taking place during the period of Lent, a time of fasting, the holiday is traditionally a meatless feast in Europe.
Zeppoles are little fried dough balls that are coated in powdered sugar and filled with vanilla custard and amarena cherries – an Italian delight!
“We are grateful to Regency Bakery and to Doyle Dodge for this generous donation. On behalf of our residents and staff, thank you!”
Kari Gervais, President and CEO

Celebrate with us!

Each year during the month of April, our organizations celebrate volunteers who have been an integral part of important human connections with residents, patients, staff, and families throughout the year. Thank you to all those staff, families, administration and volunteers who participated in the past 12 months in this year’s virtual video celebration – photo slideshow in honour of our volunteers in action at St. Joseph’s Villa and SJCCC South Bay Road and Clarion Sites!

Please enjoy the video here:

The National Volunteer week theme for 2022, Volunteering Is Empathy In Action, affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities. Thank you to our volunteers for being present, giving of opportunities and by doing so, making an incredible difference in other’s lives. Volunteering can help us develop empathy; viewing the world through the eyes of another, connect people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, expand our views and build our capacity to work collectively contributing to a vibrant, inclusive community.

During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate your actions, your understanding, and your sincere concern for the world around you- in which you chose to participate in making a vibrant, safe, compassionate and inclusive space.

Please celebrate by thanking a volunteer at any time of year with us!

Volunteer Week Poster English and French

The month of May has been chosen as “Make a Wish” month.

In seeking to enrich the lives of our residents, St. Joseph’s Villa will grant one resident’s wish each Senior’s Month to provide a unique and meaningful life experience or a new opportunity.

Families can download a copy of the nomination forms from the St. Joseph’s Villa website and submit nominations through care mail.

Please refer to the nomination form for complete contest details.

Click Here for the Make A Wish Nomination Form
2022-04-28T13:16:53-05:00April 28th, 2022|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

The Artists’ of St. Joseph’s Villa 2022 Calendar

Three Calendar Pictures

The painting program was introduced to provide engagement and meaning during periods of COVID isolation.

Calendars are $30.00 each with all proceeds going back to the Recreation Fund of St. Joseph’s Villa which purchases supplies for this therapeutic art program.

Calendars are now available to order online by e-mailing Please advise in the e-mail your preference to pick up at reception or have your calendar mailed. Cheques can be made payable to the Recreation Fund of St. Joseph’s Villa.

Thank you for your generous support!

Calendar Painting Tree
Calendar Painting Lake
Calendar Painting Cardinal

2021-12-29T12:24:15-05:00December 29th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Kari Gervais announced as new President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury

Media Release:  December 17, 2021

Kari Gervais

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Gervais to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 31, 2022.

Ms. Gervais was selected following an extensive national search conducted by Mirams Becker, a healthcare executive search firm.  Ms. Gervais is an accomplished executive who for the past 14 years held the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

Daniel Sirois, Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors said, “Ms. Gervais has been an integral part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre senior management team. The Board is confident that Ms. Gervais has the right leadership qualities to lead the organization through a time of growth while building on the legacy and achievements of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Ms. Gervais’s extensive clinical background combined with her value-based leadership style makes her a natural fit for the organization.  I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms. Gervais on her appointment as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and look forward to working with her to continue to provide quality care to the residents and patients.”

With more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, Ms. Gervais has an unwavering commitment to quality care with a reputation for achieving results and inspiring others.

“I feel a strong personal alignment with the organizational values of Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence which will continue to guide my work and I look forward to serving St. Joseph’s Health Centre not only as President and CEO but as Mission Leader as well” stated Ms. Gervais.

Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Gerontology from Laurentian University,  a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University, an Administrator’s Leadership Certificate from the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and is a member in good standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is not for profit organization which oversees the operation St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital located on South Bay Road and a 32-bed hospital at the Clarion Hotel site located downtown Sudbury.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also oversees the operation of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, two 128-bed long-term care homes, located on South Bay Road in Sudbury and Reginal Road 15 in Chelmsford, respectively.

Information:    Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison