St. Joseph’s Foundation News

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

“You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.” – Denzel Washington

Although it was the holiday season, COVID did not take any time off. I sincerely thank you all at all sites, all staff, and medical staff for continuing your dedicated efforts at keeping our patients and residents safe and secure during the holiday season.

We recognize that anticipation is high regarding vaccinations and staff have ongoing questions. There are a number of factors at play and vaccination planning is currently underway as per the Ontario Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan as laid out by General Rick Hillier. Our commitment to you is to be transparent and provide answers and updates regarding the vaccination roll-out plans as they become available.

Internal Updates

SJV Outbreak Update

On January 1, 2021, PHSD declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV due to a positive result in a staff member.

We continue to work closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to ensure all measures are in place to protect our residents and you. I want to assure you that the risk of infection in our facilities remains low. At this time all residents and other staff remain asymptomatic. We will continue to monitor this situation in cooperation with our medical director Dr. M. St. Martin and the PHSD.

None of the residents who were in contact with our employee are symptomatic and all are being tested. Our residents will continue to be isolated in their individual rooms as necessary.

With the declaration of this outbreak, additional control measures have been put in place and are being overseen by an outbreak management team. These include the following:

  • General visits are not permitted.
  • Only 1 essential visitor per resident at a time will be allowed to care for their loved one. Please remember that essential visitors require a Covid–19 negative result not older than 7 days to enter the building.
  • During visits everyone is required to wear a mask AND eye protection such as goggles or a face shield.
  • Non-essential items will not be allowed in the facility.
  • Resident leaves of absence are not permitted.
  • Residents will not be allowed to leave the property unless it is for an essential medical appointment.
  • Residents will be eating their meals in their rooms.
  • The café and hair salon are closed.

I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous work that you are doing in caring for our residents during this challenging time.

Provincial Update

The Province of Ontario remains in Grey Lockdown.

Data Update
As of January 5, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 197,360 which is an increase of 3,128 from yesterday – this includes 166,790 resolved cases and 4,730 reported deaths. There are currently 25,840 active cases in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 28
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 18
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 19
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 10
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 23
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 20
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 60

At work I ask that you please continue to maintain strict PPE and infection-control vigilance. In our personal lives, we need to ensure that we continually assess and mitigate our risks in the social encounters and activities in which we participate. Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and please limit your contact to those only within your household.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Additional Resources
Public Health Ontario
Sudbury & District Public Health
COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury

Great Canadian Giving Challenge June 2020

What is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge?

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 are eligible to win the $20,000 prize drawn on Canada Day, July 1st.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge Promotional ad

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Sends Cheers to our Volunteers!

National volunteer week represents an opportunity for us to pause and express our gratitude toward our passionate volunteers who make it possible for us at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa to deliver on our Vision of Making Lives Matter.
We are thankful to each and everyone of our volunteers, thankful – for their dedication, their loyalty, and their commitment to our residents, patients and staff. This past year, our more than 300 volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours of caring support!

It is our time to applaud OUR VOLUNTEERS!

For those who are able to continue to volunteer during these tumultuous times, we are truly grateful. To all others, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Please stay healthy!

Cheers To Volunteers graphic "It's Time to applaud Canada's volunteers"


September 2018

Don Bryson Peter Draper and John Cook from the Knight of Columbus Council #11219 Chelmsford and Nathalie Dubé from Delta Gaming present a cheque in the amount of $500.00 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator.  Funds will be placed towards Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

      Left to right:  Don Bryson, Peter Draper, Nathalie Dube, John Cook and Ray Ingriselli

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

Media Release – August 2014

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

From left to right:  Joe McDonald, Robert Bertuzzi, Jo-Anne Palkovits and Dan Boyd

Joe McDonald and Dan Boyd from Schuster Boyd McDonald and Robert Bertuzzi from Reliable Cleaning Services, present a cheque in the amount of $35,000 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.   These funds were raised at the Chip in for Charity Golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald which took place on August 9th, 2018 at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club. The monies will be placed towards the Cycling Without Age program at each St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  Cycling Without Age is an innovative program designed to enhance the lives of seniors by providing them with an opportunity to remain connected to and active in the community.

Tournament Champions 2018

From left to right: Jay Jewett, Brian Coufal, Dave Petryna, Pat Laferriere

Funds raised by the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury help support St. Joseph’s Health Centre; a non-profit organization that provides services for some of the most vulnerable citizens within the Greater Sudbury Community.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre oversees the operation of the Village of Care Campus located on South Bay Road which includes St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed longterm care home and room with potential growth. In addition, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital, is co-located on this site.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also operates Villa St. Gabriel Villa, a 128-bed long-term care home located in Chelmsford, Ontario.