Villa St. Gabriel Villa News

Staff Vaccination Incentive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre – It’s Win – Win!

Media Release:  September 2021

As an incentive to increase staff vaccination rates at all of its sites, St. Joseph’s Health Centre held a raffle whereby the names of fully vaccinated staff were entered into a draw to win $500 in cash.

The lucky winners were:

Laura Ross, St. Joseph’s Villa
Michelle Mayer, Villa St. Gabriel Villa
Aseem Khajuria, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre
Carli Derochie, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Roger Leveille and Laura Ross

Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Laura Ross

Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli

Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator

“We are fortunate and proud that the majority of our staff are fully vaccinated. We must continue to be diligent and to urge everyone to get vaccinated” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO. “As we head into the peak of the 4th wave, we must be pro-active. Please continue to physically distance, to wash your hands and to wear a mask in public.”

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria Staff Vaccination Incentive

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria

According to Public Health Sudbury & District, as of September 6, 2021 84.6% of residents (12+) have received their first dose and 77.6% are fully immunized. Provincially, these figures are 83.6% and 77.1% respectively. Let’s continue this momentum! Get vaccinated today!

Tanya Gil-Alfau
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (SSJSSM) Awards –2021- Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Chelmsford

The President/CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Jo-Anne Palkovits hosts a celebration of the 16th annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie awards for excellence. This award is given by peers in recognition of their colleagues.

September 7th, 2021|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Wishes Come True at St. Gabriel’s Villa!

Media Release:  August 2021

VSGV Make a Wish Convertible Ride 2021

Joan Watier was the 2021 Make a Wish Winner at St. Gabriel’s Villa. Joan received four different nominations from members of her care team. On August 26th her wish became a reality.
Joan’s bucket list included going for a ride in a convertible and her care staff wanted to see her spoiled for the day including lunch and time spent with good friends and family.
Perhaps what made this wish the most memorable was the opportunity for Joan to spend time with her son Tim who flew in from British Columbia. Mother and son had the opportunity to spend three days cruising around town, top down, catching up on the past year and a half.

Congratulations Joanie!

Media Contact: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant
705-674-2846 ext. 2104

August 30th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family update

Good afternoon

I hope that you are enjoying your summer as we start into August.

I want to make you aware of some information and changes that we are making in an effort to enhance our residents’ experience at the Villa as we continue through the pandemic.

Effective Monday August 9th, general visitors will no longer be required to schedule indoor visits with residents. In reviewing the frequency of visits per week, we have found that scheduling indoor visits is no longer warranted. Please note the following:

  • We will still require outdoor visits to be scheduled so that we can ensure that residents are brought out to the outdoor visiting area as required.
  • No more than 4 visitors per resident are permitted for indoor visits at one time to ensure physical distancing can be maintained indoors.
  • We ask that general visitors refrain from visiting at the following times:
    • Before 10:00 am (to allow breakfast and morning care to be completed)
    • Between 12:00 and 1:30 (lunch meal service and afternoon care)
    • Between 5:00 and 6:00 (dinner meal service)
  • All visitors are required to have a mask on at all times during their visit, regardless of whether the visit is indoors and outdoors.
  • No food or drink is to be consumed by visitors during visits as this would require the removal of the mask to do so.

To date there has been no change in testing requirements. Those visitors with proof of being fully vaccinated will not require a Rapid Antigen Test. Those visitors who are not fully vaccinated will still require Rapid Antigen testing for indoor visits. No testing is required for general visitors taking part in outdoor visits but screening with the Lobby Deputy is still required prior to outdoor visits.

With respect to the dining room meal services, we have now moved the Vermillion and High Falls neighbourhoods to full communal dining with four residents per table and without Plexiglass partitions. We will be transitioning Whitson and White Water shortly once the seating arrangements are finalized.

To conclude this email with some lighter information, below is an opportunity presented to you to support our organization through the St. Joseph’s Foundation, which is the fund raising entity that raises funds for all sites in our organization, including St. Gabriel’s Villa.

St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury Launches its 50/50 Campaign for Compassionate Care

50 50 Draw Logo

We are excited to announce the launch of our 50/50 DRAW. This is a great opportunity for YOU to support our compassionate care at St. Joseph’s! This is the one 50/50 Draw in YOUR community dedicated to rehabilitative and restorative care for local citizens when they are most vulnerable!

St. Joseph’s Sudbury has been providing compassionate and caring services to YOUR community for 18 years. Traditional government funding goes entirely to cover basic costs for resident and patient care but does not provide additional dollars for new equipment, upgrades and maintenance.  With the launch of our 50/50 draw we look forward to the opportunity to make the improvements over time that will make our resident and patient stays that much more safe, comfortable and in the case of our rehabilitation patients, rewarding.

COVID-19 has taught us much and has added greater urgency for the need to ensure we upgrade our facility to the highest standards.  The pandemic has resulted in unexpected costs for staffing, agency staffing and PPE.  Moving forward, we have all learned the importance of being prepared for all eventualities.

That’s why YOUR support for our 50/50 Draw is so needed and so appreciated!

YOU can buy YOUR tickets via our secure portal at  

Thank you from the entire St. Joseph’s family!

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Honouring the Ashcroft Family for their contributions to St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Media Release:  July 26, 2021

Honouring the Ashcroft Family

Left to right: Margaret Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Chair – St. Joseph’s Foundation
Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO – St. Joseph’s Health Centre

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jim and Margaret Ashcroft and their family for their many contributions to the organization over the past decades.

“Today is a very special day for St. Joseph’s Villa. It is a day to say thank you to Margaret and Jim Ashcroft and their family for their on-going collective generosity over the years to St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and the previous Sudbury General Hospital and to honour the memory and legacy of Jim Ashcroft” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator.

In a small and physically distanced ceremony which was held at St. Joseph’s Villa, Margaret Ashcroft was surrounded by her sons, Mark, Brendan and Andrew, along with their families to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Ashcrofts have been long-time supporters of St. Joseph’s.  Jim Ashcroft was a St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board member from 1987 to 1989. He was also an integral member of the Board’s Building and Property Committee as well as a member of the St. Joseph’s Foundation from 2000 to 2010.

Margaret Ashcroft was as a Board member on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors from 1994 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2013.  In that time, she served as Board Chair from 2001 to 2005.  Margaret also joined the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board in 2005 and remains a dedicated member to this very day.

Jim and Margaret Ashcroft were not the only family members to support St. Joseph’s.  Their son, Mark Ashcroft, is working on the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds for St. Joseph’s Villa.  Over the past several months, Mark Ashcroft has secured over $500,000 in donations towards this campaign.

“Over the past several decades the Ashcroft family were not only dedicated volunteers, they were and continue to be true ambassadors and devotees who donated over $200,000 to the St. Joseph’s family.

In honour of their generosity, the St. Joseph’s Villa Healing Garden was named The Jim Ashcroft Family Healing Garden.

The healing garden promotes activities, encourage interactions, and provides enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, volunteers friends and staff of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The health effects and benefits of this healing garden serve to enhance the quality of life for all, and for this, we are truly thankful.

Left to right front row: Margaret Ashcroft, Sr. Bonnie McLellan, General Superior – Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Jonah, Mallory, Sloane, Evie, Mark Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Jo-Anne Palkovits. Back row: Andrew, Annie, Jake, Jennifer and Brendan Ashcroft

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison
705-674-2846 ext. 2014