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After arduous years of painstaking research, the Committee for the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project, under the banner of its sponsor Villa Charities, with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Canada, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, and many community and corporate donors, poignantly unveiled The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall on the grounds of Columbus Centre on the 28th of April 2016.The Unveiling commemorated nearly 1000 Italian Fallen Workers who had been verified by that date, as having lost their lives to workplace tragedies over a span of a century of immigration to our great Canadian…

TORONTO, February 23, 2018 – Villa Charities Inc. today announced the redevelopment of the Columbus Centre in partnership with Dante Alighieri Academy will not be going forward in its current format, as the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has rejected the project, based on the direction from the Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris. This decision was made in isolation and without discussion with Villa Charities or the receipt of the Director of Education’s final report. “In good faith and at the request of the previous Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, we implemented public consultations at great expense and delayed…

  TORONTO – JANUARY 23, 201 8 – Villa Charities will present Canadian-Italian artist Tony Luciani’s exhibition “MAMMA, In the Meantime,” with support from the Alzheimer Society, from February 15 – April 2, 2018. The exhibition tells the story of Tony and his mother Elia as they embark on a journey of discovery where art becomes the perfect medium to express the grief and wonders of living with dementia. It will be held at Toronto’s Columbus Centre in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5…

Toronto, ON, September 26, 2017 – Emanuele Lepri has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of Cultural Programming for Villa Charities Inc. Emanuele, whose tenure begins November 1, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Villa Charities with more than 30 years of excellence in the cultural and educational sectors. “Emanuele’s extensive experience and innovative thinking truly complement the Villa Charities family – he will be a great addition who shares our values and beliefs,” said Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc. “He has spent his whole career in the cultural sector and will…

Click on the image below to see how Villa Charities is serving and engaging with seniors on a daily basis, by the numbers.   More Seniors’ Month Features Creativity and Entrepreneurship Blossom at Villa Colombo Toronto New Villa Colombo Vaughan Program Combines Cuisine and Culture for Residents Aquatics Program Helps Seniors Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy The Story of Giuseppina Soscia and the Villa Colombo Community Services Villa Colombo Vaughan Event Highlights

Every year, Villa Colombo Vaughan residents, volunteers and staff celebrate many different events and milestones. Here are just a few of the moments and memories captured at these celebrations.   More Seniors’ Month Features Creativity and Entrepreneurship Blossom at Villa Colombo Toronto New Villa Colombo Vaughan Program Combines Cuisine and Culture for Residents Aquatics Program Helps Seniors Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy Seniors’ Month Infographic The Story of Giuseppina Soscia and the Villa Colombo Community Services

For over four years, Mirjana Sebek has been teaching the Special Aquatics Programs, at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club.  The program is designed for seniors with medical and mobility issues. Sebek reminisces and describes the incredible response she’s witnessed from the participants of the program throughout her time as an instructor. “It’s amazing to see the seniors smiling, feeling better physically, moving around easier, and saying they can’t wait to come to the next class,” says Sebek. “Not only do these aquatics programs, which include specialty Aquafit classes, help seniors physically, they also benefit the participants’ mental health.” Mirjana stresses…