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TORONTO (July 10, 2018) – Santo A. Veltri, a senior Vaughan litigator, has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors of Villa Charities Inc. at its Board meeting on June 26, 2018. Villa Charities is a registered charity and non-profit organization that cultivates, promotes and celebrates Italian culture and heritage. Villa Charities has served the Greater Toronto Area’s Italian community for almost 50 years by providing culturally sensitive long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors, as well as educational, cultural and athletic programs. g Mr. Veltri grew up in the Dufferin-Lawrence neighbourhood, attending both St. Charles Catholic School…

Toronto – May 23 , 2018 – The best of Italian culture, heritage and cuisine will once again take centre stage during Italian Heritage Month in June. We invite you to join us at the Columbus Centre as we present a month full of exciting programs and exhibits, with a focus on Italian music, theatre, art and more. “Throughout June we will celebrate Italian heritage through a series of enriching programs,” said Emanuele Lepri, Executive Director of Cultural Programming, Villa Charities. “This is a time to honour the contributions of Italian-Canadians to our diverse cultural mosaic and celebrate with the…

TORONTO – May 1 , 2018 – Villa Charities will present Russian – born artist Sergey Tesker’s exhibition, “One Euro Italy,” from May 4 – 28, 2018. As part of the Open Exhibition Program for the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the exhibition will be held at Toronto’s Columbus Centre in the Upper Gallery of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, which is free and open to the public Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm “One Euro Italy” refers to a public campaign launched in Italy by mayors of remote villages called “Un euro per una casa.” To arrest…

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…

New shared-use facility will be reimagined space for Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy TORONTO, APRIL 18, 2017 – With a vision towards the future of urban space, Villa Charities Inc. and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) today unveiled the updated designs and a 3D model of the new shared-use facility for the Columbus Centre/Villa Charities and Dante Alighieri Academy Redevelopment. The new state-of-the-art, intergenerational community hub is considered the largest and only co-development project of its kind currently underway in North America, and will better meet the needs and expectations of future generations and the communities they…

Toronto, ON, January 27, 2017 – Anthony DiCaita has been appointed President and CEO of Villa Charities Inc., effective as of Monday, January 23, 2017. Villa Charities is a registered charity that provides Italian Canadian culturally sensitive care and independent living for seniors as well as educational, cultural and athletic programs. He is an accomplished leader with more than twenty years of senior level finance and management experience in the healthcare sector. "Anthony brings passion, sectoral experience and tremendous vision," says Aldo Cundari, Chairman, Villa Charities Inc. "We are confident he is the right person to lead the organization during…

Villa Charities and TCDSB Unveil Bold Design for Shared Facility Renewed Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy to feature dramatic façade, state-of-the-art facilities Toronto (Nov. 23, 2016) – Villa Charities Inc. and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) today unveiled a design proposal for the combined new Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy Catholic Secondary School. The design includes a dramatic, three-story glass façade along Lawrence Ave., at the existing Columbus Centre location, with state-of-the-art cultural, athletic, dining, educational and other facilities along with a new performing arts theatre. The design unveiling follows the joint submission of a Site…