News and Events
Villa Colombo Toronto. Residents Enjoy Art Lessons, Yoga Therapy in November
The residents of Villa Colombo had an opportunity to enjoy an evening of art, food, wine and music led by local Italian artist Nick Biagini in November. The program has been shown to deliver benefits to seniors, including opportunities for self-expression, enhanced cognitive functioning and improved motor skills. In addition, arts programs decrease stress levels in the elderly, promote memory and increase enjoyment in the residents’ lives! This program began in November and will continue into 2018.
Residents also continue to participate in a special yoga therapy session led by Elaine Florio, a yoga therapist who believes that ‘if you breathe, you can do yoga’. The residents are able to enjoy the benefits of yoga while looking out onto the peaceful views of our gardens. Residents are able to engage in new and stimulating ways which affords wonderful opportunities to build new relationships and have fun. Yoga relaxation techniques have been shown to improve brain function and movement in elderly persons as well as enhance mood and reduce anxiety. In addition, the slow, controlled breathing practices of yoga help manage blood pressure levels while strengthening personal body awareness.
Villa Colombo Recognizes Volunteers at Annual Awards Celebration
The Volunteer Services team at Villa Colombo held its Recognition Awards Celebration on Thursday October 12, 2017 in Sala Caboto. Villa Colombo’s 92 volunteers and 15 students were recognizes for the support they provide to staff, residents and clients in numerous recreational programs, and services. In attendance were volunteers that contributed their time in 2016. Present to enjoy the festivities and thank the volunteers was the chaplain, senior staff, recreation aides, and residents.
Volunteers at Villa Colombo give their time, share their skills, talents, and strengths. They provide a great commitment to programs, the time they give to volunteering makes a huge difference to the seniors of the Italian community. Giving back is something done with pride and from the heart. Each volunteer gives a valuable contribution and plays a part in making a difference to the programs offered each day. In 2016, Villa Colombo Volunteers contributed 28,660 hours.
If you would like to know about volunteering opportunities and how you can join the volunteer team, you can apply online by clicking here or calling us at 416-789-2113 ext. 2216.
Villa Colombo Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday
Villa Colombo Toronto Celebrates Fall Events
Residents at Villa Colombo Toronto enjoyed a Karaoke Night on September 9 where they sang songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s in the Piazza area. Residents also attended a cherry-picking outing to Niagara-on-the-Lake on September 18. Residents, staff and volunteers will be going apple picking on October 2 and plan to turn the apples they have picked into delicious apple pie!
Villa Colombo Launches New Yoga Program for Residents
Villa Colombo residents will participate in the trial yoga program “Chair Yoga” on August 29. The program will be facilitated by a professional instructor and residents will learn seven wheelchair-focused poses that encourage increased physical activity and mobility.
For more information on the program, please contact Justine Dudziak, Manager, Programs, at 416-789-2113 ext. 2335
Join us for our upcoming Corale Polifonica di Ercolano event!
Villa Colombo Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday
Residents, staff and volunteers at Villa Colombo celebrated Canada Day with a special Canada 150 art project. The handmade banner recognized the country’s 150th birthday with a colourful display showcased in the main lobby.
CHIN Radio Live Broadcast From Villa Colombo Spreads Awareness of Volunteer Opportunities
CHIN Radio visited Villa Colombo for a live broadcast on Sunday, June 25. Visitors and listeners heard about the wide range of volunteer opportunities available at Villa Colombo, including chapel escorts, garden escorts, meal and special events assistance and the Meals On Wheels program.
Those who visited Villa Colombo or tuned in during the live broadcast were also offered a chance to enter a contest to win a $150 gift card to Ristorante Boccaccio. There were also other prizes and giveaways for those who came to see the live broadcast in person.
Thank you to CHIN Radio for joining us at Villa Colombo and spreading awareness about the volunteer opportunities at Villa Colombo. If you would like to learn more about the many volunteer roles and their benefits, please contact Villa Colombo at 416-789-2113 ext. 2335.
Villa Colombo Celebrates Nurses’ Week
Every day the Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Personal Support Workers of Villa Colombo Toronto go above and beyond for our residents. Nurses’ Week is an opportunity to highlight the day to day work of the Villa Colombo Toronto nursing staff. This year, Nurses’ Week kicked off with a presentation by one of Villa Colombo Toronto’s own Registered Nurses, Lorraine Dunn. Lorraine shared her experiences in international nursing and her work in Egypt. The presentation was followed by the cutting of the Nurses’ Week cake.
Throughout the week, many events brought staff together with colleagues and management to engage in new learning experiences.
Villa Colombo Prepares for Senior’s Month
June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario and Villa Colombo is recognizing the special occasion with events throughout the month.
Events include two performances by the North Toronto Community Band (June 5 and June 15 at 6:30pm), Bingo (June 6 at 1:30pm) and Porchetta and Beer Night (June 21 at 6:30pm).
All events will take place in Sala Caboto. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Porchetta and Beer Night, please contact Justine Dudziak at 416-789-2113 ext. 2335.