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About the Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary (VCTA)

Villa Colombo Services for Seniors opened its doors in 1976 and involved one of the largest cooperative community efforts in the history of Canadians of Italian origin.

In that year, the Villa Colombo Ladies’ Auxiliary, now the VCTA, was founded with a purpose of benevolent volunteerism in support of the home and its valued residents. The VCTA is comprised of committed individuals who dedicate their time and efforts towards creating special fundraising events, promoting community awareness for the Villa, and assisting in promoting our rich Italian heritage as part of Canada’s multicultural environment.

In the last 40 years, the Ladies’ Auxiliary has raised millions of dollars for the Villa. As a service focused, not for profit charity, the VCLA membership is honoured and privileged to give back to our community.

How can you support the Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary? Volunteer at our special events, assist in the Gift Shop or lend your talents by knitting, sewing, baking, or engaging in personal contact with our seniors.

We invite you to attend one of our General Meetings or social events and mingle with our members. Our organization attracts members of various ages and backgrounds. The VCTA annual membership is $30.00. We invite you to join us and welcome your participation

Membership Benefits:

  • Receive a quarterly newsletter
  • Receive 15% off the general annual gym membership at Columbus Centre
  • Attend two general meetings featuring special guests of interest to everyone
  • Enjoy a 10% discount when dining at Ristorante Boccaccio
  • Receive a 5% discount on Cultural Arts courses at Columbus Centre (excludes private lessons)
  • Your VCTA membership will allow you to have a discounted rate to many of our events.

Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary Pasta Bingo Fundraiser


VCTA Board of Governors

Honorary Chairs:

Mary Bartolini †, Barbara Colangelo, Roseann Fioze, Colly Cavalluzzo †, Tea Calamia, Alfreda Riverso, Sonia Ricciutelli, Camille Mainelli, Gabriella Tino

Past President: Frances Gratta

President: Rita Rotundo

1st Vice President: Connie Vella-MacKay

2nd Vice President: Mary Venditti

Treasurer: Toni DiPlacido

Secretary: Denise Padovani

Membership Secretary: Rose Greco

Directors: Josie Cuda, Anna D’Aquila, Olivia De Miglio, Maria (Jose) Silva, Jan Grossi, Maria LaMarca, Carmela Marchese, Frances Magliocchi, Lucy Zampiero, Melina Zeppieri

Honorary Board Member: Antoniette (Toni) Ciccarelli