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Villa Charities Inc. Appoints Emanuele Lepri Executive Director of Cultural Programming

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 bring creative ideas and a fresh presence to the table, particularly during this exciting and transformative time.”

In this new role, Emanuele will be tasked with transforming and elevating the cultural programming for Villa Charities. He will carry forward the organization’s mission and capitalize on the legacy that Villa Charities and the Columbus Centre has created. This will entail enhancing and developing new cultural programs in art, dance, music, theatre, film, language, education and more. With his cultural background and pioneering leadership, Emanuele will be adding to Villa Charities’ already extensive cultural and heritage programs.

Born and educated in Florence, Italy with a PhD and MA in International Relations, Emanuele is deeply rooted in Italian culture and heritage, and demonstrates extensive knowledge, skills and vision in the cultural space. He excels at strategic planning and delivering engaging and meaningful programs. Described as an innovative thinker, Emanuele readily builds new partnerships and collaborations, while cultivating and strengthening ties within the community.

“I am honoured to join Villa Charities,” said Emanuele Lepri. “I look forward to growing and promoting new avenues of cultural programming and engagement while building on Villa Charities’ strong reputation and past successes.”

Prior to joining Villa Charities Inc., Emanuele was Executive Director of the Bata Shoe Museum, where he brought tremendous success and growth. He was also the Founding Director of Museo del Tessuto, in Prato, Italy where he honed his extraordinary diplomatic skills and ensured the participation and engagement of local stakeholders.

About Villa Charities

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food, and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Services for Seniors in Toronto; Villa Colombo Vaughan/Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.villacharities.com.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Patriquin
MAVERICK
416-640-5525 Ext.230
stephaniet@wearemaverick.com

Kathleen Sloan
Villa Charities 416-789-7011 Ext. 309
ksloan@villacharities.com

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