From January through April 2022, we conducted a research project through a third-party firm to examine the use of the name ‘Columbus’ from multiple perspectives in an objective, thoughtful, meaningful, and balanced manner. The research gathered feedback from over 990 participants from a broad range of stakeholders including our patrons, staff, Board, founders, donors, partners and the community at large, with representation from Indigenous, Black and Italian-Canadian populations. Based on the research findings, the Villa Charities Board has decided to maintain the Columbus Centre name for our community centre.
We thank everyone for sharing their views and helping us to move forward in a way that we believe will best meet the needs of the multigenerational and multicultural communities we serve, now and in the future.
Please read our full statement here.
To request a copy of the Columbus Name Review Research Report, please contact:
Ingrid Usic, Executive Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416-789-7011 Ext. 240