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Villa Charities Proudly Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

On April 15, 2021, Villa Charities will proudly celebrate its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we will host a series of inclusive programming and initiatives throughout the year that will honour the past, recognize the history and contribution that the Italian Canadian community has made to Canada, and look forward to future growth and opportunities.

Villa Charities Inc. (VCI) was established in 1971 as the Italian Canadian Benevolent Corporation (ICBC) to raise funds, and to develop, administer and coordinate projects in the health, social, cultural and educational fields, which enrich and enhance the quality of life and honour the Italian heritage.

Since then, the organization has transformed and grown to adapt to the needs of the ever-changing community around us. A registered charity, Villa Charities’ mission is to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage. For almost 50 years across the GTA, the organization has provided cultural and educational programs and supported culturally sensitive long-term care and independent living apartments for seniors. We fulfill this mandate through a broad range of activities, services and facilities, both directly and in conjunction with our affiliates and independent organizations. The Villa Charities affiliates include Columbus Centre and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery; Villa Charities Foundation; Villa Colombo Toronto; Villa Colombo Vaughan and apartments for independent seniors Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and Casa Abruzzo. Each of these organizations is an integral part of the Villa Charities family with separate legal status and its own governance Board.

For the past five decades, VCI has played an important role in supporting the Italian community and advancing the appreciation and promotion of Italian culture. Today, Villa Charities also attracts an increasingly diverse non-Italian community who enjoy Italian culture through many programs and experiences.
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Click here to see highlights from the past 50 years of Villa Charities on our Historical Timeline

Click here to read the 2020 Year-End Message from President and CEO Anthony DiCaita.

Our Mission:

Enriching lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage.

Our Vision:

Inspiring people to explore the Italian in all of us.

Our Values:

Compassion, Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Excellence, Respect and Diversity

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Explore Everything We Have to Offer in our Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide

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New Protocols and Procedures Guide

Read our “New Protocols and Procedures” digital guide, for a summary of the new safety measures implemented for our on-site programs and services.

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