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Joseph J. Fusco Elected Chair of Villa Colombo’s Board of Governors

TORONTO (January 15, 2019) – Toronto business owner Joseph J. Fusco has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors of Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. at its 2018 Annual General meeting. Opened in 1976, Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto), part of the Villa Charities Inc. group of organizations, prides itself on providing quality long-term residential care and community services to seniors in a culturally sensitive environment that honours the Italian heritage. Villa Colombo cares for 391 residents living in their Long-Term Care (LTC) home in addition to providing community services to over 700 clients living in the community such as Meals on Wheels, adult day programs and supportive housing.

“I am honoured to have been elected Chair of Villa Colombo Toronto,” said Mr. Fusco. “The community has been part of my life for a long time, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to guide Villa Colombo in their mission to serve the Italian community, residents and elderly clients by providing the care they need to enjoy life to the fullest with dignity and independence. I look forward to leading Villa Colombo’s exciting revitalization and meeting the province-wide directive presented by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to upgrade long-term care beds.”

Joseph J. Fusco began his professional ventures in the trucking business, then moving to the food industry. He went on to officially join the family business, Commercial Bakeries Corp., over 25 years ago. With his father and two younger brothers, he is co-owner of the private label bakery specializing in mass cookie production for clients across North America and in international markets.

Passionate about the future of culturally sensitive, high-quality long-term care and assisted living for our seniors, Mr. Fusco joined the Board of Governors of Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. in 2007. From 2008 to 2013, he chaired the annual Villa Charities Golf Tournament, successfully raising substantial funds for Villa Charities Foundation. In 2013, he joined the Villa Colombo Finance Committee, responsible for the planning for the financial future of Villa Colombo Toronto. He has also been a member of the Villa Charities Board of Governors since 2016.

Mr. Fusco succeeds Santo Veltri, who served as Board Chair since 2016. Mr. Veltri, who was appointed Chair of the Villa Charities Board of Governors in June 2018, has been a volunteer at the organization for over 16 years, serving as a member of the Board of Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. since 2002.

“On behalf of all members of the Villa Colombo Toronto community, I thank Santo for the long and extraordinary dedication and leadership he has provided to our organization,” Mr. Fusco said, “I look forward to continuing to work with Santo in our new roles through the coming years.”

Mr. Fusco has been a member of CIBPA Toronto since 2011 and completed the Quantum Shift program at Richard Ivey School of Business in 2011.

Also elected to the Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. Board of Governors for 2018-2019 are:

1st Vice Chair: Grace Palumbo
2nd Vice Chair: Gabriella Tino
3rd Vice Chair: Ben Vozzolo
Treasurer: Robert Galati
Secretary: Rosanna Arduini

Directors:
Anna Carino
Luigi D’Ambrosio
Loriann Iadipaolo
Dr. Marisa Zorzitto
Frances Magliocchi

Ex Officio Governors:
Santo Veltri
Rose Greco

About Villa Colombo Toronto
Opened in 1976, Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto) is a fully accredited, designated ethno-specific facility whose mission is to serve the Italian community, residents and elderly clients by providing the care they need to enjoy life to the fullest with dignity and independence in a safe, secure and home-like environment. Villa Colombo offers long-term care and community services to seniors in a culturally sensitive environment. After two additions, today 391 residents call Villa Colombo home and over 700 clients living in the community are provided services such as Adult Day Programs, Meals on Wheels, Supportive Housing and more, which is vital to helping older members live rewarding and active lives. For more information visit www.villacharities.com.

About Villa Charities
Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity and non-profit organization 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 culturally sensitive long-term 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 Homes for the Aged Inc. in Toronto; Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc./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.

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For more information, please contact:

Dana Sharman
MAVERICK
416-640-5525 Ext. 242
danas@wearemaverick.com

Kathleen Sloan
Director, Marketing and Communications
Villa Charities Inc.
416-789-7011 Ext. 309
ksloan@villacharities.com

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