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Newsletter (Feb. Vol. 2, 2017)

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Outstanding Cuisine and Culture

Join us for this special event featuring esteemed cultural diversity leader, Gina Valle, PhD, who will present pieces from her powerful exhibit “Legacies and discuss her work honouring women. “Legacies” is a photo exhibit that portrays Canadian women from 24 different countries of origin, reflecting on their heritage through the eyes of their grandmothers. Guests will also enjoy a wonderful gourmet dinner of classic dishes and authentic Italian cuisine.

Gina Valle and “Legacies”

The “Legacies” exhibit is composed of photographic portraits depicting strong, wise women who, against unimaginable odds of war, poverty and immigration, rose above the reality of their existence to become extraordinary role models for their Canadian granddaughters. “Legacies” has travelled around the world including Asia, the Middle East and Scandinavia. Join Gina Valle, PhD, as she discusses her work in honouring these women. For more information, visit www.Diversity-Matters.ca.

Dinner starts at 7:00 pm at Ristorante Boccaccio with the presentation to follow. Tickets are $75.00. Reserve your spot for this incredible night now!

Ticket prices include all taxes and gratuities.
For Reservations:  Call 416-789-5555 or email 

Our other upcoming In Bocca events include:

Campania Night with Special Guest Chef Nino Cioffi
Friday, April 7

Italian Cinema Night with ICFF’s Cristiano De Florentiis
Thursday, May 4

901 Lawrence Ave. West, Toronto, ON

Experience The Ultimate March Break Adventure with Villa Charities

Our Ultimate Experience March Break Camp is the definitive camp! This full-day camp for kids ages 4 to 12 runs March 13 to 17, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities that are full of new challenges and educational opportunities. Activities include cooperative games, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming and winter sports. Also included are special excursions, like bowling and ice skating, a specialty Friday lunch, a camper t-shirt and special theme-day treats. For more details about the Ultimate Experience March Break Camp and to register, visit our website.

We also offer specialty March Break camps including Dance Camp, Kitchen Camp and Visual Arts and Crafts Camp, all for ages 6 to 12. Extended care is also available for campers.

Villa Charities March Break Camp is also looking for Leaders-in-Training (LIT). The LIT program provides senior campers with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to gain valuable knowledge and experience in a fun and positive environment. Many of our LITs eventually become employed as Camp Counsellors. LITs must be registered for a full-day session (9:00am – 4:00pm) and must be 13 years of age by March 13, 2017.

To find out more about our March Break Camp for kids, our volunteer opportunities and to register, visit our website, call 416-789-7011 Ext. 248/244 or email cultural@villacharities.com.

Explore Your Creative Side with Adult Art Classes

Led by professional artist Sam Paonessa, our 10-week art program is available for students over 18 years of age who wish to exercise their artistic abilities in an environment that is conducive to creativity. The objective of the class is to give students a foundational understanding of the basic techniques and principles of visual art while encouraging them to express themselves freely. Small, intimate settings with one-on-one instruction allow each student to receive the guidance they need to grow as an artist.

The spring term runs from April 25 to June 27 and classes are held on Tuesdays, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:30pm to 9:30pm. For more information on the class and to register, visit our website or contact us at 416-789-7011 Ext. 244 or dagostino@villacharities.com.

Free Music Trial Week

The School of Music’s Free Music Trial Week gives you an opportunity to have one free 30-minute trial lesson with our professional and dedicated voice or instrumental instructors. Free Music Trial Week runs from February 27 to March 4 and space is limited, so book your spot today by calling 416-789-7011 Ext. 244 or by email at dagostino@villacharities.com.

For over 30 years, our music program has developed into one of the most prominent in the community, and the progress of our students is widely admired by those who attend our two annual recitals. For more information on our music programs, visit our website.

The New Columbus Centre Comes To Life in a 3D Scale Model

Rendering produced by Caramel Inc.

The vision of the new shared-use Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy facility will come to life in a stunning new 3D scale model, which is currently in production.  The 1:100 scale model will showcase the revitalized, state-of-the art, four-story building and provide a preview of the new, fully modernized facilities that will be available at the Columbus Centre, such as improved fitness facilities, a street presence for Ristorante Boccaccio and a modern glass façade that will bring natural light into Columbus Centre cultural classrooms.

The scale model will be unveiled at The Venetian Ball 2017 on March 30th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and will then be on display at the Columbus Centre. The model will also be available for the public to view at a joint Villa Charities/TCDSB Open House, which will be held at the Columbus Centre in the near future. Details will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the Columbus Centre Redevelopment project, visit our website.

New Art Exhibit Opens at Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery Next Month

“Sentinel” by Brian Boyd

Artist Brian Boyd’s exhibit, “Variant Views,” is coming to the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery beginning March 2. The exhibit showcases Boyd’s oil and digital paintings. There will be an opening reception with the artist for the exhibit on Thursday, March 2, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Pianist Alexsis Karpenchuk will play live at the opening reception and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run until April 2.

“In Between The Lines” by Yehuda Lang and Simma Sudaley is currently being showcased in Atrium A & B of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery until March 6, while Giancarlo Piccin’s “My T.O.” exhibit runs until February 28.

For more information on the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, click here or call 416-789-7011 Ext. 300. Admission to the Gallery is free to the public and open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Our Experienced Personal Trainers Help You Meet Your Fitness Goals

Our Athletic Club’s experienced personal trainers are available seven days a week for those who need extra motivation, have time constraints, require nutrition or lifestyle guidance, or simply aren’t getting their desired results in the gym.

We take it personally, so let us help you achieve your fitness goals! Our one-on-one sessions are designed to:

Improve your overall fitness
The personal trainer will monitor your progress and fine-tune your program as you go, helping you work your way off plateaus.

Reach or maintain a healthy weight
Body fat reduction, weight reduction or management, body shaping and toning can all be achieved with the aid of a qualified trainer.

Learn to stick to it
Trainers can help motivate you with clear goals and safe strategies.

Find the right way to work out
Learn the correct way to use equipment and appropriate form and technique for cardiovascular work and free-weight/machine training.

Stop wasting time
Get maximum results in minimum time with a program designed specifically for you.

Enhance your mind, body and spirit
Try outdoor pursuits such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and discover new insights about yourself or find the potential you didn’t realize you had. 

Take charge of your program and do it your way
Find the exercise program that works best for you. Determine the number of times per week or month you want to meet your trainer and for how long. You can get fit and healthy your way and take ultimate responsibility for your own health.

Focus on your unique health concerns
Over 50% of clients have special needs such as arthritis, diabetes or obesity.  A trainer can help you with these or other issues including low-back pain, rehabilitation from injury or pre/postnatal training.

For more information on our personal training programs and athletic memberships, or to book a tour of the Athletic Club, visit our website or give us a call at 416-789-7011 Ext. 213.

Montessori Programming Helps Villa Colombo Toronto Find The Person Behind Dementia

Recreation aides and Behavioural Support (BSO) staff at Villa Colombo Toronto completed their Montessori Implementation Workshop Certificate and are excited to launch the latest program.

Villa Colombo Toronto has begun to use the Montessori approach, which is based on the educational principles and practices of renowned Italian physician and childhood educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. Breakthrough research initiated by American psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp has led to the discovery that Dr. Montessori’s educational principles and practices could be adapted and applied to individuals with dementia.

Recreation staff have been using similar strategies for some time now, but this additional training and ready-to-go resource has helped create a bridge to reconnect with people who may seem unreachable. Using these activities, Montessori programming gives seniors the opportunity to use their hands and all other senses to activate and stimulate their minds. Being able to focus on the task at hand and to experience success again helps people with memory loss feel more secure and confident. The Montessori Method focuses on the use of remaining strengths and abilities.

Two Italian-themed Montessori kits have been purchased and implemented on the fifth floor of Villa Colombo Toronto with great success. Residents appear to stay engaged for longer periods of time while exerting their energy in a natural and positive way. We are hopeful that the program can be expanded in the future to benefit more residents and to continue to reduce responsive behaviors.

Volunteers Needed at Villa Colombo Toronto

Villa Colombo Toronto is also looking for volunteers for the residence and for its Meals On Wheels program.

Villa Colombo Toronto supports a leadership model that inspires teamwork and organizational excellence. Villa Colombo staff, volunteers and service providers embody and demonstrate the values of honesty, integrity, excellence, accountability, teamwork, innovation, and trust.

For more information about volunteering opportunities, please contact human resources manager Rogers Carlos at jobs@villacolombo.on.ca.

Villa Colombo Vaughan Receives Reader’s Choice Award

Villa Colombo Vaughan was recently voted as the Best Retirement Residence of 2016 by the readers of the Vaughan Citizen. Villa Colombo Vaughan was one of 47 organizations selected for a Reader’s Choice Award in the category of Best Businesses and Service People.

Providing our community’s seniors with long-term care that is culturally sensitive and of the highest quality is at the heart of our operation at Villa Charities. Villa Colombo Vaughan is the beautiful, 16-acre northern campus located in Kleinburg, Ontario, and is home to 160 of our community’s seniors. The living accommodations are comprised of six separate casas scattered over the expansive property, each housing up to 30 residents who share a living room, dining room, and bathing spa, to create a social and welcoming atmosphere.

Support Villa Charities’ Programs and Services

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with
Gina Valle
Wednesday, March 8
Tickets: $75.00

Campania Night with Special Guest Chef
Nino Cioffi
Friday, April 7
Tickets: $95.00

For Reservations call:

March Break Camp
March 13-17
March Break Camp for children ages 4-12

Looking for Volunteers and Leaders in Training (ages 13-17)
Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com or
416-789-7011 x244/248

School of Music
Free Music Trial Week
February 27- March 4
416-789-7011 x244 or

Adult Art Classes 
Spring Term:
April 25-June27
Now accepting registrations
Contact: dagostino@villacharities.com or
416-789-7011 x244

DanzArts Toronto 
Kinderdance Classes start March 4
Contact: dance@danzartstoronto.com or
416-789-7011 x250

DanzArts Toronto Company Annual Showcase
Friday, March 10
416-789-7011 x250
or dance@danzartstoronto.com

Current Exhibits
In Between The Lines
Simma Sudaley and
Yehuda Lang
Upper Gallery and
Atrium A&B
Feb. 1 – March 3

My T.O.
Giancarlo Piccin
Lower Gallery
Feb. 8 – 28

Upcoming Exhibits

Variant Views
Brian Boyd
Lower Gallery and
Atrium B
Mar. 2 – Apr. 2

Join for $0 Down,
& Free Personal Training Session

The Venetian Ball
March 30, 2017
Click here for tickets and information
416-789-7011 x321

Giro Cycling Event
May 28, 2017
Click here for tickets and information
416-789-7011 x321

Villa Charities Golf Classic

June 22, 2017
Click here for tickets and information
416-789-7011 x321


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