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Villa Charities Visioning Project

This past April, directors from Villa Charities and each Affiliate, Villa Colombo Toronto, Villa Colombo Vaughan and the Columbus Centre conducted an initial visioning exercise to discuss the organization’s future.

Board members and individuals from the public participated in a half-day strategic planning session to outline what they considered to be key priorities looking forward.  This visioning exercise was the first step in a process that has been expanded to include other stakeholder groups who will contribute their thoughts using the same format.

Villa Charities is now underway with an extensive visioning process involving numerous constituent groups, including the local and Italian communities, cultural industry leaders, the long-term care community and other health care providers, Board members and VCI staff. This broad-based stakeholder engagement process is intended to gather input from all these groups and will help us develop our campus-wide strategy. The ultimate objective is to address any key, immediate issues and needs, leverage our current resources and identify the required resources to provide enhanced services and facilities for the future.

The project will include a series of visioning sessions with numbers ranging from 50 to 75 participants in each session. Our stakeholders will include Board members, staff, local community (users and non-users), the broader Italian community in the GTA, healthcare providers, seniors, youth, cultural leaders, etc. The number of sessions for each group will be adjusted according to numbers of interested participants. We anticipate that this project will be completed within six months.

An independent, third-party expert facilitator is managing this series of visioning sessions, with the requisite expertise to ensure a comprehensive, independent and consistent process. A comprehensive final report summarizing the findings from the visioning sessions will be prepared and shared with our stakeholders and made available to the public.

The final road map produced will serve to inform and provide direction to the Villa Charities Board and management. The goal, by taking this route, is to provide a valid process through which our stakeholders will feel they will be better informed and will be reassured that they had an opportunity for meaningful engagement through which to share their views.

Villa Charities is firmly committed to a transparent, community-based consultation process, with broad and diverse community representation, to ensure an optimal outcome for our strategy development and planning process. We greatly value the input of the Villa Charities family of customers and encourage feedback to develop a plan that best meets the needs of Italian-Canadians and an increasingly diverse community.

Through our engagement and networking process, Villa Charities is committed to improving the quality of life for our community, now and for future generations.

Stay tuned for further updates and news as we move forward.