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Gianni Ceschia Awarded the City of Vaughan’s 2023

Gianni Ceschia Awarded the City of Vaughan’s 2023 Volunteer Recognition Award

Chef Gianni Ceschia has been a dedicated member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Board of Directors since 2005. As part of the Board, Gianni helps make decisions that impact both the care of the 168 residents and the work environment of approximately 300 staff members. This requires multiple meetings per month, which varies depending on the issues that need to be addressed.

Chef Gianni also generously donates his time to Villa Gambin’s various events, whether it be sponsoring a gourmet golf food station or cooking for the resident BBQs. Chef Gianni is always willing to give a helping hand when needed and has also donated prizes for our 2022 online auction, as well as other promotions – all at his expense. He is a pillar in the Vaughan community and has also volunteered his time for years with the Famee Furlane Toronto, Mens Sana, and The Italian Association Chefs of Canada, to name a few.

Chef Gianni embodies the true spirit of a volunteer, as he gives without the expectation of anything in return. We are truly fortunate to have such a unique, gentle-hearted, humble, and hard-working individual as Chef Gianni on our Board and as a member of our Villa Gambin Family.



6th Floor and 7th Floor Activity Room Opening


On October 13th, VLG celebrated the opening of the 6th Floor and 7th Floor Activity Rooms whose renovations were generously donated by LIUNA Local 183 and the Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27. We are so grateful for these incredible donations which helped to transform the Activity Rooms into beautiful, clean, and more functional spaces for the residents to enjoy.

LIUNA Local 27

Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27

Andrew Iacobelli Awarded the City of Vaughan’s 2022

Andrew Iacobelli Awarded the City of Vaughan’s 2022 Volunteer Recognition Award

Congratulations to our very own Board Chair Andrew Iacobelli who was awarded the City of Vaughan’s 2022 Volunteer Recognition Award!

The award acknowledges the remarkable contributions of volunteers who make Vaughan a better place to live, work and visit. Vaughan joins communities across Canada to recognize extraordinary citizens who offer their time, energy and talents to inspire hope for a brighter future.

You can view Andrew’s presentation at the time mark 23:08 in the video ceremony that was held on April 27th.

Here is the link:

MPP Tibollo News Release – LongTermCare Funding 4in4

Ontario Taking Action to Immediately Increase Staffing in LTC,
Leading to More Direct Care for Residents in Woodbridge


NEWS March 25, 2022


WOODBRIDGE — As part of its plan to fix long-term care, the Ontario government will provide up to $673 million this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents. This includes $4,256,028 for long-term care homes in Vaughan—Woodbridge. This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. 


These funds will increase care for residents at: 

  • Chartwell Pine Grove Long Term Care Residence, in Woodbridge, will receive up to $837,252 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. 
  • Woodbridge Vista Care Community will receive up to $1,953,588 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. 
  • Villa Leonardo Gambin, in Woodbridge, will receive up to $1,465,188 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents. 


“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan—Woodbridge. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”


“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”  


Seniors entering long-term care today are older and have more complex medical needs than they did just a decade ago. The level of care residents need has increased dramatically, but the amount of care they receive each day has not. In the nine years, between 2009 and 2018, the amount of care each resident received, by all providers, per day increased by only 22 minutes. Our government, over the span of four years, will increase direct hours of care by 1 hour and 21 minutes.


The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes:

  • $270 million in 2021-22
  • $673 million in 2022-23
  • $1.25 billion in 2023-24
  • $1.82 billion in 2024-25



  • Ontario now has over 24,000 new and 19,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 80 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
  • In 2021-22, the province invested $200 million to train up to 16,200 additional personal support workers through publicly-assisted colleges, private career colleges and district school boards. 
  • In 2021-22, the province also invested $35M to add up to 2,000 additional nursing students at publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province, for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 incoming cohorts.

The Volunteers of Villa Leonardo Gambin

Villa Leonardo Gambin (VLG) is a long-term care residence centrally located in Woodbridge, ON. The residence has been home to close to 800 people since it opened on October 30th, 2004. The mission of VLG is to create and celebrate a purposeful, exceptional, quality of life which is evident as soon as you walk through the front doors of this vibrant residence.

To read full article click here

(source Neighbours of Boyd Park-Woodbridge by Julie Achtermeier)

VLG hatches chicks for Easter

VLG Participated in the Green Acres Outdoor Education Chick Hatching Program. We received 12 eggs and all the necessary equipment from the company. We placed the eggs in an incubator for approx. 21 days until the chicks began to hatch. Once they hatched, we kept them in a large box and cared for them for about a week. The residents enjoyed watching the chickens hatch and were able to touch and hold them once they were born. Everyone was very involved and enjoyed this unique experience.