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.
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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.
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.
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(source Neighbours of Boyd Park-Woodbridge by Julie Achtermeier)
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.
The Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity is pleased to announce that we have donated $10,000 from the profits raised from the 2016 Oak Leaf Gala to the Canadian Red Cross for the relief effort after the Italian Earthquake. We would like to thank the red cross for coming out to accept our donation.
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On October 15th the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity held its 15th Annual Oak Leaf Gala. This year’s Bourbon Street Theme brought a taste of the “The Big Easy” to the Famèe Furlane Toronto.
“We are thankful to all the guests who continue to support the Oak Leaf Gala. This year we raised over $100,000 that will be used to help purchase new electric beds for the residents and provide the additional funding needed to continue to deliver Best in Class care to the community,” says Board Chair Jerry Buligan.
The evening began with a performance from Toronto’s own Turbo Street Funk who entertained the audience with their interactive performance. The evening’s entertainment continued with Swamperella who performed Cajun music in keeping with the event theme. The guests then danced the night away with the musical stylings of Simply Grand which is led by Juno award nominated George St. Kitts.
We were honoured with a presentation by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua who presented the Charity with a cheque for $10,000 in support of the Better Beds Fundraising Campaign.
Guests were surrounded by scenery from the streets of New Orleans. Tables were decorated with replicas of street lamps and feathers for a whimsical touch.
The establishment of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity would not have been possible without the presence of the Famèe Furlane Toronto which was founded in 1932. Located on Steeles and Islington in Woodbridge, ON, the Friuli Campus is home to the Famèe Furlane Toronto, the Friuli Terrace and the Villa Leonardo Gambin Long-Term Care Residence.
For more information about Villa Leonardo Gambin or The Oak Leaf Gala, please visit www.villagambin.com or call 905-856-7619.
Residents, team members and families celebrated the unveiling of their brand new café/bar television generously donated by the Baiocco family on August 16th in memory of one of Villa Leonardo Gambin residents Domenico Baiocco. Domenico was a resident at Villa Leonardo Gambin from 2011-2016 and was a wonderful and caring man with many friends in the home. The Baiocco family continues to support Villa Leonardo Gambin through volunteering their time and visiting residents. The residents, family members and team at VLG would like to thank the Baiocco family for their generous donation and their ongoing support.
On August 15th the residents at Villa Leonardo Gambin celebrated their 12th annual Ferragosto party. The residents, family members and team enjoyed Brio, spiducci and ice cream. As well, there was live entertainment throughout the afternoon for all to enjoy. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time. Please join them next year for their 13th annual celebration!