Villa Charities 2018 Annual Report VC19_AnnualReport_Interiors_Apr29_FNL2 - Page 10

about villa charities Villa Charities Inc. (VCI), established in 1971 as the Italian-Canadian Benevolent Corporation (ICBC), is a registered charity that cultivates, promotes, supports and celebrates our culture as Italian-Canadians. • Villa Colombo Toronto, a provider of culturally sensitive long-term care and community support services to seniors; VCI fulfills this mandate through a broad range of activities, programs and facilities, both directly and in conjunction with its affiliates and independent Italian organizations. • The Columbus Events Centre, which hosts and caters weddings, family events, meetings and corporate functions; Affiliates of VCI include Columbus Centre/Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc. (Villa Colombo Toronto), Villa Colombo Seniors Centre (Vaughan) Inc. Di Poce Centre (Villa Colombo Vaughan) and Villa Charities Foundation. Each of these organizations is an integral part of the Villa Charities family with separate legal status and its own governance Board. Key community assets owned and operated by VCI and its affiliates include the Lawrence/Dufferin campus in Toronto that is home to: • The Columbus Centre, a social, recreational, cultural and athletic complex that also includes the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery and Ristorante Boccaccio, and where a wide array of dance, visual arts, music and culinary programs is offered; 10 • The Caboto Terrace and Casa Del Zotto independent seniors’ apartments; • Child care programs; • Summer and March Break day camps; • Numerous special cultural events and presentations such as Italian Heritage Month celebrations, Cultural Tuesdays and more. Also located on the campus is Villa Charities Foundation, which raises funds in support of Villa Charities’ programs and services to our community, and VCI family-owned facilities. Beyond the main campus, the VCI family also includes a third independent seniors’ apartment in Toronto, Casa Abruzzo, and the Villa Colombo Vaughan/Di Poce Centre long-term care facility in Vaughan. Villa Charities is a hub for the Italian- Canadian community and is a champion of Italian heritage, culture, language, arts, food and family values. It carries out these functions by: • Investing in Culture – through the development and presentation of high-quality events and exhibitions. During 2018, this included: › The world premiere theatrical production of “If on a Christmas Night…” › The groundbreaking multimedia exhibition “MAMMA, In the Meantime” › An exhibition of Federico Fellini’s drawings of Italian culinary dishes › The inaugural Librissimi Toronto Italian Book Festival › The implementation of weekly cultural events with Cultural Tuesdays › The enhanced celebration of Italian Heritage Month with a calendar of diverse free events › The Diaspora Series on Multiculturalism and Cultural Identities in the 21st Century • Investing in Facilities – through significant capital projects to improve and repair aging buildings and infrastructure on the Lawrence/ Dufferin campus. During 2018, more than $2M in projects were approved or completed including: › Replacement of HVAC equipment (boilers and chillers) at the Columbus Centre › Hydro vault repairs at Columbus Centre › Generator retrofits at Villa Colombo Toronto and Columbus Centre › Asphalt repairs throughout the Villa Charities campus › Replacement of fire-rated doors at Villa Colombo Toronto › Fire panel upgrades at Columbus Centre › IT infrastructure upgrades at Columbus Centre and Villa Charities campus › New interactive culinary workshops and literary-themed dinners with engaging cultural presentations › Upgrading of the Villa Colombo Toronto main common room and painting of all patient rooms, nurses’ stations and common rooms › Mississauga ITALFEST › Painting of various interior spaces in other buildings and of outdoor statues and fountains › Mississauga Italian Canadian Benevolent Association (MICBA) • Supporting and Collaborating with Other Italian Organizations and Events – In 2018, this included financial and other support for: › The Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Project and the Italian Fallen Workers Memorial Wall, which is located on VCI’s main campus and for which VCI was awarded the Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile, one of the highest honours given by Italy › The book “Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers” › Castello Italia at Casa Loma › Centro Scuola’s annual “Mostra Dei Presepi” exhibit and Christmas concert › Committee of Italians Living Abroad (Comites) › Canadian Italian Business Professional Association (CIBPA) › Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto › Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) › Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) › Consolato Generale d’Italia a Toronto • Generating New Revenues – through third-party leases to other Italian organizations that will call Columbus Centre home in 2019 To learn more about Villa Charities and the entire family of organizations, please visit our website at villacharities.com. › Friday Movie & Pasta Series at Caffè Cinquecento VILLA CHARITIES ANNUAL REPORT 11