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Charitable Event with F1™ Driver Antonio Giovinazzi :
Toronto Star , June 7 , 2019
Villa Charities Foundation hosted an exclusive charitable event with special guest , Formula 1™ driver Antonio Giovinazzi , on June 4 , 2019 at the Columbus Centre . This event kicked off Villa Charities ’ Italian Heritage Month programming . The Toronto Star ’ s Norris McDonald covered the event , where attendees had the unique opportunity to meet Giovinazzi and pose questions to him .
“ A charming 25-year old , ( Giovinazzi ) endured questions like whether he has a girlfriend ( he does ) and whether she was afraid while he raced ( she is , as is his mother – ‘ But it ’ s my job and they understand ’).”
June 7 , 2019
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COLUMBUS CENTRE Athletics, Art, Dance, Day Camps, Music in aquatics programs, and adopting new CRM software to more effectively interact with members. The new software will give each member direct online access to class schedules, billing information, setting personal training appointments, and provide more direct communication with Athletic Club administration. Art Programs Columbus Centre Athletic Club Columbus Centre Athletic Club made significant progress in 2019 through extensive facility improvements and a shift to “results focused” fitness strategies. The facility upgrades included a comprehensive renovation of the Men’s Health Club; the renovation of the main gym including improved accessibility and ease of use; the addition of 30 | an 1,100 sq. ft. “Functional Performance Zone” with turf, sleds, battle ropes, suspension rigs, kettle bells and more; and new equipment including step mills, cross trainers and power racks with lifting platforms. The department began offering “results focused” fitness strategies, repositioning itself as a source of inspiration and education to support members looking to improve their fitness. Consolidated Annual Report 2019 This helped drive impressive growth in Personal Training services as members adopted the new approach. In concert with these changes, regular, complimentary “healthy living” seminars were initiated to educate and inspire members. Steps were also taken to drive future growth and better serve members. This included hiring a new Assistant Aquatics Supervisor to build participation Columbus Centre Art Programs were expanded in 2019 with the addition of summertime “En Plein Air” painting workshops, more Impressionist Paint Night Workshops to accommodate the growing popularity of this artform, and a Children’s Painting & Drawing class for children 6-12 years old. DanzArts Toronto DanzArts Toronto made solid progress in 2019, with numerous awards, growth of the school’s recreational and competitive dance companies, and the introduction of supplementary programs to support our dancers’ wellbeing and success. Highlights included wins by two DanzArts soloists at the OTF Finals Competition, a student’s acceptance into the National Ballet of Canada’s professional training program, and the appearance of a group of DanzArts dancers in a web commercial. DanzArts students performed successfully at several competitions, and at the Italian Heritage Festival and Mississauga ITALFEST. The dance school moved into brand new studio space on the main level of the Columbus Centre. There, new workshops were offered to dancers, led by experts in nutrition, physiotherapy, injury prevention and self empowerment. In addition, several prominent guest dance artists and choreographers were brought in. “ workshops were offered to dancers, led by experts in nutrition, physiotherapy, injury prevention and self empowerment.” Consolidated Annual Report 2019 | 31