Heart to Heart: An Event Open to Women, To Help Other Women

This is a very special event, open to women who want to help other women by raising funds to create more shelter spaces in Vaughan, for women with minor children.

And there are quite a few things about the event that are sure to appeal to any woman:

  • The prize list is headed by two $1000 shopping sprees at Yorkdale, with many more take-aways that come with the price of admission
  • Special guest appearance by Daniel Goddard, better-known as ‘Caine’ on The Young and the Restless
  • Hot tips from fashion and style guru Lynn Spence of City Line
  • Master of Ceremonies Jennifer Valentyne

The festivities take place on April 20, 2017, at the Vue by Peter and Paul’s, 195 Galaxy Boulevard, Etobicoke, with an antipasto bar at 5.30 pm, followed by dinner at 6.45 pm. Tickets are $500 each.

All fund raised will go toward the creation of a shelter for women and children on the grounds of The Vitanova Foundation, a charity that has been providing a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community at large for the past thirty years, twenty of those at its present location, at 6299 Rutherford Road, just west of Highway 27.

For more information on Heart to Heart, contact Nancy Postiglione at 416-433-8922 or Loredana Magnelli at 416-303-1529


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Vitanova is now accredited by an independent third party—the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). Accreditation provides an external review of an organization’s operations in relation to accepted standards of good practice and risk management. Standards address all aspects of the organization, including governance, management, programs and services.  It is also a system to promote learning, improvement, excellence and innovation.

The following are excerpts from the CCA’s report:

Overall, the review team found the Vitanova Foundation to be a healthy, effective organization that is delivering needed programs and services to its clients and community.

The organization has a strong and committed board dedicated to the organization and ensuring quality services. Board members have developed a comprehensive understanding of programs and services within the organization.  They have a very clear understanding of their governance role as it relates to the organization.

Vitanova has developed a strong community engagement process. The organization involves their community partners in their strategic planning process. The community is very supportive of the organization evident by the donations and attendance at their fundraising events. Vitanova listened to community needs and now include women in their program, with plans in place to further include women’s services.

 The organization is guided by its vision, mission and values and this is seen in its client centre approach to treatment.

 Vitanova has developed a culture of support and ongoing learning, its programs and services are promoted and are developed to meet the needs of the community it serves.

Staff are encouraged to develop programming and test new approaches as a means of fostering quality of care based on the needs of their clients. Their spirituality, life skills and anger management programs are a great example. Their programs and services/staff practice from a strengths based approach focusing on each client’s individual strengths through groups, individual counselling and as part of their monthly progress reports.

 The commitment and dedication of staff, volunteers and especially Franca the ED is just profoundly moving. All persons working within the organization go above and beyond supporting and advocating for their clients. As well, ensuring continuity and coordination of care for the population served. 

 The Vitanova website and documentary as an outreach tool is a strength.  It is also an addiction approach to providing accessible information to its stakeholders.”


Our 29th Annual Celebration of Life and 2016 Program Graduation took place on November 27, 2016 at Da Vinci Banquet Hall in Woodbridge (Ontario, Canada), and was a grand success—with 850 people in attendance. Thanks you to our presenting sponsor (Universal Workers Union/LIUNA Local 183), our patrons, event sponsors, event donors, and over 100 silent auction donors—all of whom made the evening one to remember!

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