Michael Federico: Exemplary Volunteer

Michael Federico, recently retired Deputy Chief of Toronto Police, is now the recently retired chair of the board of The Vitanova Foundation. For nearly half of his forty years of service to the people of Toronto, Michael was a volunteer at Vitanova—first as a director from 1999 to 2002, and then as chair of the board from 2002 to 2018. His retirement from Vitanova was marked at the Foundation’s recent annual general meeting of its members, with the presentation of two plaques. One was for Michael to take home, as testimony to the appreciation of all of us at Vitanova for his long service. The second is now displayed at Vitanova, as a tribute to a stellar individual, whose  leadership has been an inspiration for nearly two decades.

Overheard on Victoria Day, at Vitanova:

Staff member, speaking to a residential client engaged in the spring clean-up of the gardens: “You’re doing a really good job!”

Client: “Why wouldn’t I? This is my home!”

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

The second edition of this 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—was a wonderful success, with over 100 women attending.

And there were quite a few things about the event that would appeal to any woman:

  • Special guest appearances by Eric Martsoff and Greg Vaughan, who play Brady Black and Eric Brady, respectively, on Days of Our Lives
  • Entertainment by comedian Sandra Carusi
  • Advice on your health from Natural Health Clinician Bryce Wylde
  • Master of Ceremonies Tracy Melchor

The festivities took place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 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 were $500 each, with an official receipt issued by The Vitanova Foundation for that portion of the ticket price that constitutes a charitable donation (i.e, net of food, entertainment, etc.)

All fund raised will go toward the creation of a shelter for women and children on the grounds of The Vitanova Foundation, which has been providing a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community at large for the past thirty-plus years, and since 1995 at its present location in Woodbridge, at 6299 Rutherford Road, one kilometer west of Highway 27.

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

Vitanova Founder Receives Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Philanthropic Award

Dr. Franca Damiani Carella, founder and executive director of The Vitanova Foundation, was recently honoured once again for her work on behalf of others. At the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce’s annual  dinner on May 3, 2018, Dr. Carella received the Chamber’s philanthropist award, one of its prestigious Business Achievement Awards.

Well done, Franca!

To view videos relating to this event, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui7AiMBHHDA, or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InlclGVQOJ8


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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 31st Annual Celebration of Life and 2018 Program Graduation will take place on November 11, 2018 at Da Vinci Banquet Hall in Woodbridge (Ontario, Canada). Tickets will be on sale after Labour Day.

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