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We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of  FRANCA DAMIANI CARELLA founder and executive director of The Vitanova Foundation on January 17, 2020, in Aruba, surrounded by her husband, her children and her friends. Click here to view the eulogy delivered at her funeral.


The Vitanova Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation chartered by the Province of Ontario and a registered Canadian charity that provides a range of addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community at large-all at no charge. We are a client-centered agency, focused on addiction recovery—restoring the individual’s potential as a valued member of a fully-functioning family and a net contributor to the community.

Vitanova is accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.

Our Mission

“…helping put lives back together again.”

Founded in 1987 by Dr. Franca Damiani Carella, Vitanova offers a full day-program that includes treatment and rehabilitation—for alcohol and drug abuse, gambling addictions and anger management, as well as hands-on life skills training. Upon  successful completion of our day program, clients participate in our eighteen-month-long aftercare program, to ensure that the recovery they have achieved is sustained over time.

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In addition, we maintain an on-site domiciliary shelter for clients who are otherwise homeless, but are participating in our day program.

Lastly, we provide support to our clients’ family members and significant others. Such support is also available to family and friends of those who don’t seek our help.

If you wish additional information or want to participate in our programs, please call us at 905-850-3690 or email us at

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6299 Rutherford Road, Woodbridge, ON L4H 4X6