Resource Library

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Franca’s Story

Italian refugee, concentration camp survivor, and nurse practitioner Franca Damiani Carella built a nationally recognized monumental institution and not-for-profit corporation on the foundation of generosity and love for her Canadian community. Franca’s legacy continues to live on through The Vitanova Foundation and has changed the lives of many.

Chair’s Report

Members of The Vitanova Foundation attend a general meeting once a year, to receive a report on the operations of the agency over the course of the previous fiscal year, particularly in regard to progress made in the execution of its current strategic plan. Reports from the three most recent years are available here.
2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report

Auditor’s Report

At each annual general meeting of the members of The Vitanova Foundation, representatives of an independent accounting firm, appointed by the members of the Foundation, report to them on the financial status of the agency and answer any questions that may arise. Auditor’s Reports from the three most recent years are available here.
2019 – 2020 Audit Report
2018 – 2019 Audit Report
2017 – 2018 Audit Report
2016 – 2017 Audit Report

Levy Study

We have concluded a final review of the data generated from the Focus Groups convened as part of the larger longitudinal study on The Vitanova Foundation’s Treatment Program …

Volpe Study

This report is a descriptive evaluation of The Vitanova Foundation treatment and recovery program for substance abuse, gambling addictions and anger management. Operating in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. Vitanova Foundation has developed and refined their program over the past twenty-five years…

“How We Work and Why It Works”

A description of the Vitanova Foundation’s Addiction Treatment Model By Franca Damiani Carella, DSL, Founder and Executive Director
Whom we work for
The clients of the Vitanova Foundation range from the pre-teen children of adult users to the latter’s aging parents, with the bulk being non-recreational habitual users, abusers, and addicts…


Accreditation is achieved once an independent authority, expert in the setting of organizational performance standards, certifies that a given agency meets literally hundreds of indicators that testify to it effectiveness and efficiency.

Strategic Plan

THE VITANOVA FOUNDATION    Strategic Plan: 2017-2022


All fundraising activities by or on behalf of The Vitanova Foundation shall be informed by legal, ethical and moral considerations, with respect for donors’ wishes being at all times paramount.


The Trustee Act requires that if investment decisions are delegated by the Board of Directors, an investment policy must be in place. This policy articulates the investment goals, objectives and constraints of The Vitanova Foundation…

CRA Charity Registration

The Vitanova Foundation’s Charitable Registration Number is: 124239054 RR0001

Clients’ Handbook

This handbook has been prepared to ease your entry into the Vitanova community and the programs it offers.

Toronto STAR, Oct 11, 2016, Article re The Vitanova Foundation

Video Links

Franca Carella gives an overview of Vitanova, its history and purpose.

Franca Carella interviewed by TLN on the occasion of her being honoured by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

Franca Carella speaking on the occasion of her being named Doctor of Sacred Letters by Huntington University, Sudbury, Ontario.

Franca Carella speaks onstage after receiving the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Philanthropic Award

Eulogy for Franca Carella, delivered at her funeral by Daniele Zanotti, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Toronto.

New Life for the Addicted:A documentary on The Vitanova Foundation.