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Community Programs

One of our goals at Villa Marconi is to provide sustainable programs for seniors within our community. With the support of funding bodies, community groups, donors, and volunteers we are able to offer innovative and comprehensive programming and services to enhance the quality of life for our community's seniors.

A special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and to the Community Foundation of Ottawa for their commitment to the overall well-being of seniors.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Project

The Ontario Trillium Foundation approved a grant for 2007 and 2008 to develop culturally-sensitive programs for seniors in the community aimed at maintaining or improving their physical, mental and social well-being, along with reducing isolation and increasing community engagement.

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, Villa Marconi was able to provide a number of services and programs for seniors in the community. Some of these services include the following:

Program Offered
Exercise Program with professional Instruction Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday at 10 to 10:45am and at 11 to 11:45am at a nominal cost of $15.00 per month.
Bocce Facilities Regular games are played 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily (weather permitting). May be booked for use at other times.
Card Playing Available daily, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Social Bingo Available Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Day Trips At least 4 excursions are planned annually for seniors based on their collective interests and availability.
Library We have a large selection of Italian books and magazines
Workshops and
Conferences
For a schedule of workshops please contact the Program Coordinator. Free admission.

For information, please contact Villa Marconi, at 613.727.6201.

Community Foundation Project

The Community Foundation of Ottawa has approved a grant for 2007-2008 for an inter-generational project. The main purpose of this project is to help alleviate isolation for seniors by reducing the generation gap and improving communication between members of different generations. Through a common link such as cultural heritage, this project helps foster a mutual respect between seniors and the young, increasing self-esteem for both groups by creating a greater awareness of their roots, and each others' skills and competencies.

Italy is a very diverse country with distinct regions and distinctive dialects that are truly languages of their own. This project consists of ten cultural events, each focusing on one Italian region through three sets of activities;

Multi-media presentations of each region featuring art, history, language, literature, music, dance, folklore, story telling, gastronomy, costumes, etc, complemented with guest speakers.
A set of workshops and discussions on selected aspects of the above presentations and
Exhibitions of crafts, books, food, photos, artifacts, regional costumes, etc.
In today's highly technical environment, the gaps between generations are widening. It is often difficult to find common elements of interest to all generations. Traditions, heritage and culture offer a bridge between these generations. This project uses a cultural component to bring seniors and subsequent generations together through social and educational endeavours; from children to grandchildren to great grandchildren.

For further information about this program, please contact:

Domenico Ricci
613.727.6201 Ext: 5252