OCTOBER 15, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that The Living Heart’s Gala will be a live online experience on 

October 15, 2021, celebrating the arts community featuring the McMichael Art Gallery with all proceeds going to cover the vital programs and services of Hospice Vaughan. 

Community programs include children’s grief support, caregiver support, adult bereavement programs, adult day program, in-home hospice care, psycho-social and spiritual counselling, health and wellness services and more. Our health care facility also includes a 10-bed Hospice Residence. 

All our programs and services are offered free of charge through vital fundraising.


Louie Chiaino

Louie Chiaino, a 20 year resident of Vaughan who currently manages his own real estate portfolio, is a long serving Hospice Vaughan volunteer, and is currently serving as Secretary, Board of Directors. Dynamic and creative, Louie has a passion for event planning, and also has a unique relationship with Italian coffee pots (Moka), where he claims to have the biggest collection of mokas outside of Italy! Louie’s dedication to Hospice Vaughan stems from the loss of his adored mother, who lovingly attended Hospice Vaughan’s Day Program. Louie’s community focused, and altruistic values make him an important member of the Hospice Vaughan community.

Romina Cortellucci

Romina Cortellucci works at Cortel Group and has seen first hand the importance of building sustainable communities supported by vital health care services. Romina’s optimistic and enthusiastic nature will encourage further youthful engagement and support of hospice palliative care needs. The invaluable contributions Hospice Vaughan makes to those most vulnerable and in need are an inspiration to all. With her strategic design eye, Romina looks forward to being a champion of their work and raising much needed funds for Hospice Vaughan. We know that Romina’s experience in amateur stand up comedy will certainly captivate and inspire the Vaughan community!


Sam Ciccolini

Jennifer Montesano

Gary Sangha


Renata Rizzardi

Robert Corridore

Nick Angellotti

Louie Chiaino

Adriano Tommasino

Deryn Rizzi

Dina Palozzi

Heidi Falckh

Joe Azzopardi

Karima Kassam

Teresa Marando

Vicki Moretti


Belinda Marchese,
Executive Director

Scott McMaster,
Mgr. Communications & Stewardship

Barbara Fitzgerald,
Director Hospice Services


Nella & Angelo Contardi

“We never imagined that the vision and dreams all those years ago would become a reality. This is a community accomplishment that everyone should be proud of for generations. Hospice Vaughan has always been about community, for community and by community. We are so joyful, humbled and honoured to be the recipient of the Hospice Vaughan Community Ambassador Award.”

Nella & Angelo Contardi

For the last 35 years, Angelo and Nella have raised a family and built their Pizzaville organization in Vaughan. As Nella so eloquently stated, “Giving back comes from our hearts and we will continue to do it as long as we are able.”

The Contardi family’s personal experience with navigating a life limiting illness allows them to recognize the positive impact a palliative care hub option would have been if it were available to them at the time. Hospice Vaughan provides the care, dignity and compassion for the individuals, families and caregivers in a time of need.

For the last 15 years, Angelo and Nella have been dedicated supporters of Hospice Vaughan’s children’s camps, day programs, signature hikes and galas. Their commitment to giving back and wishing to create a loving and caring community is at the core of their beliefs.


Located on 100 acres of forested land along the Humber River, the McMichael is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection that consists of more than 6,500 works by historic and present-day Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities.



Satiate your taste buds with the diverse flavours of Vaughan!

Curated Bites are a little of everything you would desire tapas-style. All best savoury and sweet snacks made for sharing with your family and friends as you tune into the Living HeARTS Gala. These small bites are the perfect way to indulge. Carefully curated, boxed and delivered to your door.