Seniors Association of Vaughan – S.A.V.I. – Celebrating a Decade of Contributions!

Samantha and I met with Isabella Ferrara, who is the President of Seniors Association of Vaughan – S.A.V.I. who came to our Mosaic Resource Centre for lunch today. It was interesting to find out what they have accomplished in the community for seniors in Vaughan providing interactive organized senior club activities.

The inspiration that established the Seniors Association of Vaughan Initiatives, (SAVI), originated from members of the community whose interest it was to ensure better service provisions for the senior residents of the City of Vaughan. Formally instituted in 2003, the founding board approved their mandate of advocacy and collaboration, adopted their theme of “Venturing Together” and established their strategy for positive change.

In 2013, SAVI will celebrate its tenth anniversary, a decade of service. Within this very short but rich history, SAVI has accomplished much. For seniors in need, annual education and information workshops were held, an annual property tax rebate program was secured for seniors province wide, many of the facilities where local seniors clubs met were renovated and upgraded, numerous joint programs and trips to places of interest were organized, cultural and holiday concerts were executed annually, the Seniors fest was expanded to accommodate up to 1,400 senior participants annually and the grandparent month intergenerational celebrations were extended throughout the month of September.

To date, a total of thirteen clubs with a membership of over 3,500 have joined this umbrella organization. Together they have made significant contributions not only to their own lives but to those less fortunate. A total 230 bins of food and $8,000 have been collected and donated to the Vaughan Food bank, $10,000 has been collected and donated to the Vaughan Hospital and another $3,000 has been donated to other worthy causes in the City of Vaughan.

Wellbeing, Dignity and Respect are the principles and underpinnings that SAVI is built on. Its advocacy and more importantly, its actions are guided by this set of beliefs and values.

Mario Ferri

Executive Officers
Isabella Ferrara, President
Rose Marciano, Vice President
Vince Ferrara, Treasurer
Angela Bortoluzzi, Secretary