Councillor Josh Matlow

Pine Villa

As many of you know, COVID-19 has been particularly virulent with elders in our community, especially in long-term care and retirement homes where it has been running rampant.

As Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, I’m very concerned about, and deeply saddened by, the devastating impact this virus is having on our senior population.

For those who are in self-isolation, I want you to know that we care about you and you are not alone. For those who are unwell because of the virus, I wish you our support, strength and a full recovery. And for those families and friends that have lost a loved one from COVID-19, my deepest and most sincere condolences to you.

Our community appreciates the heroic and caring personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone who works tirelessly to support our loved ones. No words can adequately express our heartfelt gratitude and support.

Many of you have asked how you can offer your support from a physical distance.

Please leave a message of encouragement, love and gratitude for the Pine Villa community in the comment section below.

Most importantly, if we all do our part, spend time at home and slow the spread of the virus, more of our parents, grandparents, family members, friends and neighbours can get the care they need to survive this.

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Thank you for your kindness and support for the people who need us now more than ever.



  1. Monica December 20, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Thank you for all your dedication and love for those in your care.

  2. Marcie September 23, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    A huge thank you to all of the front line staff at Pine Villa. The work that you do makes such a huge difference in so many lives. Thank you for being there for our loved ones, when we cannot be there. Your kindness and endless support goes a long way to help the residents and our families cope with these strange times.

    And to the residents, please know that you are loved and are not alone. These are strange times we are dealing with and may you be able to rest comfortably, be well taken care of, and feel the love that we are all sending you! –Marcie

  3. Teresa September 22, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    To the residents,

    Together in our isolation. Though we cannot be there in person due to COVID regulations, we can know that there are others in our human family around the globe, wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands often to do our small bit not to spread germs with the hope that the extra time that gives to the medical world will allow a cure to be discovered.

    Stay strong.

    Standing together,

  4. Rachael Donnelly July 3, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Sending all my love and support to the personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone else who works so hard to care for the residents living at Pine Villa. Thank you.

  5. Dianne Ramsawak May 9, 2020 at 1:46 am

    Wishing all the caring and dedicated staff at Pine Villa good health. I am so pleased to read that you will be given a well deserved pay increase for your hard work. To the residents, you are in a comfortable and safe environment. Blessings.

  6. Elizabeth May 7, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone at Pine Villa- the residents, caregivers, staff and families. My mother spent 2 years of her life in a LTC home in St. Catharines, and I saw first-hand all the hard work, care and compassion that goes into caring for our elderly. Thank you for everything you do!

    Please know that many of us in the Toronto community are doing all we can to stay in isolation and stop the spread of this virus. Although both my parents are now gone, I “get it” – I value all of your lives, so I am happy to sacrifice a few freedoms to make sure we all come through this safely.

    Sending much love and support, Elizabeth

  7. Cait M May 5, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you front line staff for keeping our community members’ healthy and safe while you battle this virus head on. You work every day so we can stay home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Also, sending love and thoughts to those who are residences in the home, the community cares and prays for your safety and health. It is just a matter of time until life returns to normal and our community will come out stronger than ever! Lots of love and support. xo

  8. Erin Farley April 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Sending my love and thoughts and goodness to all the residents and staff. I am thinking about you an keeping you in my Heart.

  9. sasha April 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    To our elders and to all workers, much love and respect! Thank you for your wisdom and courage! Wishing you a beautiful and fruitful spring.
    A little poem;
    “It’s all I have to bring to-day” By Emily Dickinson

    It’s all I have to bring to-day,
    This, and my heart beside,
    This, and my heart, and all the fields,
    And all the meadows wide.
    Be sure you count, should I forget, —
    Someone the sum could tell, —
    This, and my heart, and all the bees
    Which in the clover dwell.

  10. Ingrid Milford April 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Thinking of you all as heroes in unprecedented and historic times! May you all stay well and safe and may God provide you peace regardless! Blessed Be, staff and residents! Love from Weston + Lawrence 🥰

  11. Alex F April 24, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Sending all the love and support to the residents, caregivers, staff, and family at Pine Villa

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