Hôtel-Dieu Grace cardiac offices named after Windsor philanthropist


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Growing up in Italy and immigrating to Canada as a teenager, John Viecelli always swore that one day he would return the kindnesses he received and make a difference in the community.

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The 89-year-old, who has built a successful homebuilding business in southwestern Ontario, has continued to deliver on his promise, most recently with the second of two $100,000 donations to the Hotel -God Grace Healthcare Friday.

“Through these donations, I feel like I’m fulfilling my childhood dream of making a difference to help others,” Viecelli said, in remarks by hospital CEO Bill Marra.

“I’m just a hard-working person. This success would be worth nothing if I did not use it to bring joy to others and to help strengthen this wonderful community that I am very proud to call home.

i like to see people happy

Viecelli immigrated to Canada at age 17, working on the railroad and training with a local mason. He started his own masonry and construction business at age 19 and continued to grow his businesses for years, with the goal of giving his children a better life than his and giving back to the community.

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Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare CEO Bill Marra (left) thanked John Viecelli (right) and his family for the second of two $100,000 donations made to the hospital on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo by Kathleen Saylors /Windsor Star

As his 90th birthday approached, Viecelli, who was joined by his family in making the donation on Friday, joked that the money didn’t do the bank any good.

“Now I help people in need and the hospital, Viecelli said. “I’m almost 90, what am I going to do with the money?

“I like to see people happy.”

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare named two facilities in Viecelli’s honor, including the John Viecelli Cardiac Wellness Administration unveiled Friday, and a rehabilitation room named after him after his first donation of $100,000 last year.

The hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation clinics see around 10,000 visitors a year and help patients recover from often traumatic injuries.

“Patients and families are embarking on a journey of recovery and restoration,” said Janice Dawson, the hospital’s director of nursing. “This generous donation means rehabilitation programs will continue to grow and thrive and change the lives of many more.”

Viecelli has also previously donated to the Windsor Cancer Center Foundation and created scholarships for students and young adults.

“It’s a real game changer, the rehabilitation program,” CEO Bill Marra said of Friday’s donation. “(John’s) message today is if you got it, give it. Give where you live and make a difference.




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