Ontario Tire & Auto Service Centre Community News
The following news articles feature many of the community initiatives Active Green + Ross has been involved with in the past.
Recognitions Received by Ralph Chiodo, founder of Active Green + Ross:
- Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarieta Italiana – September 2007
- Canadian Italian Business Professional Association (CIBPA) – 2007 President’s Award
- National Congress of Italian Canadians Toronto District -- 2006 Ordine al Merito Award
- Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for the Business Person of the Year 2004
- Rotary Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow Award -- received on February 12, 2004
- Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award Rotary Club of Etobicoke
- Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award Rotary Club of Amantea, Italy
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal – (received in 2002)
- City of Toronto Volunteer Medal Award
The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
The Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Ralph Chiodo as the Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year for 2004. Ralph is a man with drive. At the age of 23 he owned and operated his first automotive service centre. Today Ralph owns the Active Green + Ross Tire & Automotive Centres, as well as Peel Chrysler Jeep Dodge and his own construction company.
Ralph also is an active member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, a member of the board for the Trillium Health Centres, and works with the South Etobicoke Regeneration Project, the Holy Angels Recreation Association, and other local charities.
For six years Pasta Festa has united Italian physicians from Trillium Health Centre, Board member Ralph Chiodo, President of Active Green + Ross Tire & Automotive Centre, Ethel Taylor, volunteer and Board member 'extrordinaire' and a community of generous supporters who enjoy good wine, good food, great company and a wonderful cause.
The results have exceeded all expectations! Pasta Festa surpassed its half-million dollar pledge to the Trillium capital campaign in 2007. This is recognized on a plaque in the Main Reception of Trillium’s Surgicentre at West Toronto – the largest free standing day surgery centre in North America.
Pasta Festa has now completed its 7th year in support of programs and equipment at Trillium. The Foundation is deeply grateful to Ralph, Ethel and all those who participate in this festive, annual event. When Trillium docs exchange their scalpels, stethoscopes and scrubs for serving spoons and aprons and pitch in to help with the feasting and fundraising – all the ingredients make for a tremendous evening.
The Etobicoke Rotary Club was pleased to award their 1st ever Paul Harris Sapphire Award to Mr. Ralph Chiodo. The Paul Harris Sapphire award is awarded to a Rotarian who has proven themselves to be a significant part of the community providing excellence and leadership in the service of others.
Ralph has been a Rotary member for over 10 years and has served as President from 2000 to 2001. Ralph is the proud chairman of the annual Toronto Canada Day Ribfest.
October 17, 2010, Chrysler Canada donated Canada's first Fiat 500 to the live auction at Toronto's 17th annual Venetian Ball. The ball was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with all proceeds benefiting Villa Charities.
"Chrysler Canada and Fiat are proud to donate Canada's very first Fiat 500 to support Villa Charities," said Reid Bigland, Chrysler Canada President and CEO.
About Villa Charities
Since its formation in 1971 to provide culturally sensitive care for an elderly Italian-Canadian population, Villa Charities has extended its mandate to include support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Building on its rich Italian-Canadian heritage, and by living life with Italian passion, the Villa Charities family of organizations has grown to include Villa Colombo Services for Seniors, Columbus Centre, VITA Community Living Services, Mens Sana and Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre. Recognizing its relevance across generations, Villa Charities is launching new initiatives to promote quality of life, health and wellness, youth engagement, the creation of new knowledge and investment in new technologies.
Of course the successful bidder was Ralph Chiodo founder of Active Green+Ross.