village riviera country living

Country living in the city at Village Riviera

village riviera country livingThe charm of the countryside in the city. This is what the Village Riviera, an establishment for autonomous and semi-autonomous seniors inaugurated in 2007 by the Katasa Group, offers.

Located in the Côte d’Azur district of Gatineau, the 5 phases are built on a 13-acre estate bordering the woods. The buildings are contemporary or classic in style and offer spectacular views of the Gatineau River as well as the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa.

Shawn Scott-Brazeau has been the Operations Manager of the Village Riviera since its opening in 2007. “It’s a facility in the country, in the middle of the city,” he says. It is surrounded by greenery and large mature trees. It is like a paradise in the countryside on the water’s edge where you can take long walks. In the fall, the colors of the trees are spectacular! Summer is a paradise of flower blossoms.”

The buildings are all connected to each other by a passageway and recreate the friendly atmosphere of a village. “Each phase has its attraction, such as the library, cinema, gym, indoor pool, community hall, and chapel,” says Mr. Scott-Brazeau. There are also two main dining rooms and one for brunches and gourmet dinners. In the last phase opened in 2018, we added a Club House with bowling alleys, a virtual golf course, a pool table, a disco, cooking workshops, and a lounge with fireplace.”

A LIVELY ESTABLISHMENT

The great particularity of the Village Riviera is the residents’ involvement in social activities. The facility has more than 75 resident volunteers who organize a wide range of activities such as outings, trips, and events inside and outside the facility.

“Our volunteers are very active. They are very warm people who are proud of their housing, their living environment,” explains Mr. Scott-Brazeau. Professionals are also on hand to organize physical activities such as aquafitness and yoga. Since the opening of the Village Riviera, Petanque remains the most popular sport game.

The Village Riviera offers nursing services 7 days a week and orderly at all times. The facility also provides body care services, on-site medical consultation, by appointment, and a hair salon. With the pandemic, many activities cannot be held. However, the staff is dedicated to supporting all its residents.

“Everything is at your fingertips for the residents. We are here to meet their needs. The beautiful view and the good life, it’s all real at the Village Riviera,” concludes Mr. Scott-Brazeau.

JUST LIKE AT HOME

Jocelyne and Paul Landreville have lived in Phase 4 of the Village Riviera for four years. Previously, they had never been tenants. The sale of their family home was necessary mainly because of the costs associated with maintenance.

“Snow removal, lawn mowing, and window cleaning were on contract,” says Mrs. Landreville. My husband was no longer healthy enough to look after all of that. After visiting other residences for seniors, our choice fell on the Village Riviera because it is modern. The apartments are large, we have two bathrooms, the air conditioning is central, there is no carpet, we have an indoor parking lot and I have a large kitchen with lots of storage. You don’t feel stuffy and it feels like home.”

She also considers the cost of rent affordable and similar to the cost of maintaining a house. “We have a view of the river and mountains. It’s the countryside in the city! And we’re close to everything for shopping. We can also take walks around the facility on beautiful forest trails. I can even go snowshoeing in the winter with my friends from the Village Riviera,” adds Mrs. Landreville.

Prior to COVID-19, several activities and events were of interest to the couple. After a more difficult lockdown last spring, Mrs. Landreville believes that the second wave gives them more opportunities, especially for grocery shopping and going to the pharmacy.

“I have to say that living the pandemic at Village Riviera is less painful than living it alone at home. With the nurse and the handyman nearby, you have peace of mind. You don’t need to take care of anything, and all the staff is friendly. And I can make my meals at my ease. I must also mention that there is a lot of mutual help among the residents. Everyone is there for one another. Our small network of friends also allows us to meet beautiful people,” concludes Mrs. Landreville.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya is in charge of new acquisitions, new projects, and commissioning of new buildings and renovations, and Samantha manages retirement residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain, and Marquis de Tracy


our mission

Katasa’s mission is to design and build innovative living spaces

our missionThe Katasa Group, formed in the 1980s, decided in 2014 to concentrate its activities on the development and management of senior housing apartments. Its mission is to design and build innovative living spaces that allow seniors to maintain their lifestyle and independence without compromise.

Thus, the facilities are designed according to the needs and expectations of the clientele. The architectural elements are carefully chosen to respect the regional particularities, thus accentuating each Katasa residence’s uniqueness.

“We develop and manage multi-service residences for seniors where you feel at home, skillfully combining know-how, attention to detail, comfort, and a personalized approach. We want to ensure the well-being of our senior residents by providing them with a stimulating and safe living environment, and by offering them high-quality services and care”, said Katherine Chowieri, who is responsible for the planning of the new project design, marketing, and finances for Groupe Katasa.

As part of this corporate mission, Katasa Group also offers its employees a harmonious, respectful, and motivating work environment that fosters a sense of belonging and encourages teamwork.

Noteworthy, the expression Giving back to the next takes on its full meaning and is part of Katasa’s DNA. The Chowieri family has always been deeply involved in its community and continues to support the causes that contribute to its fellow citizens’ well-being.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.

 


a promising future

A promising future for Katasa Group

a promising futureSince 2014, Katasa focuses its business on the development and management of seven private retirement complexes.

The Katasa Group is also present in other spheres of the economy by managing five commercial rental buildings, two residential rental buildings, including a university residence, a mobile home rental park, and three lots in the planning stage for future residential development.

And the future looks promising as five more projects – Clemow, Somerset, Kent, Merivale, and Bronson – are underway in Ontario and Katasa is always on the lookout for new business opportunities.

“We want to increase our leadership in real estate by creating residential complexes that offer not only housing but a way of living. We are already asserting our presence in Quebec in the Outaouais region and the cities of Dorval, Pierrefonds, Granby, and Sorel-Tracy, and Ottawa in Ontario,” said the founder of Katasa, Sam Chowieri, more than 30 years ago.

As a leading entrepreneur, he has always surrounded himself with a strong and competent team that shares his vision of the company. And he doesn’t have to worry about the next generation because, since 2014, his daughters Katherine, Tanya, and Samantha Chowieri are active partners of the Katasa Group & Development and hold key positions.

“Our success is based first and foremost on the great work of a team of seasoned professionals. People with a strong heart I am particularly proud of,” concludes Mr. Chowieri.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.


vr unique living environment

Katasa Group offers a unique living environment!

vr unique living environmentWith more than 30 years of know-how and experience, the Katasa Group has built an impeccable reputation. Therefore, it is not by chance that it has become a reference in the development and management of private residences for seniors. Katasa also develops residential complexes offering a modern lifestyle. Apartments that have all the amenities to fully enjoy life’s goodness.

Outlined in their vision of development, the Katasa family deploys an outstanding commitment to their customers, employees, and community. This translates into reliability in the realization of their projects and the quality of their services. Their leadership role allows them to develop innovative and bold projects.

The Katasa Group offers a living environment so that tenants can benefit from the true quality of life thanks to all the amenities available, and the conveniences to live their daily life in their own way.

“Katasa’s success is because our team is always listening to our customers. We are working hard to understand their expectations,” says Sam Chowieri, founder of the Katasa Group. “Our creative approach is solutions-oriented. Our willingness to look forward to the future also gives us a step ahead of the market. “

Unquestionably, Katasa is a leader in the planning, development, and management of residences for seniors. They are also a key player in commercial and residential real estate rentals. Katasa has new projects on the drawing board, including luxury condominiums and residential and commercial rental properties.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.


vr katasa values

Sharing the values of Katasa Group

vr katasa valuesThe Katasa Group puts forward their values of sharing in everything they undertake, and they want each senior resident to feel that they are part of the big family formed with the staff.

“Our corporate culture has been built and lays on the values that define and guide how we operate,” said Katherine Chowieri, responsible for planning, marketing, and finance at the Katasa Group.

The company’s values are spread into six categories. First, there is the family spirit that all our clients, residents, and staff are treated like family members. A pleasant environment is created so that everyone feels good. Second, it is transparency in all dealings with our staff, our customers and with each other, the owners.

Respect is also valued among our employees, customers, and owners. Then, passion contributes to creating an improved customer experience that strives to surpass itself, inspire enthusiasm for work, and stimulate innovation.

Loyalty to our customers and staff then creates an environment that encourages our employees and customers to remain loyal to our company. Finally, we encourage all aspects of diversity, the contribution of a diversity of opinions, perspectives, cultures and approaches, more diverse thinking, and open communication.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.


katasa group managers

KATASA stands for Katherine, Tanya and Samantha Chowieri!

katasa group managers

It was in the 1980s that the Katasa Group took shape. The name of the company, chosen by its founder, Sam Chowieri, is made up of the first two letters of his daughters who, today, are Katasa Group’s managers: KAtherine, TAnya and SAmantha!

From an early age, the three sisters were actively involved in the family business, whether it was accompanying their father on his visits to the Résidence de l’Île, sharing the traditional Christmas dinner with the residents, serving at the tables, or playing the role of messengers. In the summer, they spent a lot of time at the residence: nothing better to learn the ropes of the trade!

In 2009, they joined the family business as managers, thereby strengthening Katasa’s expertise. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, and commissioning of new buildings and renovations, and Samantha manages retirement residences and all real estate properties.

“We treat our tenants, our residents, and staff like family members by creating a pleasant environment where everyone feels good. Passion helps to create a superior customer experience, to surpass oneself, to get excited about work, and to drive innovation,” explains Tanya Chowieri.

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.


a daring bet for Sam Chowieri

A daring bet for Sam Chowieri of the Katasa Group!

a daring bet for Sam ChowieriBusinessman Sam Chowieri was already a seasoned professional in residential real estate development when he decided, more than 30 years ago, to venture into the construction of retirement residences under the Katasa Group.

A daring bet at the time! But he saw a need for this type of property and embarked on one of his boldest projects by purchasing a disused church in downtown Hull to convert it into a comfortable and warm retirement residence.

The Résidence de l’Île thus became the flagship of the Katasa Group. A success that has enabled the Group to experience phenomenal growth, particularly with the acquisition and development of new residences for retirees across Quebec and even Ontario.

Since 2014, Katasa focuses its business on the development and management of retirement complexes. Their mission is to develop and manage commercial and residential rental buildings focused on the needs and well-being of their tenants, as well as multi-service residences for pensioners who feel at home, skillfully combining know-how, attention to detail, comfort, and a personalized approach.

Today, Katasa includes five commercial rental buildings, two residential rental buildings, a mobile home rental park (Riviera), and seven private retirement complexes. Several expansion projects are also under consideration. A beautiful success signed by Sam Chowieri and the Katasa Group!

About Katasa

Sam Chowieri is the president of the Katasa Group, which he founded in the 1980s. His three daughters have been part of the management group of the family business for about ten years. Katherine is responsible for planning, marketing, and finance, Tanya oversees new acquisitions, new projects, commissioning of new buildings and capital renovations, and Samantha manages seniors’ residences and all real estate properties. In particular, the Katasa Group manages the following seniors’ residences: La Résidence de l’Île, Village Riviera, District, Manoir Pierrefonds, Riverain de Granby, and Marquis de Tracy.


Outaouais Code Orange Village Riviera

New Measures: Outaouais enters Code Orange

Dear residents,

 

Outaouais Code Orange Village RivieraAs you may have already heard, the Government has announced that the Outaouais region is in ORANGE LEVEL alert. We have received the new security measures from the Ministry of Health that you will need to follow, which we will carefully outline below. As previously, you must understand that these measures are imposed by the Ministry and it is important to follow them to ensure the health and safety of us all.

Here are the new security measures by category :

VISITS

  • VISITORS: You are allowed to a maximum of 6 people per unit and they must all sign up at reception. All visitors must respect a 2-meter distance at all times, even when in your unit. Unfortunately, visitors cannot go into any of the common areas and they must go from reception directly to your unit. All your visitors must wear protective gear upon entering, as well as take their temperature and sign the registry.
  • CAREGIVERS: For residents needing assistance, they will be allowed 2 caregivers officially registered in the program in their apartment OR 1 caregiver officially registered to the program in the common areas. The caregivers can approach the residents they are providing care to.
  • SOCIAL WORKER AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS: They are authorized to enter while encouraging social distancing. They must sign up at reception as all other visitors.
  • HIRED COMPANION: Unfortunately, these will not be allowed within the premises or unit. They will need to register for the caregiver’s program to offer essential services.

MEALS

  • DINING ROOM: The dining room will only be open for residents not able to eat within their unit or needing assistance. For all other residents, the meals will be delivered to their unit. All autonomous residents in apartments not requiring any assistance will not be allowed in the dining room. We do understand that for many being able to go out to the dining room can help your mental state, so for anyone needing this for health reasons please contact management to discuss. Management will communicate later with the specific arrangements for the meals. As a measure to help all autonomous residents order their groceries and to prepare, these changes will only start as of the 25th of September.
  • DELIVERY OF MEALS: For anyone that has meals included in their lease and not able to eat in the dining room, meals will be delivered to your door without any fees.
  • GENERAL DELIVERIES: All packages (i.e. boxes, food, groceries, etc.) will need to be delivered at reception so that they can be disinfected before being delivered to your door.

ACTIVITIES

  • SERVICES: Hairdresser, convenience store, pharmacy and other commercial tenants within the residence will only be accessible to our residents.
  • OUTSIDE WALKS: No supervision is needed, you can go for walks as you please while respecting the social distancing of 2 meters from all other residents and visitors. Also, all groups must be limited to 6 people on the grounds of the residence.
  • VISITS OUTSIDE RESIDENCE: All visits must be limited to essential services and you must prioritize deliveries for your groceries and purchases.
  • ACTIVITIES: Please keep an eye out for the activities calendar regularly. The Ministry has recommended that we reduce the number of activities within the residence. This being said, we will continually be updating the calendar as to respect the latest security measures. For each activity, all participants will need to sign up, so that we can keep a registry of everyone attending each activity.

We understand that these measures have an impact on your mental health and that it is not an ideal situation. However, it is important to understand that the goal of these measures is to avoid a COVID-19 spread in our residence and community and also to assure the health and safety of our residents and devoted staff.

We are counting on your collaboration and understanding in regard to these measures that we must implement. We have to remind ourselves that we are all fighting this pandemic together and that our team is working hard daily to give quality service and care. Additionally, for residents that have decided to enter into full confinement to their apartment immediately, please advise management. We would like to put wellness calls in place in order to keep in contact and ensure that everything is going well during your period of confinement. If you do wish to communicate with us directly, we ask that you write to the following email (famille@katasa.ca) and we will do our best to answer as soon as possible. Please remember that you can always reach out to your manager onsite.

We understand that this pandemic has impacted your daily lives and required many changes and adjustments. We would like to congratulate our residents, our devoted staff, and managers in their continued efforts since the beginning of this pandemic. We especially would like to thank you for your collaboration in respecting the safety measures. We must keep our heads high and fight this pandemic together!

We appreciate your trust,

 

Samantha, Tanya and Katherine Chowieri

Managers and Owners

Katasa Groupe + Développement 


Enjoy various video clips

Enjoy various video clips

Enjoy various video clipsDid you like our Gourmet Express clips with chef Stéphane Paquet, the ones from Forme Énergie with kinesiologist, exercise physiologist, and naturotherapist Stéphan Ouimette, or the ones from Mon potager sur mon balcon with Frédérique Boivin?

You can watch them again at any time by clicking this link. Note that all clips are in French only at this time.

Ideas or comments? We will welcome them with great pleasure.

***New*** this week: Health at the heart of your well-being

We’ve prepared new video clips for you with nutritionist/dietitian Amélie Tremblay, RD. Passionate about nutrition, she motivates you in your health goals. Discover the pleasure of eating well, simply, and guilt-free!

 

We look forward to speaking with you!

Katherine, Tanya, and Samantha Chowieri

Managers and owners


Deconfinement

Deconfinement measures

Dear residents and family members,

deconfinementWe would like to inform you that we must wait for the written directives from the Ministry in order to proceed with the deconfinement measures that were announced during the premiere of Quebec’s press briefing. We will inform you in writing as soon as we receive them.

With Mother’s Day approaching, we wish to remind you of the guidelines regarding the delivery of goods in CHSLDs, RPAs, and RI-RTFs. Delivery services are permitted, but the goods must be delivered to the main entrance and be disinfected before being passed on to the residents. No contact with the residents is allowed. And to comply with hygiene and cleanliness guidelines, meals prepared at home are not permitted. Only meals that come from shops are allowed.

Here are some useful definitions in the current context:

Caregiver: Family member or person considered to be a family member who provides care or support to the seriously ill or injured person or the person who requires end-of-life care.

Family member: Includes the immediate family and any other family member or individual considered to be a family member, whether or not this person is related by marriage or a common-law relationship or any other legal parent-child relationship.

Care or support: Defined as the care provided to a seriously ill or injured person or a person who requires end-of-life care. Support is defined as the psychological or emotional support provided to a seriously ill or injured person or a person who requires end-of-life care.

Seriously ill or injured person: Someone whose basic health status has deteriorated significantly due to an illness or injury.

We understand your frustration, impatience, and sadness related to being away from your loved ones. Despite that, it is important to follow the safety directives from the government. We are as eager as you are to be able to slowly resume social life in the residence. We will keep you informed as soon as we receive written updates from the government regarding deconfinement.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Katasa Group Residences
Sam, Katherine, Tanya and Samantha Chowieri
Managers and Owners

déconfinement