Vaughan entrepreneur and community builder Vic De Zen is solidifying a legacy of exemplary success by helping to build a world-class hospital in a city for which he and his family have enduring civic pride. Vic, his wife, Angelina, sons Sergio and James (deceased) and five grandchildren made an extraordinary gift pledge of $10 million in September, the largest donation to date from a family.
“We’re very proud to give back to this great city and our community by helping to build the worldclass hospital that Vaughan needs and deserves.”
One of the largest industrial developers in Vaughan, Vic is the founder of Royal Group Technologies Limited, sold in 2005, and Vision Extrusions Group, which opened its eleventh manufacturing plant this past year. He also owns and operates ZZen Group, a real estate development, construction and property management company.
“Vaughan is where my family was raised and continues to live. It’s where I built successful businesses with thousands of employees who live here and in the surrounding area.”
“Vic De Zen and his family embody the spirit of generosity that defines our city,” Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said at a special announcement event September 27 at Vaughan City Hall. “Their extraordinary contribution to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is a demonstration of their dedication to our community and their commitment to a legacy of giving back.”
the Vic De Zen Family Welcome CentreA warm and welcoming space for all who visit
Vic De Zen Welcome Centre
The main lobby at the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be named the Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre in recognition of the De Zens’ generosity.
The naming of the Welcome Centre was a “perfect fit” that resonated immediately with the family, Sergio says. “Often, when you have to go to the hospital, you are nervous, uncomfortable or worried. But if you are warmly welcomed as you arrive, hopefully that will put a smile on your face, and will ease your mind a little bit, knowing that the hospital and its staff truly do care and welcome you.”
The Welcome Centre will be a warm and welcoming public space with reception, information and concierge services, and access to medical imaging, clinics and treatment areas, as well as links to a parkade, cascading gardens, retail areas and restaurants.