I would like to correct inaccurate statements about Summerland Seniors Village staffing attributed to Hospital Employees Union spokesperson Mike Old in an article published on March 12. We have spoken to the HEU and have been assured that Old’s comments do not reflect the progress that has been made towards our teams’ goal of welcoming new residents to Summerland Seniors Village and providing them with a high level of care and support.
The job postings listed on the facilities website are not due to high staff turnover as alleged by Old. Instead, they reflect our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we meet the needs of our residents. Several of the positions are new jobs due to a change in our care schedule and will add to the level of service we provide. Others are to bolster our roster of casual staff that will be called on as needed for additional support. Summerland Seniors Village is a proud member of the Okanagan community, providing employment for 150 people from Kelowna to Osoyoos and contributing significantly to the local economy. Our staff is committed to the best possible service to residents and we are proud of their efforts.
Tony Baena, vice-president operations