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Monthly Archives: March 2011

As you may know, Brenda Chapman, Director of HR, will be retiring from Mission Services on Dec. 24th. To celebrate her entering into the next chapter of her life, there will be a gathering on Wednesday, December 17th from 2-4 pm at the Men’s Mission in the chapel.



CMHP OPEN HOUSE FOR STAFF

DATE: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014   

TIME: 1 – 3 PM

LOCATION: Streetscape Office.

Please come join us for some festive fun and food.

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Thank you to the Events Committee for organizing a fun Christmas Party at YFC on Nov. 28th!

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Mission Services of London is pleased to announce the hire of Andy Armeniakos as Director of Human Resources, effective November 24, 2014.  Andy will be assuming responsibility for all phases of Human Resources including employee relations, recruiting, staff training and development, performance management, health and safety, compensation and benefits.  Reporting to Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director, Andy will serve as a member of the Senior Management Team for Mission Services.

Andy has completed his Canadian Human Resources Management (CHRM) diploma and is a member of the Human Resource Professionals Association.  With over 25 years of experience, Andy has worked in both unionized and non-unionized industries in Canada and the United States.  Most recently Andy worked as a District Human Resources Manager for Southwestern Ontario for Walmart Canada, where he was recognized for his ability to lead and develop talent/teams through a Change Management Focus built through engaged employees.

Andy and his wife Ellen have two daughters Stavroula, age 14 and Ekaterini, age 12.  In his spare time, Andy enjoys both playing and coaching soccer.

Armeniakos, Andy 11-14

 
Mission Services of London is pleased to announce that Julie Murphy has been awarded the full-time position of Rehabilitation Counsellor / Housing Stability Worker at Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter, effective November 24, 2014.  Julie will report to Shelley Stewart, Program Supervisor.

Julie joined Mission Services of London in June 2013 as a casual relief Resident Care Worker.  Commencing in November 2013, Julie assumed the role of Rehabilitation Counsellor covering for a maternity leave for one year. Julie holds an Honors specialization in Sociology degree from University of Western Ontario, King’s College as well as a Social Service Worker Diploma through Fanshawe College and a Human Services
Service Foundation Diploma through Lambton College.

Murphy, Julie 11-14

 



Memo from Peter Rozeluk RE: New Director of Human Resources for MSL

14 1120 Andy Armeniakos Announce



A reminder to all staff that the Columbia Store invitation is in effect from Nov. 17th to Dec. 8th. The invitation below was also given out at the Staff Development Day on Oct. 3rd.

If you plan to visit the store, please bring a copy of the invite along with the requested information (pay stub AND photo ID.)

Columbia Invitation

 



 Clelland, Gil 11-14

Mission Services of London is pleased to announce the hire of Gil Clelland as a Shelter Shared Client Project Leader at The Men’s Mission & Rehabilitation Centre.  This full-time contract position will run from October 27, 2014 through March 31, 2015.

The Shelter Shared Client Project is a collaborative project involving the three male serving emergency shelters, targeting individuals who routinely travel/reside amongst the shelters and developing a strategic plan and resource identification for the eventual move to permanent housing. 

Gil attended Canadian Theological Seminary and holds a Masters of Arts in Religion.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, degree through University of Guelph, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree through University of Windsor. 

Over the years Gil as worked as a High School teacher as well as Director of Streetlight Ministries London Youth for Christ.  Most recently he has served as Executive Director and Pastor at Sanctuary Ministries of London. 

Jack, Ronald 11-14

Mission Services of London is pleased to announce the hire of Ronald Jack as a casual relief Cook’s Helper  for The Men’s Mission & Rehabilitation Centre, effective November 11, 2014.  Ronald will report to Debrann Eastabrook, Food Services Supervisor.

Ronald is a graduate of Quintin Warner House and since his graduation he has volunteered at both Quintin Warner House and the Men’s Mission as part of the kitchen team.  Over the years Ronald has worked as a cook most recently at the Mustard Seed in Toronto. 

 Patry, Justine 11-14 

Mission Services of London is pleased to announce the hire of Justine Patry as a Community Support Worker (Outreach) at The Community Mental Health Programs.  Justine will be reporting to Doug Nemeth, Program Coordinator and will be working on a full-time basis as a member of the Streetscape Team. 

Justine holds a Baccalureate of Social Sciences – Honours Sociology degree from University of Ottawa.  With over 10 years of work experience in diverse social service environments and settings, Justine has worked as a Frontline Advocacy Counsellor and Outreach Worker.

 

 



Memo

To:           All Staff

From:      Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director

Date:       November 14, 2014

Re:          People Helping People News Articles

You may have seen many articles written about People Helping People (PHP) in recent issues of the London Free Press (LFP), including an article about social service agencies that knew about the problem but failed to act.

 At this point, Mission Services of London has not been mentioned as one of the “fail agencies” in the LFP coverage.  Although we were mentioned in a Saturday LFP article as an agency that the deceased David MacPherson had stayed at prior to him moving to People Helping People, we were not mentioned in the November 11 article that named nine agencies and their relationship with Keith Charles, and People Helping People.

I did not receive any phone calls from the LFP, nor am I aware of any staff being contacted by the LFP for their stories.

For your information:

From the Men’s Mission (MM) side, it is unlikely that our database would capture entries as specific as referrals to People Helping People (PHP), but anecdotally, MM does not refer to PHP.

On the CMHP side, we have never referred to PHP.

I can tell you that in the last couple of years I have been at various meetings where several agencies indicated they had knowledge of apparently poor and unsafe conditions in the units leased by PHP and the lack of support given to residents, and that those agencies were not referring to PHP.  However, there was an impression that Regional Mental Health continued to refer to PHP, although I did not and do not have any direct first-hand knowledge that this was or is the case.

I can also tell you that the deceased, David MacPherson was a client of both MM and CMHP at various times. (Staff at both MM and CMHP would be aware of this. However, this is internal Mission Services of London information, and not public information, for client confidentiality reasons.)

On a much more personal note, Martha has known David MacPherson, the individual who died, for 40 years.  He in fact was a member of Martha’s extended family. David was a cousin of Martha’s husband and over the years Martha has personally advocated for health care for David.   Please join me in extending condolences to Martha.

The topic of People Helping People has come up at a recent shelter operators meeting, and we did discuss what steps we collectively could take to track, share and report information in similar situations.

 The tragedy highlights the complexity of providing housing and support, and how many issues are intertwined and related.  Before you make any judgements, I encourage you to remember that there are always many sides to a story and perspectives and all of those sides are not always given the same amount of space or even mentioned in a newspaper article. One complicating factor with the PHP situation is that PHP does not own the buildings it uses, so addressing any potential building code violations, for example, is not necessarily a straightforward matter to resolve.

I hope that this update has been helpful to provide some background, to let you know that we as an agency have not yet received any press, and that the story is not over.  Critical issues around safe housing will continue to be a concern, as long as there is poverty and as long as there are individuals and families that face homelessness.



1. Where can I Scan Away Hunger? Look for the Scan Away Hunger campaign signs at these participating stores: Freshco, Giant Tiger, Metro, Sobeys, Sunripe, Valumart and Remark.

2. How do I Scan Away Hunger? Simply add $3.11 or multiples thereof to your grocery bill to donate the cost of one or more meals for Mission Services to help those in need. You can donate to Scan Away Hunger as many times as you like until Dec. 31st.

3. How do I get one of those cool Scan Away Hunger bags? Each participating store has an allotment of bags to give to donors until bags run out.

4. Can I obtain a tax receipt? Yes! Simply contact our head office at 519-433-2807 ext. 106 for more information.

See our Scan Away Hunger page for more information.

 

 



Our Fall Banquet & Silent Auction is Nov. 4th at the London Convention Centre. Bid on exciting auction items: passes and packages for Toronto and local attractions, restaurants, golf as well as authentic Wayne Gretzky memorabilia and much more.

Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Stacey Bess, who will share her story on teaching children at a shelter school in Utah for 11 years, which inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Beyond the Blackboard.

All proceeds from this event will support Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter. Our caring staff members work to understand the unique needs of the men, women and children served by this branch.

Tickets ($60 per person) include dinner, and parking through the London Convention Centre.  Come for food, food for thought, fun and friendship. Contact Cindy Taylor: ctaylor@missionservices.ca or 519-433-2807 x106.

 



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