Memo from Peter Rozeluk RE: New Director of Human Resources for MSL
Memo from Peter Rozeluk RE: New Director of Human Resources for MSL
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food. Hope. Warmth. Words that mean so much when you have so little. Our Scan Away Hunger campaign is underway, now in it’s 20th year!
Look for the Scan Away Hunger campaign signs at these participating stores: Freshco, Giant Tiger, Metro, Sobeys, Sunripe, Valumart and Remark.
By adding $3.11, or multiples thereof, to your bill at check-out, your donation will provide a nutritious meal to someone who really needs it. Why $3.11? That’s the average cost of a meal. Three of our five branches serve meals daily to clients.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-433-2807 x106.
Internal Job Posting: Shelter Shared Client Project Leader
In support of the Federal Governments Homelessness Partnering Strategy, The Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Centre has an opening for a full-time contract position for the role of Shelter Shared Client Project Leader. Reporting to the Director of Shelters, this position will be in effect from October 2014 through March 31, 2015.
The Shelter Shared Client Project is a collaborative project involving the male serving emergency shelters in London, targeting individuals who routinely travel/reside amongst the shelters and developing a strategic plan and resource identification for the eventual move to permanent housing for this sub-group.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Please submit a covering letter and resume to:
Gordon Russell, Director of Shelters
459 York St.
Posted: September 24, 2014
Remove: October 9, 2014
Internal Job Posting: Community Support Worker (Outreach)
The Community Mental Health Programs, of Mission Services of London, has opening for Full-Time (40 hrs/week) Streetscape Community Outreach Worker. This position will work under the supervision of the Community Mental Health Program Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Community Mental Health Program Coordinator
c/o Mission Services of London
457 York Street, London, ON N6B 1R3
Post: September 24, 2014
Remove: October 1, 2014
The Western Mustangs Athletic Department has invited Mission Services of London Volunteers & Staff to their 5th Annual Charity Football Game on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. Western Mustangs vs. McMaster Marauders, game starts at 1:00pm at TD Stadium, Western University.
Tickets for Volunteers & Staff are complimentary. Anyone wishing to bring family/friends can purchase tickets for family/friends online at 75% off the regular ticket price with a special coupon. In addition to the football game; there will be a KidZone for children, as well as various information booths from attending charities.
To request your ticket & family/friends discount coupon, please contact the Mission Services of London Head Office, Tel. 519-433-2807 and ask for Cindy Taylor, ext. 106
Here are a list of a few options for parking. The cost of parking is not covered.
Location: east of Western Road, near Essex Hall and Thompson Arena.
Location: off Huron Drive.
Location: north of University Drive, across from Sydenham Hall.
Visitor Parking: $6.00 coin entry, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week. Flat rate of $7.00 when attended.
Visitor Parking: Monday – Friday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 am and weekends for $6.00/coin entry.
Visitor Parking: Monday – Friday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 am for $6.00 coin entry.
Weekend Parking: Complimentary ONLY on selected weekends when there are no special events scheduled at TD Stadium OR Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre, otherwise flat rate when attended – coin rate when gate is lowered.
Meters: located near the Health Sciences Building for short term visits ($1.50/per half hour).
*Complimentary weekend parking available in this lot from Friday at 5:00 pm until Monday morning at 3:00 am.
Meters: Located in front of the residences for short term visits ($1.50/per half hour).
A survey of London’s municipal council candidates was done by Pillar Nonprofit Network with 4 specific questions. They have compiled that information in a 37 page report. The result are available through this link: 14 0919 candidate_survey_19sept14
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