Funds for new long term care jobs

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From left are mayors John Armstrong (Clarendon), Bill Stewart (Campbell’s Bay), Colleen Lariviere (Litchfield), Andre Fortin, and Sandra Murray (Shawville) at the Pontiac Reception Centre.

Jamie Cameron & Allyson Beauregard



From left are mayors John Armstrong (Clarendon), Bill Stewart (Campbell’s Bay), Colleen Lariviere (Litchfield), Andre Fortin, and Sandra Murray (Shawville) at the Pontiac Reception Centre.

Jamie Cameron & Allyson Beauregard

SHAWVILLE & MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Pontiac MNA Andre Fortin
visited the Pontiac Reception Centre, March 20, to announce the creation of 18 new full-time job  positions in the Pontiac’s long term care residences (CHSLD – centre d’hébergement
et de soins de longue durée) and additional hours for existing part-time employees.
The news comes after the government’s $2.8 million announcement for long-term care on March 3. In the Outaouais’ 14 CHSLDs, a total of 92 positions were created and 66 others were improved by adding more hours.
The new jobs will be posted in April and include positions for auxiliary nurses, ward aids, a social worker and a unit chief. According to Fortin, the change will result in more care for long-term residents and a better work environment for the personnel.
“The employees here work hard. They are tired, and over-worked, and we don’t want the quality of work provided to tarnish. We needed to make this investment,” said Fortin.
Richard Romain, the hospital’s union representative, was also very pleased with the news: “Some part-time workers will have a chance to apply for full-time positions, which opens up new part-time positions.”
Seniors Roundtable funding
Earlier that morning at the Luskville Community Centre, Fortin announced $291,362 in funding for the Des Collines Senior’s Roundtable and the l’Université du Québec en Outaouais through the Quebec Senior-Friendly Program. The funding will ensure the realization of the “Living well at home: Strengthening the capacity of communities to support seniors living at home” project.
The project aims to help the Municipality of Pontiac, L’Ange-Gardien and La Pêche communities meet and address the home support needs for their elderly. Seniors, various organizations and many local stakeholders will be consulted
 “Through this project, the Des Collines Seniors’ Roundtable will explore innovative solutions that will help
seniors stay in their communities longer. The project focuses on the social fabric and actions that involve community actors rather than municipal services. We want to avoid adding community services or relying on volunteers, but instead ensure that each person feels involved in the well-being of his or her community,” said Marie-Pierre Drolet, Director of the Des Collines Seniors’ Roundtable.