Ayre Manor has new managers

Local society will take over management of local care facility

The Sooke Elderly Citizens’ Housing Society (SECHS), owners of the Ayre Manor properties, contracted with the Beckley Farm Lodge Society (BFLS) to manage the operations at Ayre Manor when the new facilities opened in 2008. This contract ends on June 30, 2014.

We have now decided to operate Ayre Manor ourselves as has been our intention. We are working with BFLS to ensure a smooth transition.

SECHS wants to reassure residents, their families and friends, as well as the community of Sooke that we will continue to provide the quality care and supports you have been accustomed to. Residents and families can expect their normal activities, care routines, meal services and other programs to continue as before.

There will be no change whatsoever to the amount a resident pays for their portion of accommodation unless, as per normal course, it is amended by the Island Health or as approved by BC Housing.

Staff employed by BFLS and currently working at Ayre Manor have been given notice of termination of their employment with BFLS. We are hoping staff want to continue to work at Ayre Manor with SECHS as their new employer. There will, however, be some changes in staffing since we will also be operating under a new budget and organizational structure.

Two unions represent most employees currently working at Ayre Manor Complex Care and Assisted Living Facilities. We are discussing the future staff  relations with one and will likely (in the near future) be discussing matters going forward with the other union.

Further updates will be available on our website: (www.ayremanor.ca) and we encourage interested individuals to check that location on a regular basis.

Sandy Pedneault

Chair SECHS