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Pictou County REN and Glen Haven Manor launch inclusion employment initiative

Representatives of Glen Haven Manor, Lisa M. Smith, CEO, (standing); Janice Jorden, employee relations specialist (seated centre) and Darlene Izzard, coordinator of CCA Leads, (seated right) review descriptions for four newly created service support positions at Glen Haven with Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network CEO Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, that are part of a collaboration between Glen Haven and PCREN to increase inclusion, diversity and local employment as well as to offer the opportunity for four new employees to gain more information on the potential of a career in long-term care. CONTRIBUTED/KIM DICKSON
Representatives of Glen Haven Manor, Lisa M. Smith, CEO, (standing); Janice Jorden, employee relations specialist (seated centre) and Darlene Izzard, coordinator of CCA Leads, (seated right) review descriptions for four newly created service support positions at Glen Haven with Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network CEO Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, that are part of a collaboration between Glen Haven and PCREN to increase inclusion, diversity and local employment as well as to offer the opportunity for four new employees to gain more information on the potential of a career in long-term care. CONTRIBUTED/KIM DICKSON - Kim Dickson

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – In one of its first initiatives since being created, the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network under the leadership of executive director Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman will be partnering with staff at Glen Haven Manor to launch an employment inclusion pilot project.
The pilot will offer four new employment opportunities at Glen Haven with preference bring given to local First Nation and African Nova Scotian candidates. These positions will be service support workers who participate in a three-month rotation through resident support, nutritional and environmental services. The newly created positions will allow the employees to gain exposure to the different working departments within the long-term care environment, over a three-month period.  
“For those who may be considering a career in long-term care, this provides an ideal way for them to test out the experience for several months,” says Glen Haven Manor CEO Lisa M. Smith. “If the placement is a good fit for them and for us, they will be given the opportunity to continue in a full-time position and to take part in Glen Haven’s customized certified care assistant program in the fall.”
Glen Haven prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive employer, Smith said.
“We have a rich multi-cultural mosaic at Glen Haven from the varied heritages of our residents and staff but have a desire and responsibility to expand upon this diversity,” she said. “We want to make sure that the composition of our staff is reflective of the increasing diversity of our residents. Programs such as this will make us stronger.”
Wiseman said they’re happy to be able to partner with Glen Haven on this project.
“Many of our local employers are facing challenges in filling job vacancies, so this will be the first of several efforts by the PCREN to work with local employers to find solutions that meet employer needs while also providing opportunities for our community members,” she said. “For this new initiative, we are exploring the possibility of resources that may be available to any applicants who might be deterred from applying due to transportation related challenges, so we encourage people to apply even if they may not have access to reliable transportation of their own.”
Applicants interested in the employment inclusion project should contact Janice Jorden, Employee Relations Specialist, Glen Haven Manor at janice.jorden@glenhavenmanor.ca; 902-752-2588, ext. 272 for more information, or apply through the website career section at www.glenhavenmanor.com.


 

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