CUPE staff at evacuated adult residential centre go 'above and beyond the call of duty'


    STELLARTON, N.S., Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Staff at the Riverview Adult
Residential Centre - who yesterday had to evacuate 106 residents in a crisis
situation - did so in mere minutes from the time the order was issued.
    Betty Jean Sutherland, the president of CUPE Local 2330 which represents
the Riverview staff, says, "We would just like the public to know how well
these employees worked as part of the team that successfully evacuated those
clients."
    Residents were ushered out of their home and into the cold Monday morning
when the centre's fire sprinklers went off, causing water damage.
    Sutherland says, "Every one of them was evacuated next door to Valley
View Villa just before noon, and the staff in that facility - also members of
CUPE - provided an extra 106 meals at lunch and again another 106 meals for
supper."
    Sutherland says, "To their credit, the Department of Community Services,
authorized payment for whatever it takes to keep everyone safe and secure
including overtime, etc. Some of the staff are working 24/7 right now."
    "I personally have heard several accounts of staff who made selfless
sacrifices and acts of courage to make sure these residents, many of whom are
high risk and suffer from severe mental conditions, were lead to safety.
    "These CUPE members are now doing their best to provide care for some of
these residents in a local fire hall," says Sutherland.
    "I am extremely proud of the amazing job they have done under trying
circumstances. Our community should be very proud of them too," she says.



For further information: Betty Jean Sutherland, President, CUPE Local,
(902) 455-4180, (902) 759-6382 (cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications
Representative, (902) 455-4180