Jun 05, 2020
By Jane Brown
There has been a shake up at Sienna Senior Living.
A top executive of the company which manages some Ontario long term care homes hard hit by COVID-19 has been dismissed from her job after she is said to have mocked the families of residents during a virtual meeting.
A statement released by Sienna Senior Living Thursday evening says Joanne Dykeman is no longer with the company.
“While she is deeply regretful of the comments she made yesterday evening, she also understands that they do not meet either her expectations nor those of Sienna Senior Living. Each resident and all of their loved ones are deserving of our respect at all times,” Lois Cormack, president and CEO of the company, said in a statement.
According to SEIU Healthcare, which represents 60,000 front line healthcare workers, executives were overhead mocking and ridiculing the concerns of families before exiting the call.
Anthony Manieri, whose 55-year-old sister lives at the long-term care facility and has tested positive for COVID-19, told CP24 Thursday the management policed the meeting.
He claims everyone logged off but Dykeman and she closed her laptop and the audio kept going.
He says Dykeman called the family members “bloodsucking class action lawsuits people.”
The virtual meeting was held after families demanded answers over the weekend following the transfer of 18 residents with COVID-19 infections from Woodbridge Vista Care Community to various hospitals.
It was announced on Thursday, William Osler Health System in Brampton will serve as interim manager of Woodbridge Vista Care Community, where 17 residents have died after contracting COVID-19.