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#16661 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:39 AM

An ongoing process to clear the Esplanade Park area in downtown Penticton has resulted in the eviction of campers and the removal of a significant amount of waste.

 

Despite seven hours of work by 12 City of Penticton staff on Monday, Dec. 2, the process to clean up the area is still ongoing and will continue into next week.

 

According to the city, about 1,200 used syringes were also removed from the park area, in addition to couches, makeshift stairs, garbage, mattresses and more.

 

https://www.vicnews....-homeless-camp/


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Posted 10 December 2019 - 05:33 PM

Don Evans has resigned as chief executive officer of Our Place after overseeing a period of rapid expansion at the Victoria drop-in centre, which serves some of the most vulnerable people in the capital region.

 

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McKenzie said Evans was travelling outside of the country on Tuesday and unavailable for interviews. But Our Place released excerpts from his resignation letter in which he wrote that he was proud of the agency’s new addiction recovery, employment, education, and health-care services.

 

 

 

 

"excerpts" of his resignation letter?  the whole thing was not worthy of release?

 

https://www.timescol...down-1.24032329



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:20 AM

^Sounds like he resigned by email, effective immediately, while traveling outside of the country.

Perhaps I am not reading between the lines here properly, but it sounds like a much bigger story will eventually be leaked.

Will probably have to wait until the next issue of Focus comes out!

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 01:31 PM

^Sounds like he resigned by email, effective immediately, while traveling outside of the country.

Perhaps I am not reading between the lines here properly, but it sounds like a much bigger story will eventually be leaked.

Will probably have to wait until the next issue of Focus comes out!

 

 

i got the same impression from it.. it has the feeling of not a positive separation... forced out or left with very short or no notice, something hit a breaking point... then left town to be unreachable for a comment... i have a feeling there is more to this story that our place doesn't want to give into



#16665 Mike K.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 01:35 PM

Our Place and similar agencies are very busy at this time of year soliciting support. It is a peculiar time for the head of the organization to leave.

 

We will know more details soon enough, I'm sure. Evans has deep ties to this community and if the record needs to be set straight, he's got the media's ear.


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 01:44 PM

it’s almost as if their spokesperson grant McKenzie went out of his way to say how positive it all is.

#16667 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM

There were also cryptic comments about how he'll value the time off, as if he was under stress or something. 

 

I know of a couple of local guys around that age that got the talk from their doctor, basically, quit or die. The lawyer quit his job and is happy and healthy today, the wholesale distributor had a heart attack in bed.

 

So his departure is sudden but not necessarily nefarious. But even if he burned himself out, I think we should know that because they don't want to hire another person just to burn them out too, if the job requirements don't change. 

 

We were caught off guard when Rev. Al and Dean Fortin left their positions.


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 03:10 PM

^ I don't know the reasons why Don left and I don't want to speculate, but I agree with Mike that leaving during the holiday season with no notice is extremely unusual. Even if your doctor told you to quit then you would at least hang around to provide proper succession planning unless your time was limited. 



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 03:12 PM

Yes, a good non-profit has a succession plan in place. Ideally, the leader is up front with the board about their future and says something like, I plan to move on within the next year or so, then the board creates a sub-committee that goes over the qualities they'd like in a successor. Then when they get the final quitting date they are up to speed and are already thinking about applicants and you don't have to scramble with interim managers.


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 04:42 PM

the job could not have been that stressful. funding was pretty much guaranteed and the shareholders demanded no success metrics. and serving 1000 free meals a day - big deal. the McDonald’s across the street has more staff and volume.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 04:49 PM

^^ & ^^^ Rob and Spanky while your points are very valid, everybody is as unique as their fingerprint.

 

Shit happens. Life happens. Life changes. People change.

 

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that a person made a decision to change. We have all thought about that at one point or another.

 

This gentleman that we are talking about made a personal decision about his past ....and his future..

 

Bless him for making that decision...as hard as it might have been.

 

Most of the caretakers of the less fortunate that I have known (and I know more than most of you) of the homeless/mentally challenged/ addicted have been there themselves and have grown out of it one way or another.

 

Some rise from those ashes to accomplish great things.

 

There is a time to come and a time to go.

 

I would like to take my hat off to this gentleman that has more insight into the struggles that people face that you and I would find difficult to comprehend.

 

He decided to go. Bless him for having the strength.

 

"Grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

 

Narcotics Anonymous Prayer


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 05:45 PM

^ Post of the week; all the $, prestige, title, the corner office, media visibility - even community service - doesn't mean jack if they have to haul you away stiff as a board and toss you six feet under. 

 

We all know people who've been in that exact position, I know a few folks that "got out" and lived to tell the tale another day. I also sadly know more than one who didn't make it even after they quit one pressure cooker or another; one dropped dead cycling and the other at home doing nothing more strenuous than watching a hockey game.

 

Getting out with your physical (and ideally mental) health both being intact (not to mention your dignity and integrity) - and before stress from whatever the source irrevocably beats you up and breaks you down - 'hands down' beats all the money, notoriety or community recognition in the world.



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Posted 11 December 2019 - 05:50 PM

evans was never a down and out homeless heroin user.

he was in finance and did lots of recreational cocaine. I’m not sure he ever hit rock bottom at all. his rock bottom was placing his daughter in private school.



At 26, he became the single father of a three-year-old girl after a relationship ended. In 1990, he moved to Vancouver — “for love” — and became a successful stockbroker with a waterfront home, a couple of Jaguars and a powerboat.

Evans loved the fast pace and the intensity of his work. But cocaine was part of the lifestyle, and addiction almost destroyed him.

“It took everything from me — except my daughter.”

In 1998, the 36-year-old enrolled his daughter in private school and went into recovery.


https://www.timescol...thers-1.2162279



he found a new way to make a high 6-figure salary courtesy of taxpayers. big deal.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 06:55 PM

Got into quite the tussle with a street critter today - in broad daylight - coming out of the View Street parkade onto View. Yet another reminder to keep your internal radar always on in the d/t core. It was unprovoked and I didn't see it coming initially. Unfortunately for the other guy, who was about half my size, I'm pretty certain tonight he's wishing he'd kept walking and above all his hands to himself and his mouth shut. 

 

Since our office is on Yates I'm pretty familiar with the usual street faces in that area who for the most part mind their own business and are perfectly harmless, even polite if you look them in the eye, acknowledge them and say "hello". This dood was an altogether new face to me, and higher than a kite on some substance or another. Be careful other there folks.


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#16675 Mike K.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:02 PM

Holy smokes, ASE, what happened?

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:13 PM

that guy will be eating well on your dime at our place tomorrow.
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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:15 PM

I was following him out of the parkade intending to cut left; he stopped directly in front of me to light up a smoke so I attempted to cut right and then go around him and go left to my destination which was St Andrew's Square. As I did that he decided to to go right on a 90 angle and ran smack into me.

 

No problem, I nodded and said "sorry...no worries" at which point something snapped and he muttered something like "watch it....a******!" and while I would've been happy to keep going, I saw the fist coming so took a step back, grabbed that arm and pinned it behind him.

 

At that point he tried to clobber me with his backpack which was in his other hand. I blocked it, grabbed it and slammed it over his head then grabbed him by the throat and frog marched him up against the parkade. Then he tried to bring a knee up at which point I'd had enough and just picked him up physically and tossed him hard into the structure.

 

I told him to settle down unless he wanted to go another round, by which point he was screaming at the top of his lungs. Fortunately a buddy of his who was very reasonable and polite, and I imagine a bit scared. stepped forward apologized to me, and grabbed his pal guiding him away, all the while "Buddy" was yelling incoherently all the way down the street. You never do know....


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:21 PM

the job could not have been that stressful. funding was pretty much guaranteed and the shareholders demanded no success metrics. and serving 1000 free meals a day - big deal. the McDonald’s across the street has more staff and volume.


Perhaps not to you...depends on your investment in the position, though, methinks. I think that a person who’s almost been there himself would find the never-ending stream of sad human stories streaming in through the front door; the constant battle for funding and help, very stressful indeed..
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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:27 PM

“Frogged marched” ....priceless.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 07:28 PM

Hope you disinfected yourself after that encounter.


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