Please keep Michener Centre open.
  • Petitioned Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government

This petition was delivered to:

Lee Kvern
Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government

Please keep Michener Centre open.

    1. Lee Kvern
    2. Petition by

      Lee Kvern

      Okotoks, Canada

Michener Centre (Red Deer, Alberta) is home to 125 persons with disabilities, my sister, Jody Kvern is one of them. And like my sister, most of these sweet, vulnerable (aging) people have spent the majority of their lives up at Michener. The provincial government announced (suddenly) on March 10, 2013 that they are closing the Michener Centre and moving these highly, vulnerable people out into community programs.

My sister spent ten years out in the 'community inclusive' programs where the staff is underpaid with little or no training in dealing with the specialized needs of their clients, as well as the alarmingly, high turnover rate of staff, which, for their clients is difficult at best, devastating in some circumstances. In my sister's case, she went from a relatively happy-go-lucky person at Michener to an anxiety-ridden individual with escalating behaviors while out in the community.

She has been back in Michener's kind, excellent care for the last decade with expert staff, some who have known her since she was first admitted at age six; she's now 55. And in my opinion, not up to the challenge of moving back into a community, which has neither the means, nor the experienced, longterm staff to provide her and her peers the specialized care they need. I'm asking for signatures, I'm asking for support in the hopes that Premier Alison Redford will keep Michener Centre open, and allow both my sister and her peers the chance to lives out their 'golden' years in the expert care they need and so deserve. I hope you can help with this wee matter of Michener. Please add your name and your voice, your two cents worth for these 125 remaining residents, who can't speak for themselves. Please keep Michener open. Thanks for your kind time.
Lee Kvern
www.leekvern.com

To:
Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government, Lee Kvern
Please keep Michener Centre open.
sincerely,
Lee Kvern
www.leekvern.com

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Michener families still in it, to win it.

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      The summer has passed, and soon the Alberta government will return to legislature. Michener families are poised, once again, to fight for their loved ones at Michener Centre. Thank you each and everyone of you who took the time to sign this petition. We truly appreciate your support and are renewed and ready to rumble! http://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/Michener_families_still_reject_move_plan_217503811.html

    2. Woot!

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      2100 people took the time to care and sign this petition on behalf of our disabled persons. You are all awesome!

    3. Full Steam Ahead

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Good news! Add these to the 2060 on-line petition and you've got a nation of caring people for Keep Michener Open: http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=452886

    4. Respect for Michener Families!

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Keep on keeping on, Able People, in the right-for-care fight for our Disabled People. We need to look after each other.
      Lee
      CXO of CaringNation

    5. Jody Kvern Goes to Legislature

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Yesterday Jody Kvern went to the Legislature in Edmonton. We've turned in over 2000 signatures thus far!! Awesome work, excellent voices for our Persons with Disabilities. My sister and I thank all of you.
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151372489511296&set=vb.526426295&type=2&theater

    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Michener Peeps!

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Rock on, Michener supporters! We are growing, we are strong, we are the Abled Nation of People caring for our Disabled. 1900 determined voices. Thank you.

    8. Respect for Disabilities

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      FFWD - Calgary News & Views - Viewpoint - Disability and disrespect http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/news-views/viewpoint/disability-and-disrespect-10720/ via @FFWDWeekly #abpoli #ableg #frank_oberle #redford

      FFWD - Calgary News & Views - Viewpoint - Disability and disrespect

      ldquo;Are you a volunteer?” I get asked that a lot. It’s closely followed by, “Oh, I could never do your job.” I’m a disabilities services worker. There’s any number of titles for what I do, but I tend to say “front line.” It’s easier and more accurate - I work ...

    9. M.L.A. Tours Michener

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Good news. The M.L.A. responsible for the Michener riding, agreed to a tour of the top notch care facility. She is the perfect candidate to take her own government to task on Keeping Michener Open. Thank you, Mary Anne Jablonski! We greatly appreciate your voice.

    10. Decision-maker Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government responds:

      Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government

      Be a hero. Do no harm. Make a positive impression. Follow your conscience, not your bottom-line. Show the world you have a heart. Please.


    11. Gold Dust?

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Caring for our disabled or gold dust for ice cream? Keep Michener Open, please add your valuable voice. Speak up for those who are silent. http://bit.ly/xRBJXy #BetterWayAB via @BetterWayAB

    12. Decision-maker Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government responds:

      Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government

      As someone who volunteered in this field prior to leaving school and has worked in this field since 1974, it breaks my heart to see what is happening to the clients residing in ANY facility that is downsizing or closing. This is their ho...


    13. Decision-maker Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government responds:

      Premier Alison Redford/Conservative Government

      please keep michener open


    14. Voice for our Voiceless

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Atlantic to Pacific adding their united voices on this universal issue of how we care for our disabled. Thank you: Vulcan. Red Deer. Gatineau. Richmond. Dartmouth. Aurora. Madden. Toronto. Mahon Bay. Calgary. Hamilton. Vancouver. Okotoks. Wall to wall voices of CaringNation.

    15. Voices Abound

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      We've reached almost 1700 voices for our disabled voiceless sisters and brothers. Thank you, thank you! Keep it going : )

    16. Reached 1,500 signatures
    17. A.U.P.E.!! Woot.

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Check out these news Television ads in favour of Keeping Michener Open.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogxzCrvEhH8&list=PLswZHMb9mT8wbHtK771rfmrrVaFYEO8Ry

      Lee - Keep Michener Centre Open

      Lee Kvern talks about her sister's experience in community group homes, and how her life has changed since coming back to Michener Centre.

    18. People Caring about People

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      There are two kinds of people in this world: abled and disabled. It's our job as abled to care for the disabled. Hope you agree, Alison Redford~

    19. Michener Rally

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      300 strong, caring voices came out for our voiceless Michener residents! Excellent media coverage.

    20. Michener Rally. Wednesday, April 10th. 3:30. Red Deer City Hall. Be there!

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Come rumble in Red Deer, Wednesday, April 10, 3:30 pm @City Hall downtown on behalf of Michener residents.

    21. Shout out to Red Deer Council for unanimous support to Keep Michener Open!

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Shout out to Red Deer Council for unanimous support to Keep Michener Open! Rally time: Red Deer, April 10th City Hall 3:30 pm. Be there.

    22. Michener Voices

      Lee Kvern
      Petition organiser

      Red Deer teachers and A.U.P.E. adding their valuable voices to this Matter of Michener. Grateful thanks for our sisters, brothers, sons, daughters.

    23. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Maze LETHBRIDGE, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      My aunt has been in long term care here and Mich ear staff have been critical to her success. It is her home. Hope Redford is happy tearing my Aunt from her home!

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    • Margaret L. Hicks RED DEER, AB, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      I do not believe the residents who still live in Michener can possibly be cared for in the same manner in community housing.

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    • David Schmaltz MEDICINE HAT, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      My sister has called Michener Centre home for many years, and like the woman in the video, did not thrive at all in group homes. She requires the level of care that the Michener Centre excels at.

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    • Valerie HELM SUNDRE, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      It is important for the people that live here to be able to stay in THEIR OWN HOMES as long as they wish or live.

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    • Gloria Hutton HANNA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      very very

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