The contract for temporary administrator Susan Abermann, was set to expire at the end of the month, but will now last until July 31st.

Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says the six-month extension is something families of loved ones at the center can be excited about.

“I share the relief of family members that the contract has been extended, particularly in these turbulent times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Maintaining that continuity will reassure people that there loves ones are being taken care of and they won’t be thrown into an unknown situation again,” says Leonard.

“I think the decision on the things that they are looking at reflect the concerns that families shave had. It is a very reassuring step that’s been taken.”

She added that with the COVID-19 situation, steps taken by both the provincial and North Island Health Officers are good things to keep the staff and residents safe.

“This is a four-month extension into the middle of the summer. The Provincial Health Officer, Bonnie Henry has stated that the changes that have been instituted- the centralized scheduling system so that healthcare workers are staying in one facility only as a worksite and that everyone is being paid at the same scale- it’s just going to be a gamechanger for the next six months. We’ll just have to see what comes of it all.”

An administrator was appointed to the Comox Valley Seniors Village in September to oversee operations and make sure the facility met legislated standards within the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (CCALA).