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by Rhonda Spivak, October 15, 2011


Tuesday October 11,CEO-Sandra Delorme goes on medical leave.

Tuesday, October 11, p.m.-Staff Appreciation Pizza Party announced

Wednesday Morning, October 12- Jean Cox of WRHA meets with Staff and Board members of Simkiin Centre to announce findings of review verbally . Sandra Delorme not present as on medical leave. Announcement made that Simkin Centre passes 25/26 standards. Fails one standard. Written report to be delivered at a later date.

Wednesday noon, October 12,-Delorme, on leave, sends "Congratulatory" memo to staff.

Thursday afternoon, October 13,-Delorme seen in administrative offices.

Thursday October 13- Duration of medical leave not confirmed.

Thursday October 13,-Draft Press Release announcing review findings sent out. No mention of Delorme.

October 15-Board President Phyllis Spigelman confirms Delorme 's performance review completed a month previous and Board unanimously approved of her performance.

October 15, Spigelman unable to confirm who shared results of WHRA review with Delorme and when.

Confirms Delorme expected back by end of year.

October 15--Spigelman intends to stay on as Chair of Board.

October 15-Spigelman confirms no changes anticipated to board governance, or permanent changes to administrative team.

October 17-Board meets to confirm who assumes responsibilities during Delorme's medical leave.

Question: When did Delorme first learn of results of 26 Standards Review?


By Rhonda Spivak, October 15, 2011

Sandra Delorme, CEO of the Simkin Centre went on medical leave as of Tuesday October 12.

Phyllis Spigelman confirmed the date of Tuesday October 12 in written correspondence to the Winnipeg Jewish Review.

 Harriet Berkal first informed theWinnipeg Jewish Review on October 13 that she had heard that Delorme was on medical leave, and as a result the Review wrote to representatives of the home as follows on October 13:

It has come to my attention that CEO Saundra Delorme is on medical leave, as opposed to sick leave ( a shorter more defined period).

1.Can you please advise if this is the case?

If so, When did she began her medical leave and when is the earliest she is expected back? My information is that it began on Tuesday of this week-[October 11}-is that correct? please confirm

2. Who is running the Simkin Centre in her place? If her leave is to be indefinite, what are the procedures involved in filling her shoes? Is there an acting CEO and who is this person?

In response, Jack Litvack and Phyllis Spigelman, co-chairs of the Board, replied by email October 13:

"Sandra Delorme our CEO is in fact on medical leave. This was made official to us on Tuesday. Our board will meet on Monday evening to formalize the leadership plan for her absence. As of now our senior management is running the centre.

"We will not be commenting further until after the board meeting on Monday [October 17]."

In a telephone conversation on October 15, Spigelman added, "We got a doctor's noteTuesday morning [October 12] relating to her ['Delorme's]medical situation."

The Winnipeg Jewish Review has been attempting to pinpoint when exactly Sandra Delorme found out about the results of the full standards review conducted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority [WRHA], which found that the Simkin Centre had passed 25 of the 26 standards, and failed one in the area of integrated care planning.

According to an email sent by Jean Cox , Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, Regional Programs and Services, to Harriet Berkal dated October 12, a day after Delorme began her leave on October 11, " Manitoba Health and WRHA representatives met with some staff and some Board members today to give a verbal update on the finding of the Standards."

During the October 12 meeting with Cox, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, Delorme was not present,as her leave had commenced a day earlier. According to Spigelman the briefing meeting with Jean Cox which was packed with staff began at 9 o'clock that morning and lasted until about 10:45 a.m. .Jean Cox at the meeting provided a verbal briefing as the written final report has not been released.

Spigelman told the Winnipeg Jewish Review in a telephone conversation on Saturday October 15, that she herself did not tell Delorme of the results of the 26 Standards Review nor did she know who may have, nor did she know when Delorme was first informed of the results.

Delorme wrote a memo to staff on October 12, 2011 at 12:03 p.m. (a day  after commencing leave on October 11) titled "Congratulations." Although she had not been at that morning's meeting with Jean Cox , Delorme knew of the results by  about noon that day .

The congratulations memo written by Delorme, dated Wednesday October12, 2011, a copy of which is in the possession of the Winnipeg Jewish Review says:

"I want to congratulate each and every one of you who contributed to our success on the 26 Standards Review. Wow! We met 25 Standards-how great is that ! All the hard work done by everyone made this possible. A special thanks to Alanna [Kull], for taking the lead in this and getting us through.

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