ASNL recently took action to protect the health and well-being of participants, members and staff. Senior staff, including several delivering online programs that are funded with external grants, continue to work from home. Many others, here on the Avalon and in the regions, are in lay-off until this pandemic crisis ends.
It was because of COVID-19 and advice from the Minister of Health and Community Services, and the province’s Chief Medical Officer, that ASNL closed its offices on March 17th and suspended both social enterprises, its centre-based programs, and all engagement activities in the community.
This affected services to participants, and affected staff delivering those services, in all regions of the province.
These are difficult times; the health and safety of our participants and staff remains our top priority. We look forward to resuming normal operations and rehiring our laid-off staff in their same roles.
But I have good news! Many of you know Tess Hemeon, our Advocacy and Family Supports person for these past five years or so. Tess has begun her maternity leave (exciting!) and ASNL is very fortunate to have an experienced, trained and registered social worker performing that same role on a 1-year contract. We send Tess and Ashley our very best wishes.
Finally, follow the recommendations of our health officials and do your part to reduce the spread of this virus – please stay home!
Chief Executive Officer