Rainycrest administrator to retire in March

FORT FRANCES—Rainycrest Home for the Aged administrator Jill Colquhoun plans to retire in March.
Her letter to the home’s board of management was accepted during its regular monthly meeting here Tuesday.
Colquhoun said she enjoyed her time at Rainycrest and learned a great deal from the many challenges it has faced over the last two years.
“I’ve had very strong support from board members,” she added.
Board members each had words of encouragement and thanks for Colquhoun.
“You’ve certainly developed a lot of policies and procedures for the benefit of residents here,” said Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown, who chairs the board. “We’re certainly going to miss your expertise and your knowledge.”
“I’ve been convinced utterly that you’ve had the interests of the residents first and foremost at all times,” echoed board member Ron McAlister. “Your talents and your personality will be sadly missed by this board.”
“I’ve heard a lot of positive things, particularly with respect to resident care. I enjoyed working with you and I wish you the best in your retirement,” added Fort Frances Mayor Dan Onichuk.
“You came on at a difficult time and I’ve been very impressed with your commitment to the job. Your durability has been amazing,” noted Larry Armstrong.
Colquhoun took over administration of Rainycrest in January, 2003 from Kevin Queen, who now is the administrator for Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora.
Since then, Colquhoun has had to deal with a number of difficult issues, including a ban on visitors at Rainycrest due to a Norwalk-like virus among residents during her first month on the job as well as a suspension on admissions by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from May-September of that year.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board heard from director of finance Patricia Crewson that Rainycrest’s year-end deficit likely will be smaller than predicted.
While the year-end accounting is not yet completed, Crewson said the deficit probably will be somewhere near $150,000.
“It’s not going to be any more than that. It could be less,” she noted.
This is half of the $300,000 deficit predicted back in September.
Crewson said the year-end figures should be available by the board’s next budget meeting, scheduled for Feb. 10. At that meeting, the board also will discuss the home’s budget for 2005 and determine what the municipal levy increase will be, if any.
In other news, Mayor Onichuk was elected chair of the Rainycrest board Tuesday while Mayor Brown was elected as vice-chair.