Bentley Care Centre manager retires, student union elections

Sharon Newton (right)

By June Norvila

With mixed feelings, after 12 years on the job, Sharon Newton, site leader of the Bentley Care Centre, decided it was time to retire and enjoy activities with her husband who retired earlier in the year.

“It has been a wonderful place to work,” Newton stated. “I have made many wonderful community connections because of this job and by being involved. And I have worked with great staff.”

Newton spent four days a week on site and faced challenges on many different issues. Her official title had changed many times but the job remained the same she said.

When she first came to the facility in March 1997 there were still leftovers from the building’s closure as a hospital, and the now ‘continuing care’ facility had outdated equipment.

While at Bentley, Newton became active with the Bentley Care Centre Auxiliary and their fund raising events, was on the community services advisory board, and belonged to the community van society, all in an effort to improve the quality of life for the care centre residents.

She has fond memories of equipment upgrades, garage sales set up on the care centre lawn during fair week, being a part of fashion shows put on by the care centre’s auxiliary, building of a patio off the dining room, expansion of a garden area, watching entries in the Red Deer Festival of Trees take shape in the foyer, numerous parties, special guests, and special events held for residents, and even some building construction upgrades.

Funds from the garage sales, that soon became so popular that truck loads were hauled away and donated elsewhere, helped pay for a big screen TV for residents, seasonal decorations that adorned the inside of the facility and made it more welcoming and less formal, patio and garden area furniture, and wheelchair accessible doors.

She brought a philosophy of “if we are more open to the community then we are more accountable” and it showed in the involvement she encouraged between the care centre, its residents, and the community.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Newton said they moved to Red Deer when no nurses were being hired and she got a job with the Innisfail Care Centre. When she had the chance to get the Bentley posting in March 1997 she jumped at the opportunity and never regretted it.

“I would rather drive 30 minutes to a job I love than live five minutes from a different job,” she declared. “This last while has gone by so fast. Time flies by when you enjoy what you are doing.”

Plans are for the Newton’s to go south for the winter and then move to Moose Jaw, Sask. to be closer to family when they come back.

Cheryl Kay, who lives in Lacombe, will be the continuing care supervisor for Sylvan Lake and Eckville home care and also be the Bentley longterm care site manager. She says she likes the home-like environment in Bentley’s facility and will be on site two days a week.

Newton’s last official day at Bentley was Oct. 22 and she was still smiling while trying to tie up little loose ends that she wanted finished.

Bentley Student’s Union names 2009/10 executive

The Bentley School Student’s Union presidency position is being co-chaired this year. Kyle Huehn and Molly Cookson-Hills decided to run together as a team and share the responsibility.

Vice president is Jenna Seater and the Social Convener is Natawni Codd.

Class representatives include Etham Nickerson and Shenoah Reban for Grade 7, Troy Metro and Elizabeth Keller for Grade 8, Derek Pirart and Sevan Schmidt for Grade 9, Kyle Turnbull and Jessie Cadman for Grade 10, Amy Hawkings and Vicky Day for Grade 11, and Nina Vopni and Kaleigh McKean for Grade 12.

The teacher advisor is Christine Wu.

Just Posted

Hawk Tail Brewery ready to open doors

New Rimbey business to begin operation

Peace officer keeps busy

Trenholm’s duties include ensuring municipal bylaws and provincial legislation is adhered to

Rimbey RCMP get called to domestic dispute

Rocky Mountain House and Ponoka RCMP assist

Motorist flees police near Ponoka, escapes on foot

While attempting a traffic stop police say the driver sped off before hitting the ditch

Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971

Adrian Pearce, now a married father of two, received the small present from his highschool sweetheart

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Alberta Finance Minister says equalization program not working

Equalization formula fails Alberta again, says UCP

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

Missing B.C. man might be headed to Alberta

Jeremy Bauer, 40, was last seen on Dec. 6

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Most Read