Kathrin McMath – Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer

Congratulations to Kathrin McMath!

Newly appointed as Chief Operating Officer.

Kathrin has served 12 years with Menno Place, as both Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Finance and Operation.

As Chief Operating Office (COO), Kathrin will now have both Directors of Care reporting to her, Home: Kim Scott, Hospital: Smitha Varghese.

Also reporting to the COO will be the Recreation Manager, Joanne Sweeney. All who reported previously to Kathrin will continue to report to her.

All who reported previously to Kathrin will continue to report to her.

Kathrin’s skills and capabilities are evident to all who work closely with her. We are grateful to have her provide an expanded leadership for the Menno Place Team.

Menno Place is seeking a Director of Finance to join our team.


COVID Update – January 23, 2021


Menno Home E2 is officially declared OFF of outbreak!!!!
Tell the E2 Staff how much you appreciate them! https://mennoplacelife.com/encourage-frontline/ We are so sorry for the losses brought by this COVID-19 outbreak. The 13 residents who succumbed to COVID are not forgotten. We are grieving. We are also so grateful that the outbreak was contained to only one unit.
We thank God that it is OVER!
We await word from Fraser Health on how the STEP-DOWN process will be rolled out.
Please fill out the above form and thank KAREN BIGGS, CEO and KIM SCOTT, Infection Control Lead and Director of Care.
Thank the whole team – they gave it their all – and it was a battle. We think of the 25 staff and 42 residents who battled this virus in their own bodies – and wish them a complete recovery.
Thank you, families, for your amazing support throughout the outbreak – you have faced the fear of this virus all the while without seeing your loved one. E2 Families – THANK YOU.
And now hug the people you can – and let yourself breathe a little lighter.
We did this together and we did the best we could.
Well done, TEAM!
It is OVER!

Menno Place – COVID Impact in Long-Term Care

Menno Place – COVID Impact in Long-Term Care

Reported: January 9, 2021

Menno Home – 196 residents

Menno Home is awaiting vaccination.

Menno Home E1

  • 0 cases COVID positive

Menno Home E2

Declared on outbreak November 17, 2020

  • 42/45 residents COVID positive
  • 12 staff COVID positive
  • 12 deaths

Menno Home W1

COVID exposure – December 15, 2020
Off isolation – January 7, 2021

  • 1/44 residents COVID positive
  • 0 staff COVID positive
  • 1 death

Menno Home W2

COVID exposure – January 3, 2021

  • 0 residents COVID positive
  • 1 staff COVID positive
  • 0 deaths

Menno Hospital – 151 residents

Menno Hospital residents were vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech Dec. 31, 2020

Menno Hospital E1

Droplet precaution required – November 25, 2020
Off droplet precaution December 9, 2020

  • 0 residents COVID positive
  • 1 staff COVID positive
  • 0 deaths

Menno Hospital E2

Droplet precaution required – November 25, 2020
Off droplet precaution December 9, 2020

  • 0 residents COVID positive
  • 1 staff COVID positive
  • 0 deaths

Menno Hospital W2

Droplet precaution required – November 28, 2020
Off droplet precaution December 9, 2020

  • 0 residents COVID positive
  • 0 staff COVID positive
  • 0 deaths

Note: There is no Menno Hospital W1 unit


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The Best Christmas Present for 2020 – Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for our Residents!

The Best Christmas Present for 2020 – Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for our Residents!

We are beyond excited to let you know that Fraser Health called us this afternoon to let us know that all residents of Menno Home and Menno Hospital (long-term care) will be provided with the MODERNA COVID-19 vaccination.

We are working with our pharmacy, Rexall, to organize the details of storage and the team to provide the vaccinations. The great news is that this vaccine can be brought to our residents and they do not need to be moved off campus in order to get this vaccine (unlike the Pfizer vaccine that had to be stored at -70C).

All primary contacts will be contacted for consent for their loved one to receive the vaccine when it becomes available. All residents will be screened for allergies and sensitivities to ensure that there is not a contraindication for anyone. This vaccine has not, yet, been approved by Health Canada. It will arrive 24 – 48 hours after regulatory approval.

Menno Place will, with Fraser Health and other long-term care homes make our plans with the assumption that the Moderna vaccine will be made available.

As we move forward, we will advocate for all the seniors who live at Menno Place (Assisted Living and Independent Living) to qualify for this vaccine.

We continue to send our staff for vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine. We are sending 65 staff per day to the vaccination clinic. Pearl Nucich, our Executive Assistant has done an exceptional job in pulling together this administrative task! Our staff are eager to have and bring this safety to their lives and to Menno Place residents.

We are grateful. We are hopeful. We are so very thankful for your support throughout this extraordinarily difficult pandemic. An end is in sight for our loved ones living in care!
We are so happy for all of you who have loved ones living in long-term care here at Menno Place!

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Begun!

We are pleased to let you know that Menno Place began the COVID-19 mRNA (Pfizer / BionTech) vaccination program today. 10 of our frontline staff received the first step of this two-step vaccination this afternoon. Fraser Health is communicating with us day-by-day to let us know the numbers of staff that we can have vaccinated each day. We are very excited about being able to bring this level of safety to Menno Place.

Here is a photo of our much-appreciated Manager of Dining Experience, Angela Ross-Fehr happily sharing her record of immunization.

Send a Christmas gift to your loved one at Menno Place!

Here’s how you can safely deliver a Christmas gift to your loved one this year.

Menno Place in the News – Hiring Family as Temporary Workers

On November 17, 2020, Menno Home received the first positive COVID-19 test result. It was a resident. After 8 months of vigilant work to keep this virus out of our seniors campus of care, we began to see the impact of this virus. As more residents and staff became infected, it was evident that we would need to find more staff to support the increased needs and protocols – and to fill the gaps for staff who were pending results or found to be COVID-19 positive.

During the outbreak, staff is assigned to work on only one unit. A housekeeper may normally clean one unit in the morning and another in the afternoon. Now, they can’t go to the second unit, so we need extra hands on deck to carry out essential services like housekeeping, laundry and food services.

On November 28th, we asked families and close friends to apply for a temporary employee position as a Temporary Multi-Skilled Worker. This would enable the family members who deeply care to come into the building, provide assistance and safely see their loved one.

More than 50 family members have applied to do this additional supportive work. The first two Temporary Multi-Skilled Workers begin their work on December 3, 2020.

You can read or view news about this here:

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COVID-19 Update at Menno Place. On November 25th, one staff member at Menno Hospital was confirmed as COVID-19 positive. Menno Hospital is a 151 bed long-term care home. Two of the units were impacted. All staff and residents have been swabbed. All results returned are negative. Menno Hospital is on droplet precaution which means that full PPE is used and all residents are in isolation. Please pray for the residents and staff of Menno Hospital.
On November 17th, one resident was identified as COVID-19 positive in Menno Home E2. Today, there is a total of 12 COVID-19 positive cases – 2 staff and 10 residents. Please pray for the residents and staff of Menno Home. This week, the staff from Menno Home E2 who tested negative will be returning from their 2 week quarantine period to continue their work in Menno Home. It has been challenging to fill all of their positions while they were away on quarantine.
The source of these two COVID-19 outbreaks are unrelated as the positive staff member at Menno Hospital was not connected to Menno Home.
We have started a Family Essential Service Worker program in Menno Home to provide essential care through family members who we know are committed to the safety and care of their loved ones who live in Menno Home.
Our frontline workers could use some encouragement as they face these two outbreaks. Please CLICK HERE to give them the energy of support that comes from this amazing community of Abbotsford.

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