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Queen stepping down as Rainycrest administrator

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Citing an increasing workload as administrator for four rest homes, Kevin Queen is resigning from his position at Rainycrest Home for the Aged here as soon as a replacement can be found.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” said Queen, who has been administrator here since January, 1997.

“It’s really all about time,” he remarked. “I’ve been trying to juggle Rainycrest, Princess Court and Pinecrest [both in Kenora], and Northwood Lodge in Red Lake, and I’m not doing anybody justice like it is now.”

And that workload isn’t going to get any lighter in the near future. As renovations wrap up at the new unit for the cognitively-impaired at Rainycrest, 32 beds soon will be added to Princess Court and 10 to Northwood Lodge, and Pinecrest is slated to be completely rebuilt by 2006.

Queen noted he’ll continue to act as administrator at Rainycrest until a suitable replacement is landed. “We hope to have something in place by June,” he said.

But when the time comes, Queen said he’ll certainly have mixed emotions about leaving.

“I really care about Rainycrest. I’ve sincerely taken on my duties and responsibilities there over the years,” he remarked. “And although it’s not only my own doing, there’s been changes for the better over the years.

“This decision in no way lessens my support of the home. I’m very committed to the residents and staff,” Queen stressed. “It’s a very good home with a close-knit management and a very good staff.”

In related news, Queen said work on the new unit for the cognitively-impaired at Rainycrest is going well, with a ribbon-cutting expected sometime next month.

Construction on the $550,000 expansion began last July. Once completed, it will see 32 existing rooms designated for residents who are Alzheimer’s patients or suffer from other forms of dementia.

Along with a new dining room, which will enable staff to keep the two groups separated within the home, additions include a new secured outdoor patio with flowers, walkways, and a gazebo.

The expansion is being built on the west end of Rainycrest by United General Contracting Ltd. of Thunder Bay. It has been funded internally with savings accumulated over the past five years.

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