Mountain View Home Rally March 19

March 18, 2016

Join BCGEU President Stephanie Smith on Saturday March 19th for a rally to celebrate a victory for our members at Mountain View Home!

Mountain View Home will be hosting a rally in celebration of the decision to keep the facility open. Members, family, and friends of Mountain View Home are all welcome to attend. It will be held at the facility itself, 5133 Boundary Road in Abbotsford, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a barbecue lunch and an opportunity to hear from the folks who made this possible.

This decision shows how well organized, grass roots activism can make a difference - solidarity amongst members, good working relationships with community and an employer can benefit everyone. In August 2015, our members at Mountain View Home in Abbotsford were told that Fraser Health would be closing their 25-bed mental health facility in 12 months. The news hit the owners and workers at this family-run facility very hard, and they began a well-focussed grassroots campaign to save the home. Along with the owner and families of patients, they started a petition and garnered significant media attention. On February 25, 2016 the Fraser Health Authority informed Mountain View Home owner, Patrick Newby, that they have decided not to close Mountain View Home directly, but let the facility phase out as residents moved. For more information from an earlier update, click here.