Letters to the Editor

Summerhaven residents and staff are on the rebound

Dear Sir,

I am writing to let the public know that the Summerhaven residents and staff are happy because we are on the rebound.

Special thanks to the Ministry of Health and Seniors, and other government departments for coming to our aid after much mental frustration and correspondence.

I would like publicly to thank Roger Richardson, one of our past co-ordinators, for his very vigilant efforts in exposing John Powell and his board members in the running of Summerhaven as a rest home.

Many thanks to Glenn Blakeney, the minister in Parliament at the time who brought the information to the House of Assembly. That correspondence was the straw that broke the camel’s back in our situation.

I am glad that Susan Jackson is in the position of receivership of Summerhaven Trust. I am overjoyed that the chairman, Mr Powell, and his board are gone for ever — good riddance to bad rubbish. The board members endorsed all the endeavours of Mr Powell, which showed they could care less about the residents’ welfare, and I find them just as guilty as Mr Powell.

I asked Mr Powell and his board to publicly apologise to Ianthia Wade for her being falsely accused of mismanagement of Summerhaven Trust. It was Mr Powell who ordered the auditing because he wanted to see if there was any “hanky-panky” going on. Mrs Wade went through proper police investigations, auditing and government investigations, and was found innocent on all accounts.

Mrs Wade was supposed to return to her position as administrator, but was informed by Mr Powell that the board cannot work with her. I find that to be a conspiracy. The board of inquiries recommended that Mrs Wade should not return. Just recently, Mr Powell was under investigation and it was shown that he was found to have committed “hanky-panky”.

The social environment at Summerhaven between the residents and staff has improved since Mr Powell has been gone. A special thanks to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for coming by during the festive holidays and giving us a concert and refreshments. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Special appreciation to the H&H Gombey group, who showed up on Boxing Day with all that excitement — even I, in my wheelchair, was tapping my feet. Congratulations to the designers of their costumes; they were beautiful and attractive. My hats off to all the Gombey leaders and my condolences to the family of the late Terry “Termite” Simmons.

It would be remiss of me to forget to thank the many people in Bermuda who prayed for the residents here at Summerhaven during one of the most difficult times in our lives. Please accept our heartfelt thanks.

WILLARD “FOXY” FOX