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Park Place Seniors Living new owners of Sunridge

Park Place Seniors Living has been identified as the new owner of Sunridge Place care facility in Duncan, set to take over from Norm Jones' Sunridge Place Limited Partnership and Bundock Management Ltd. in June.

Hospital Employees' Union representatives met with future and current ownership briefly Wednesday.

"They are known to us,'' said Margi Blamey, communications officer for the HEU.

Park Place Seniors Living is based in West Vancouver and has 17 family-owned and operated care homes, assisted living complexes and retirement residences throughout B.C. and Alberta, including Cerwydden Care Centre in Duncan.

Park Place became the new operator of the Campbell River New Horizon Community of Care facility at the end of December and promptly issued layoff notices to 120 health workers.

The same thing just transpired at Sunridge, with the pending takeover by Park Place and layoff notices issued by Jones to 264 employees Monday.

It's not known what the new owners' plans are for the employees being dispatched.

"Both the current owner and Park Place Seniors Living confirm that Sunridge will continue to operate and provide excellent care for residents,'' stated Park Place senior vice-president of operations Ian West in a press release.

"Over the coming weeks, Park Place will be meeting and communicating with residents, families, staff and their union to introduce the company and ensure a smooth transition.''

West added Park Place Seniors Living ensures all its care homes have Accredited Canada designation.

"This not-for-profit agency surveys care homes across Canada to measure the standards of care and service. National Accreditation validates the quality and excellence of care being provided to residents and gives families peace of mind.''

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