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Dearness Home Committee of Management

City Council established the Committee of Management for the Dearness Home on September 20, 2010 in accordance with section 132 of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, which provides that the council of a municipality establishing and maintaining a long-term care home shall appoint from among the members of the council a committee of management for the home.

Five members of council are appointed for a 4-year term to the Committee of Management. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually from among the committee members at the first meeting of the calendar year.

The Dearness Home Committee of Management members for the term December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2018 are: Councillor Anna Hopkins; Councillor Tanya Park; Councillor Virginia Ridley; Councillor Harold Usher; and Councillor Jared Zaifman.


The Committee of Management meets a minimum of four times a year and may provide information reports to Municipal Council. The duties of the members of the Committee of Management are set out in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, as follows:

(a) To exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances; and

(b) To take such measures as necessary to ensure that the corporation complies with all requirements of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.

The members of the Committee of Management also have a duty under s. 24 to report their suspicion to the Director of:  improper or incompetent treatment or care of a resident that resulted in harm or a risk of harm to the resident; abuse of a resident by anyone or neglect of a resident by the licensee or staff that resulted in harm or a risk of harm to the resident; unlawful conduct that resulted in harm or a risk of harm to a resident; misuse or misappropriation of a resident’s money; misuse or misappropriation of funding provided to a licensee under the Act or the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006.

In fulfilling its duties, the Committee of Management may wish to receive reports from the Managing Director of Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home, with respect to administration of the Dearness Home and the fulfillment of the duties and obligations under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.

The fundamental principle to be applied in the interpretation of the Act and anything required or permitted under the Act is that a long-term care home is primarily the home of its residents and is to be operated so that it is a place where they may live with dignity and in security, safety and comfort and have their physical, psychological, social, spiritual and cultural needs adequately met.

The personal information contained in communications directed to City Council and its standing and advisory committees is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 as amended and will be used to assist Council and Committee Members in their deliberations. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk at 300 Dufferin Avenue, London, ON N6B 1Z2, or by telephone 519-661-CITY (2489) ext. 4937.

Communications addressed to City Council and to its Standing and Advisory Committees become part of the public record and will be published on a public agenda and made available electronically through the City of London public internet website. The City will not accept anonymous communications sent to Council or to its Committees.

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