A merger between Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre in NDG and three other francophone rehab centres has some worried because if it happens it will strip the NDG centre of its legal right to offer services in English.
The chairwoman of the Constance-Lethbridge board of directors, Françoise Rollin, says the merge with the French centres, will attract bigger opportunities to develop services and expertise.
She says the final goal is for all rehab centres on the island to merge to save costs and have better coordination.
Rollin says the merger is not finalised but should it go ahead, the centre will lose its English-service designation.
Despite that, she says it would continue to offer services in English.
“It’s part of our values, of our history, of our commitment to our population,” adding that there would be a written agreement to make sure it happens.
Constance-Lethbridge was considering a merger with MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, which would have allowed it to keep its English-service designation, but backed out.
“We were working on the merger for over 18 months, we were at the final stages, our new name had been chosen, it was a tremendous shock,” Christine Boyle, the Executive Director of MAB-Mackay said.
Adding that she’s worried about how it will impact their clients.
“We serve a really vulnerable population and we want to make sure that their access to services is protected. That the clients get the services they need, in the language that they want it in.”