Who we are
Arrowsmith Health Care Society is a not-for-profit organization that offers complex care services, assisted living suites, day programming for adults in the community, and respite services for those who live at home. The original Arrowsmith Lodge was inspired by the community in 1968 when the need was present for a ‘personal care unit’ for seniors in the Parksville area. Over the years we have assisted hundreds, if not thousands, of Oceanside residents with their care needs and have been fortunate enough to get to know some amazing people along the way.
Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor are operated by the community, for the community. We reach out to other like-minded organizations in an effort to provide the best services to our elders in Oceanside. Our mission is “To provide optimum quality care in a home-like setting while fostering links in the community”. Our values include: putting people first, empowering others, balancing living with safety, innovation, and mutual support.
All of our rooms at Arrowsmith Lodge are subsidized by Island Health and our suites at Cokely Manor are subsidized by both Island Health and BC Housing.
How many employees do we have?
We employ approximately 180 people. That includes full-time, part-time and casual on call.
What do we look for in a new employee?
We look for people who are good critical thinkers, able to adapt to an ever-changing environment, and have a passion for helping others. Every person is equally important here, every department has to work with each other as a team in order to make everything run smoothly.
What advice would we give someone who wants to work for our organization?
Be organized. Bring a cover letter, resume, pertinent documents/certificates and personally drop them off to the appropriate manager at the Lodge. Be professional in your appearance and presentation.
Do we anticipate hiring in the next 6 months? If so for what types of positions?
Yes, we hire throughout the year. All new employees tend to start as a casual employee. There are numerous positions: housekeeping, laundry, dietary aide, cooks, care aides, registered nurses, licenced practical nurses, and activity aides.
What is the best way for someone to apply if they are interested in working for our organization?
Drop off a resume and cover letter at 266B Moilliet Street. It is always best if you can deliver it to the proper Manager, if they are available. Tom Patterson – care and nursing. Stewart McTavish – Housekeeping and Dietary. Karen Fredlund – Activities.