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Change in leadership at Orillia’s Helping Hands organization

By Gisele Winton Sarvis, Special to Postmedia Network

Rob Soczka

Rob Soczka

Helping Hands Community Support Services for Seniors is looking for a new executive director.

Interim executive director Rob Soczka said “there has been a change of leadership in the organization. I have been brought on by the board to help facilitate the transition into the permanent position,” he said.

Asked why former executive director Gary Staines is no longer with Helping Hands, Soczka said he couldn’t comment.

Soczka, who was on the Helping Hands board of directors, has been in the role of interim executive director for about five weeks and said he hasn’t decided if he will apply for the position.

He said the job is posted and currently open. The board of directors is actively involved in making a decision on the successful candidate, he said.

Helping Hands provides service to Orillia and the townships of Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte. Services include personal care, homemaking, caregiver relief, meals on wheels, transportation, friendly visiting and telephone assurance and social programs. Staff also provide personal care and homemaking services to people living in assisted living locations.

Helping Hands is a not-for-profit organization that is financially supported by the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Soczka has served on committees such as the community transportation subcommittee of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, and is also a former paramedic and has experience in business management.

He was the general manager of RNR Transportation Inc.

“I have a real passion for this industry. I have a real interest in helping the health-care industry transition and change to meet the needs of the community,” he said.

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