West Seattle scene: Protester outside Senior Center

July 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 3 Comments

The controversy over the abrupt firing of the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s longtime director Karen Sisson drew a protester this afternoon. We were in The Junction for something else when we saw Vanessa‘s comment on our followup from last night, saying she was going to go stand on the corner with a sign, so we ran by, and there she was. She says she’ll be there until about 4 pm and will return tomorrow. As first reported here Monday night, Sisson was let go last week by the center’s parent nonprofit, Senior Services, after 25 years; SS wouldn’t comment on why, but the West Seattle center’s board director David Robertson says he was told it was over a widely distributed e-mail voicing concerns about SS’s planned direction for the center, and the board met to take a vote of confidence in Sisson’s leadership. While the center owns its building/property, its employees report to Senior Services, so the board’s future potential path of action isn’t clear at this point.

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  1. I have considered volunteering at the WS Senior Center in the past, but if this is the way they treat their staff, then I’m not even going to consider any volunteer position in the future.
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    25 years of loyal service, and then flushing that individual down the toilet… thank you NOT!
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    No Karen – no Kevin.
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    Comment by kevin — 6:42 pm July 17, 2014 #

  2. Rock on Vanessa!! Next stop- Senior Services downtown.

    Comment by Trish — 10:20 pm July 17, 2014 #

  3. I hope Senior Services is realizing that one person can make a huge impact, just like a REALLY bad decision. Go Vanessa!

    Comment by Angela — 10:30 pm July 17, 2014 #

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