West Seattle scene: Protester outside Senior Center

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.

4 Replies to "West Seattle scene: Protester outside Senior Center"

  • kevin July 17, 2014 (6:42 pm)

    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.
    25 years of loyal service, and then flushing that individual down the toilet… thank you NOT!
    No Karen – no Kevin.

  • Trish July 17, 2014 (10:20 pm)

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

  • Angela July 17, 2014 (10:30 pm)

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

  • Kathy beckman August 4, 2014 (5:06 pm)

    What a mistake! Karen as been a treasure and to.fire her for an opinion she was expressing to her board shows a lack of leadership on Senior Services Director. It’s not too late to forgive Karen and let her finish her job!

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