Author Topic: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction  (Read 9589 times)

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http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2011/02/17/edmonton-camrose-murder.html

Province to probe mental health worker's death
Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 2:38 PM MT
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Mental health worker Valerie Wolski was found dead inside a Camrose home on Sunday. (Courtesy Craig Wolski)The Alberta government plans to investigate the death of a mental health worker killed in a client's home in Camrose last weekend.

But Occupational Health and Safety said it would wait until the police investigation is complete before starting the probe.

"There are a lot of questions, I think, that have to be answered either by the Camrose police department through the course of their investigation or ours," said Barrie Harrison, a spokesman for Occupational Health and Safety.

Valerie Diane Wolski, 41, was found dead inside a home Sunday. Wolski was working as a mental health caregiver at the time of her death, police said.

Harrison said the investigation would include a look at the employer's practices and whether they were followed. The Canadian Mental Health Association could face fines if it was found to be in breach of the guidelines.

"Occupational Health and Safety will await results of their findings. We'll then go over those findings," he said. "We'll undoubtedly speak with the employer to determine what sort of practices were in place and were they followed."

The agency has refused to comment.

The suspect hasn't been identified, but is described by police as having limited mental capacities.

Guy Smith of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the case raises a number of issues.

"I think the public has a right to know the situation out there and I think the government has a responsibility, or any enforcement body, has the responsibility to ensure that workers are safe in that kind of environment."


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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 03:22:16 PM »
The government has a responsibility in this issue.  The Alberta Govt (They are up to their old tricks of cutting back on mental health services.)  It is cheaper to give one careworker, rather than place them into a facility.  Yes, I agree that it is better to have someone who has limited capacity (which does not always denote mental illness) in their community.  However, if violent behavior is a constant, (we don't know this at the moment) then hospitalization would be in order, to have effective medication applied, so that they can return home.  Let us hope that this has not been the reasoning behind this.

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 03:43:17 PM »
this is so sad all around.  I agree with you JB but I have seen up close what the Gov. and Occupational health can do for a victim. It's usually as little as possible to get by.  This is very unfortunate as most caregivers for these people do it because they really do care about them.

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 07:35:35 PM »
The government does have responsibility here especially since this isn't the first incident. Does anyone remember the young Social Worker that was murdered several years ago by a "client"? Seems it was southern Ab as well. Violent offenders are slipping through the cracks way too much.

Then there's this case:

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=4717.0

He won't be going to jail but he will most certainly not be kept where he's at and when he is released and decides to stop taking his medictions ... the system says "ooopsie". That does not cut it for murder.
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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011, 01:49:00 AM »
In memory of Valerie:

http://valeriewolski.net/

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2011, 08:47:56 AM »
Psychiatrist's report included in the link; have not copied it here.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/08/05/edmonton-saddleback-report.html

Alberta health worker's strangulation scene described
Judge unseals Saddleback medical report after CBC applies for its release
CBC News Posted: Aug 8, 2011 12:16 AM MT Last Updated: Aug 8, 2011 4:57 AM MT
      

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An Alberta judge has unsealed a medical report that provides details of the crime scene where a mental health worker was killed on the job earlier this year, allegedly by the severely disabled young man she was caring for.

Valerie Wolski, 41, was alone with Terrence Saddleback on Feb. 12 in Camrose when she was strangled.

Terrence Saddleback is helped out of an armoured van at the Camrose courthouse in March. CBC
Saddleback, 26, was charged with manslaughter, but because of his mental disability he was found unfit to stand trial.

CBC News fought for five months to obtain the report that convinced a judge to find Saddleback unfit. Judge William Andreassen has now unsealed that document.

The fight for the file
The expert psychiatrist's report was written in March and filed at provincial court in Camrose, Alta., but CBC News had to fight for five months to have it released.

Judge William Andreassen needed to weigh Terrence Saddleback's right to privacy against the public's right to know what happened and debate how to prevent such future tragedies in the future. Ultimately, Andreassen agreed with CBC's lawyer that it was in the public's interest to unseal the file.

Lawyer Matt Woodley said it's an important victory for judicial transparency, because it lets the public understand why Saddleback was found unfit to stand trial.

"It also gives the public a good opportunity to ask questions about how things were done in this particular case and get answers as to why Ms. Wolski was put into the situation that she was," Woodley said.

It reveals that Terrence Saddleback has a long history of violence against female care workers.

The report also includes details about the crime scene that have until now been under wraps.

A female worker arrived at Saddleback's house just before 9 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 13 to relieve Wolski.

"Upon entering the residence she noticed Mr. Saddleback lying on the living room couch. He said hello to her," the court report states.

The caregiver then noticed her colleague lying on the floor in front of the couch, the document states. She called 911.

"Our officers noted hair on and around Mrs. Wolski in a variety of different locations within the house," Camrose police Insp. Lee Foreman said.

CBC News has learned that Saddleback had a history of pulling women's hair.

The medical examiner believes Wolski was choked during a struggle and died from manual strangulation.

Saddleback remains in secure custody at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 04:48:18 PM »
The long and short of this case ... mismanagement again by the mental health department.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/man-accused-of-killing-caregiver-was-flagged-as-threat-1.1029039

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2014, 05:00:02 PM »
Thank God for people like Graham Jones! He may get the mental health department to get their acts together.



http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/07/14/christie-blatchford-in-hobbema-a-%E2%80%98catastrophic%E2%80%99-risk-ignored/

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2016, 10:31:22 PM »
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A behaviour plan for Saddleback was not prepared by CMHA he was prone to aggression and erratic behaviour, the inquiry heard.

How careless these government agencies are with safety concerning the staff!



http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/killer-of-camrose-caregiver-stepped-over-val-like-she-wasnt-there-fatality-inquiry-told

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2017, 12:15:03 PM »
Just too many governmental agencies are very good at going to meetings and appearing functional and making sure everything looks good on paper. Both levels, provincial and federal.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2017, 12:51:13 PM »
Just too many governmental agencies are very good at going to meetings and appearing functional and making sure everything looks good on paper. Both levels, provincial and federal.

This is quite the eye opener.  I know quite a bit about this topic ie: group homes.
Private Guardians must always keep both eyes open...make regular visits -at unexpected times.
If he had a Public guardian, it looks like the Public guardian is not doing it's job.
I will say no more.

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Re: Valerie Wolski: murdered on the job: Camrose: Solved: No conviction
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2017, 02:39:12 PM »
It's real nice getting paid and not having much to do, isn't it? None of them did their jobs. Don't even get me going on the federal level. My friend in the north supposedly has a staff of 5, all paid by federal government. From cleaning staff to filers. No one turns up except her every day. 6 wages being paid. Looks good on paper. She can't do a thing about it, head office does not want to know that. She also goes into a setting where violence is commonplace but she cuts her hours short in the winter so she doesn't have to leave there or drive in the dark.
Looking good on paper is what it's all about for the government, even if it doesn't work.