Seven employees at Valley View Centre, got a written notice on Friday, stating their positions will be terminated by September 30.
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Valley View Centre is set to close in 2016, but in response to a steering committee, the province is expanding supports available to people with intellectual services like those at the centre.
Six out of the seven people who received the job loss notification were part of the security department.
"We knew this was coming, but not this early. Now it's becoming real," said a source who was handed a notification on Friday, and who would like to remain anonymous.
"A lot of us never thought security would be the first to go. They deemed us nonessential."
According to the source, those who were handed notices took it pretty well because many have other jobs and they knew cuts were on the horizon. However, their main concern still stands with the residents who currently live at Valley View Centre, which is home to people with intellectual disabilities.
"Only a handful of residents have left the centre. There are still a lot more people living there. What are they going to do?"
This is the first wave of cuts that have occurred since the Saskatchewan government announced in 2012 that they would be closing Valley View by 2016, affecting 500 jobs and the lives of nearly 200 residents.
The centre stopped admitting new residents in 2002 due to the deteriorating facility. The government opted to shut down the facility instead of spending the $37 million in upgrades it would need to stay open.
Calls were made to both the Valley View Centre and the Government of Saskatchewan for a comment, but due to the long weekend their offices were closed.
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