Slain Camrose youth worker had passion for work, husband says
The woman who was found dead in a Camrose assisted-living home on Saturday has been identified as 61-year-old Dianne McClements.
McClements was a support worker at home run by a local agency under contract with the province. A 17-year-old male who was a resident of the home is charged with second-degree murder and theft of a vehicle in the case.
McClements' common-law husband, Greg Chant, told CBC News on Tuesday that she never worried about her safety, even though she worked alone.
"Those kids were absolutely her passion," Chant said. "She was very strong with them. She was a very strong woman."
Although McClements stood just five foot one, she had training on how to do a takedown, something Chant said she had to do earlier in her career. But he said she worried about the youth later charged in her death.
"The young fellow in question, Dianne was concerned about, " he said. "She didn't understand what he was going through."
Gerry McCracken, the director of the agency that ran the home, said that the situation appeared to be fine and clients are thoroughly screened before they are placed.
"There was no concern at all," he said. "We wouldn't take an individual into our program if we thought there was any concerns about risk to our staff or our clients in the program."
McClements' funeral will take place Friday in Killam.
Her death comes 15 months after the death of Valerie Wolski, a worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Camrose.
Wolski, 41, was found dead in the home of the mentally disabled man she was caring for.
Terrence Saddleback, 26, was charged with manslaughter in her death on Feb. 12, 2011, but was later found unfit to stand trial.