CFN – Can you imagine with a background in nursing discovering that a staff member at the Long Term Care facility you’re a manager at has hurt a patient?
You follow the rules and report it leading to a five year odyssey that has seen your job terminated, reinstated, and then ending up yourself on Long Term disability from the impact of abuse, retaliation, bullying, and in the end not being able to work in your field?
Your devastated financially and in many cases become a pariah mostly out of fear from those who simply didn’t have the courage to out of fear of the very actions that have inflicted Diane Shay.
CFN sat down one on one with Ms Shay Saturday as she’s watched the same management team sued by another Whistleblower, Cornwall Ontario Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley.
The one common denominator were Mayor Bob Kilger and former Cornwall CAO Paul Fitzpatrick.
Diane Shay Interview Part 1
The utter irony is that the employee that abused an elderly patient still is employed at Glen Stor Dun Lodge. Donna Derouchie, former Manager was given a golden parachute as was former CAO Paul Fitzpatrick who was allowed to retire with a settlement only recently confirmed by the city. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s settlement, negotiated with his good friend Mayor Bob Kilger is also under a nondisclosure agreement, also confirmed by the city last week.
Diane Shay Interview Part 2
Former HR Manager Robert Menagh was also turfed by the City of Cornwall with no cause and given a settlement valued at over $300K as well.
The irony that all had their legal bills covered by the city except the Whistleblower is also not lost on many. And of course council as a whole have stayed all but silent during this process with only councilor Leslie O’Shaughnessy offering a public apology after he resigned from the chaos of council.
Another Whistleblower that anonymously stepped forward had the letters they submitted held back from being delivered to council. It’s not even known if what council eventually received was the complete actual letter delivered twice to councilors LINK
In fact a document being debated at today’s council meeting pretty much spells out some of the ills of the Kilger council; but as Mr. O’Shaughnessy stated, how can you move forward on issues if you haven’t fixed passed indiscretions?
Review the background information and advice made available to us by the administration prior to rendering a decision.
Is that essentially not stating that this is exactly what this council has done under Mr. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Levac, the current CAO?
Refrain from making any commitments on behalf of the Council to individual citizens or groups.
So who was making deals on behalf of council?
We agree to respect the apolitical nature of the office of the CAO and to receive his/her advice as being in the perceived best interests of the community and/or organization.
We will respectfully listen to comments in response to questions posed at Council meetings and will ensure that the CAO is accorded a respectful audience.
We will not bypass the CAO in our search for information and will coordinate any questions/concerns relative to the jurisdiction of the administration through the office of the CAO.
We agree to respect the apolitical nature of our senior staff and will treat their advice and reports with respect. We will not knowingly or willfully interfere with their work and will coordinate concerns through the office of the CAO.
How or why would any of Mr. Kilger’s minions do that when the CAO serves at the whim of council and his contract? Does that make any sense? And of course this document offers no penalties or remedies if a councilor violates it which means it’s not really worth the paper it’s written on at the end of the day.
Imagine five years Diane Shay has endured because of the circus that this leadership team has run and cost taxpayers as some estimate, more than $3M in legal bills, settlements and costs which the city is hiding like the cost of the Judith Allen investigation.
And Kathleen Wynne has issues with Rob Ford?