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CFN – It’s a paradox that the very facilities designed to care for our aging loved ones can sometimes put them at risk. And if the public is forced to conclude there will always be some employees who will behave amorally and/or managers who act incompetently, then we must also conclude that “protectors” like nurse Diane Shay are even more important.
But where does one turn when protectors need protection?
In fact one of these managers, chief administrative officer Paul Fitzpatrick, was himself the person in charge of the whistle blower policy for the City. This means he was responsible for more than one thousand employees across all departments. But more on that, further down.
Time to go to court: 2011
About two years after the incident at Glen-Stor-Dun, The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care charged the City of Cornwall, as well as human resources manager, Robert Menagh, with illegal retaliation against Diane Shay.
A five-day trial date was set for May 2011.
Problem: At the eleventh hour, the Lodge’s manager Donna Derouchie failed to appear in court.
Interesting fact: At the next trial date, in October 2011, the City changed its strategy and decided to enter a guilty plea. As a result, the City was convicted, based on facts, and fined by the Ontario Court of Justice.
Among the exhibits presented that day in court, one clearly demonstrated the illegal retaliation committed against Ms. Shay by her supervisor, Mr. Menagh, whose original letter to Shay, (shortly after she reported the abuse) accused her of being:
Erroneously informed about the law;
Blinded by her zeal;
Disloyal to the City,
Guilty of insubordination, as well as
Wrong for having called into question, manager Donna Derouchie’s “professional judgment.”
Time to file the formal whistle blower complaint: 2012
After the City was charged, Shay says she was concerned that Mr. Fitzpatrick – who was still in charge of the Whistle Blower policy – was not providing testimony that Shay herself would have given under oath to City Council. So due to the misleading information that Fitzpatrick gave, primarily to newspaper The Standard Freeholder, Ms. Shay had no choice but to file a formal complaint.
Link to full Statement by Leslie O’Shaughnessy.
But to characterize the specifics of her complaint, Shay explained the necessity of going back to the issue of the illegal retaliation by her harassers and their lawyer who worked for law firm, Hicks Morely.
In Shay’s complaint, Harassers No. 1 and No. 2 (Donna Derouchie and Paul Fitzpatrick) go together in a unique way.
Again, Derouchie was the top manager at the Lodge.
Fitzpatrick was the chief administrative officer for the City of Cornwall.
That means Fitzpatrick was Derouchie’s boss.
Shay felt and opined that she had reasonable grounds to believe there was a personal relationship between Ms. Derouchie and Mr. Fitzpatrick .
So boiled down, there were conflicts. These included that the lawyer assigned to defend the City did not inform City Council about:
Lawful whistle blower protection, or
The possible conflict associated with a Derouchie-Fitzpatrick relationship.
In any case, with the filing of these complaints by Shay, the City then hired a private investigator, a lawyer by the name of Judith Allen. Her report allegedly had the effect of discrediting Shay by formally reporting that the issues of resident abuse and retaliation were “unsubstantiated.” However, Shay says that Judith Allen was not given sufficient power (by Fitzpatrick and then acting CAO Stephen Alexander) to fully explore evidence that could have led to more factual conclusions. Nor were any of the interviews under oath.
The result is that Judith Allen’s “unsubstantiated” statement has been widely reported in Cornwall print news. This has confused people in the community.
Below is a final summary of facts.
Diane Shay got sacked in 2009 but was reinstated a few months after.
Shay is on long term disability as a result of the abuse she has suffered.
She is expected to pay her own legal fees but has had some help from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
Former chief administrative officer Paul Fitzpatrick’s legal fees were for paid for by the City. He retired with a financial package.
Former human resources manager Robert Menagh was terminated without cause and with a financial package.
Manager Donna Derouchie left the Lodge with a financial package.
Diane Shay hasn’t completed her journey yet. She has asked the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care to review the Judith Allen report and will seek legal advice once the review is complete.
Most importantly, Shay says her goal is to press on and find ways to help nurses rise above “fear of reprisal” for speaking up when it’s legally and morally the right thing to do.
Editor’s Note; The author of this story asked that they not have a named byline, and be listed as Anonymous out of fear of retaliation by city officials and their tentacles. The irony of this part is that the PSW found to have abused a patient at GSDL is still working with the elderly while Ms Shay is not and those connected with her story( Fitzpatrick, Derouchie, & Menagh have left the active employ of the City of Cornwall.
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This whole thing stinks to high heaven of conflict of interest and corruption to the hilt. I would rather die than to go into one of those old age homes. I would prefer to do like the old Indians in the cowboy movies and go somewhere in the wilderness and let it end. That kind of treatment is the worse kind and I hope that Fitzy and Derouchie and anyone else behind this fiasco gets what is coming to them. This is mighty sickening and Mrs. Shay I am so sorry that you have endured such treatment by such low life pieces of garbage that is the scum of the bottom of the garbage can.
Why not call in the feds? why has this in any light not hit national attention? With everything that’s been written yet Kilger sits perched high and still being the dick-tater. The biggest question is why they have not yet been arrested and formally charged by Police? What will it take to have the Police involved?
I am sorry Jamie but keeping things at this profile may have opened people eyes but we are starting to believe nothing will come of it. If you got more info, time you start talking again. The person who did this abuse should be publicized, once that comes out, others will fall because if this person has a conscience, it will crack.
cwlaughter when you start posting your name and others do then more time and resources can be put into certain levels. I do the best I can with the limited support and resource I get and frankly there are some people that could be doing a lot more to help and nothing stops them from running with the ball once I put it on the field.
Imagine how little would be known to the public if not for CFN? Remember that as the city and their tentacles are working feverishly to get us shut down.
Thank you, Jamie. This disgusting abuse, bullying, harassment would never have been made known to the public but for your venue CFN. For the author of this article to remain anonymous makes perfect sense in view of all the nonsense that has happened to date. Could we just for a minute think of how many others are out there willing to tell the truth but for the fear of retaliation. That’s the power this group has and it is scary. My main question right now is “where are the Counties in all of this and why haven’t they been more vocal on this incident?” If they are supposed to pay a portion of all costs related to the Lodge, why were they so whisper-quiet on the release of Ms. Derouchie? Could it be that our CAO made the decision for the City to foot the entire bill without billing them? If so, that is absolutely another breach of conduct and abuse of power. Could it be that the CAO wanted to totally control Ms. Derouchie’s settlement? If all other settlements are signed by the CAO why would Derouchie’s be signed by the Mayor. Definitely worth investigating. It is un-frigging-believable that all of this has happened to such dedicated employees-Ms Shay and Mr. Hickley. Let’s somehow show we care, Cornwall, because they are there for us, the taxpayers, our elderly, our safety. Tomorrow is Mr. Hickley’s court case. Be there if you can.
I truly believe that cops from the outside have to come in and investigate this matter. Cornwall’s Barney Fife PD is completely unfit to do so and we saw all the fiasco what happened with former Officer Dunlop. Officer Dunlop’s life was destroyed by his peers and by the people of Cornwall aka Fossoli. My heart and good wishes to Perry and his family.
We cannot have this kind of fiasco go on any more and something has to be done and PRONTO. Bare Ass has to be kicked out literally and thrown out of town if possible. Bare Ass is a huge disgrace.
People who know things and have evidence should come forward and not be afraid. Fossoli is not the end of the line believe me I proved that one to be true.
Jules do you mean like the photo of Bob & Courtney dining with Paul & Donna in Ottawa?
No Jamie any investigators of any kind has to come from far away from Ottawa or Cornwall. Ottawa is like a big sized Cornwall and Bare Ass has too many connections here. Bare Ass is a complete nobody and it is his affiliation with the corrupt clique that got him where he is. He is just an uneducated bum in my words but much worse and I cannot use those words here but you can use your good mind for what I mean. It is like a mob if not that that Bare Ass is affiliated with and that is what is running Cornwall and other places.