From the News Release:

Chatham-Kent, October 2, 2023 – United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWOCK) is launching a civil action against a former employee regarding an alleged misappropriation of funds.

The Board and Executive Team takes this matter very seriously and wants to ensure transparency with our many supporters about these allegations. A civil claim is underway. It follows a period of due diligence and thorough investigation of the matter, guided by a reputable audit firm. The organization has already strengthened security protocols to prevent the opportunity for any future incidents.

The employee named in the civil action is no longer with the organization. UWOCK cannot comment on the identity or specifics of the case while Chatham-Kent Police Service conducts its investigation.

UWOCK is troubled by the alleged misconduct of the former employee named in its civil action. We thank our former CEO, Barb Palace, for her support in identifying the concern and assisting with the internal investigation, which resulted in the case being brought to the attention of local police. We thank our supporters for their continued and unwavering commitment to our mission. The communities of Chatham-Kent continue to experience pressing needs, and the United Way continues to be committed to supporting the charitable sector and the important work of numerous funding recipients in our region.

“We deeply appreciate the trust and support of our donors during this time and want to assure them that we are working tirelessly to resolve this situation,” said Maureen Geddes, CEO at UWOCK. “Our Board of Directors, made up of dedicated volunteers from our community, and our talented employees remain committed to the important work the United Way has provided to our community for many years, and into the future.”

For more information, please contact Maureen Geddes, Interim CEO. [email protected]