Fit4Duty Founder & President, Kelly Donovan, had been a police officer for 5 years when she witnessed abuses of power within her police service when conducting internal investigations. In May, 2016, Kelly addressed her Police Services Board since they are the oversight body responsible for the effective management of the police service.
The issues Kelly addressed were not objectively or impartially investigated and she became the subject of the very corrupt internal investigation process she had originally addressed.
Over the next 14 months, Kelly contacted every government agency responsible for police oversight to draw attention to the reprisal she was now facing and no agency was willing to intervene. Kelly resigned from policing, after facing a protracted and corrupt discipline proceeding that would have lasting effects on her career. She released a report to the media detailing the corruption in policing, and later published her first book.
Kelly's passion to do what's right resulted in the creation of Fit4Duty - The Ethical Standard. Kelly's goal is to provide Canadian workplaces a safe reporting mechanism to detect workplace misconduct early, protect those making disclosures and ensure independence during the investigation process.
In 2020, Kelly released her latest book about her life as a police whistleblower.
From the time she first considered a career in policing, to having to address a panel of judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal as a self-represented litigant, Kelly explains why police officers choose to stay quiet.
The Board spent $44,250 to defend allegations made by Kelly prior to her resigning.
AFTER Kelly resigned from the police service, the Board has spent $295,787.75, up until Dec. 31, 2019, on the lawyer to try to silence her, after the fact.
Kelly is using her experience in policing as an example for legislators of why we need to change our laws to protect those who report wrongdoing.
Kelly sent her report to 201 individual politicians in Ontario, (all provincial and federal serving politicians in July, 2017). Not one of those politicians proactively contacted Kelly to meet with her regarding the issues.
Kelly has met with Laurie Scott, PC MPP, Michael Harris, PC MPP, Hon. Marie-France Lalonde's Senior Policy Advisor, and Will Bouma, PC MPP.
Repeated requests to meet with Hon. Yasir Naqvi (previous Attorney General) have gone unanswered.
Daiene Vernile, Liberal MPP refused to meet with Kelly. Douglas Downey (current Attorney General) refused to meet with Kelly.
Kelly has made presentations to the following police services boards:
London Police Service Board denied Kelly the opportunity to address them.
Kelly addressed the Standing Committee on Justice Policy about Bill 175, (to replace the Police Services Act), on February 22nd and again on March 1st. Those videos are on the Fit4Duty YouTube page, and are at the bottom of this page.
There are several police officers around the world who have stood up to internal corruption. Their stories combine to show a very disturbing state of affairs in the policing profession. The world needs more Fit4Duty Officers
Kelly has spoken to audiences about ethics, integrity, and whistleblowing at the following conferences:
Kelly can be booked for speaking engagements across Canada, and beyond.
February 22, 2018, addressing the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 175 (Safer Ontario Act).
March 1, 2018, addressing the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 175 (Safer Ontario Act).