Fit4Duty Founder & President, Kelly Donovan, had been a police officer for 5 years when she witnessed corruption 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.
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, (provincial and federal). 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, and Hon. Marie-France Lalonde's Senior Policy Advisor.
Repeated requests to meet with Hon. Yasir Naqvi have gone unanswered.
Daiene Vernile, Liberal MPP 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.
Kelly's first book about internal corruption within Canadian police services was published in October, 2017, and is available for purchase using the link below.
She is working on her second book which will detail the mental toll of staying true to one's morals in a corrupt atmosphere.
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).