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Wakefield Centre fires GM three days before Christmas

Board members of the Wakefield community centre said they had “no choice” but to fire general manager Carolyn Nolan three days before Christmas after they claim she shared confidential emails she was accidentally included on that discussed the plan to fire her in the new year.

According to Centre Wakefield La Pêche board member Peter Gillies, the board was unaware that Nolan was cc’d on group emails that contained lead-up discussions and, ultimately, the decision to fire her for “not meeting her requirements of the job.”

Gillies told the Low Down that the initial plan was to dismiss Nolan in the new year, but after learning that she had access to these “confidential” emails and that she had sent them to people outside the organization, the board moved to remove her immediately for “breach of confidentiality.”

“On Dec. 21, we discovered that she had access to some board emails, which were confidential and clearly marked confidential, and she had made public at least one of those emails,” said Gillies, admitting that he was the board member who originally sent the group email. He called it a “technical mistake” to include Nolan on discussion emails to fire her.

“On Dec. 20, she had disclosed to at least two members of the public some information that was clearly private, and she knew was clearly private. We had an emergency call the next night and decided this was super egregious behaviour. We moved to termination immediately because of the risk of further contaminating the situation. The risk was high, and it was our responsibility to remove her from the position as quickly as possible, so we had no other choice, really,” added Gillies.