Kelly Donovan accidentally became an advocate for victims of domestic violence in 2016 when she reported to her Police Services Board that there was favouritism when police investigate police for domestic violence offences. She was immediately disciplined by her Chief of Police for her disclosure to the Board and faced harsh retaliation. In 2017, she resigned and began a campaign to raise awareness and try to change Ontario laws. Kelly advocated at the Ontario Legislature and spoke publicly across Canada at conferences on Ethics. Her business Fit4Duty – The Ethical Standard worked at raising the importance of ethics in all areas of employment. In 2020, she published her book Police Line: Do Not Cross which is available for sale on Amazon.

Kelly now helps governments and corporations institute impartial and objective whistleblower programs, to ensure that The Ethical Standard is set high and maintained within their organizations.

For more information about whistleblower programs, please use this link:

Kelly is also passionate about home construction and renovation. Before becoming a police officer, when she was much younger, Kelly worked on home construction sites with her father. She learned all aspects of home construction and quality control. Later in life, Kelly decided someone needed to specifically teach women basic home improvement and renovation skills, with the necessary patience and education. Kelly knew that women were very capable, they just needed the right teacher. In her spare time, Kelly has continued to expand her knowledge and experience of all things home building and improving.

See below for a photo gallery and links to media and court decisions in Kelly’s matters against the Waterloo Regional Police Service and Bryan Larkin.

About Me

I have travelled many paths through life. From a young age, I helped my father build homes. Later on, I saw a need for women to develop skills doing their own home projects and I began coaching women. I have worked as a banker and police officer and now look to help organizations maintain a high Ethical Standard.

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Print media:

Radio Interviews:

CBC’s Craig Norris of The Morning Edition interviewed Kelly in July, 2017.

570 News’ (now CityNews) Brian Bourke interviewed Kelly in July, 2020.

Kelly called on for her opinion:

TV Interviews:

Legal Decisions:

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario:

Ontario Superior Court of Justice:

Ontario Court of Appeal:

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board have spent over $600,000.00 to defend allegations Kelly made at a 2016 Board meeting, and attempt to silence her.

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Conference Panelist:

The Conference Board of Canada – Corporate Ethics and Integrity Summit, Toronto, ON

The Canadian Institute – Ethics in Administrative Law Conference, Edmonton, AB

Association of Canadian Financial Officers – Ottawa, ON

Conference Sponsor:

The Conference Board of Canada – Better Workplace Conference, Toronto, ON

Institute of Public Administrators of Canada – Annual Conference, Charlottetown, PEI

Canadian Association for Police Governance – Annual Conference, Montreal QC

Keynote Speaker:

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Canadian Conference, Toronto, ON

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Women’s Summit, Washington, DC


YWCA Women of Distinction 2015

Kelly was the 2019 Ontario Civil Liberties Award recipient. Read more here.