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.
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.
- May, 2016 – The Waterloo Region Record
- May, 2016 – The Cambridge Times
- July, 2017 – The Waterloo Region Record
- July, 2017 – CBC
- July, 2017 – The Cambridge Times
- September, 2017 – The Cambridge Times
- March, 2019 – Ottawa Life Magazine (Op-Ed)
- October, 2019 – CityNews
- September, 2020 – The Community Edition
- March 10, 2023 – Fraud Conference News – ACFE
570 News’ (now CityNews) Brian Bourke interviewed Kelly in July, 2020.
Kelly called on for her opinion:
- February, 2020 – The London Free Press
- July, 2020 – The Regina Leader-Post
- July, 2017 – CTV Kitchener
- September, 2017 – CTV Kitchener
- January, 2018 – CTV Kitchener
- March, 2020 – The Whistleblower Show
- February, 2021 – CBC Fifth Estate
- February, 2021 – CBC Fifth Estate Follow-up
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario:
- 2017 – Donovan vs. WRPBS
- 2019 – WRPSB vs. Donovan/Donovan vs. WRPSB
- 2019 – WRPSB vs. Donovan
- 2022 – WRPSB vs. Donovan
Ontario Superior Court of Justice:
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Police Services Board, 2019 ONSC 818 (Anti-SLAPP)
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, 2019 ONSC 1212
- Donovan vs. WRPSB and Larkin, 2021 ONSC 2885
Ontario Court of Appeal:
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, 2019 ONCA 845
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Regional Police Services Board, 2019 ONCA 994
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Police Services Board and Larkin, 2022 ONCA 199
- Donovan vs. Waterloo Police Services Board and Larkin, 2022 ONCA 261
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
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
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
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.