UPDATED: Boys And Girls Club Of Saint John Fires Employee Following 'Recent Allegations'

Posted on Sunday, March 4, 2018 06:36 AM

An employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Saint John has been fired after recent allegations were made against them.

In a letter sent to parents and guardians — and obtained by our newsroom — the organization says the allegations were made off club premises.

It says the employee was suspended immediately, and both Saint John police and New Brunswick Social Development and Child Protection were contacted.

Program director Amanda Downey says in an email to our newsroom that the employee has been sent a termination letter "in light of new information."

"Because this is now an open police investigation, we are unable to speak further on the matter at this time," says Downey.

Downey says they are cooperating with the Saint John Police Force as they conduct their investigation and are offering support to the child and the family.

"At the Boys and Girls Club, our primary goal is to provide a safe and responsible environment for all our members," she says.

"The Boys and Girls Club of Saint John has been providing quality programs and services to over 400 children and youth a day for over 100 years. We are proud of our record of service and want to reassure families in our community that the safety of the children and youth who attend our Club is of paramount importance to us."

The letter to parents says employees go through an in-depth screening process upon hiring and again every five years, which includes a criminal record and vulnerable sector check, as well as a Social Development Verification background check.