Apology to Complainants

Dear Members,

The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club Board of Directors unreservedly apologizes to the individuals who submitted sexual harassment complaints against Andy McInnis in September 2018. We should have informed the Complainants immediately that Mr. McInnis had been placed on administrative paid leave and ordered to refrain from all contact with Club members. We also regret the extreme length of time it took to conduct the investigation and our failure to provide the Complainants with regular updates on the progress in the investigation. Our intention was never to mishandle or diminish the seriousness of the complaints, but we recognize that the manner in which we conducted the investigation and communicated with the Complainants created this impression and eroded your trust in the probity of the Club’s investigatory process and the intentions of the Board. For this we unreservedly apologize.

Sincerely,

Ottawa Lions Board of Directors