Canadian Progress Club takes action to protect charitable funds

    HALIFAX, April 9 /CNW/ - The Canadian Progress Club today confirmed that
in February 2009 it dismissed its National Business Manager for failing to
disclose a criminal record prior to her hiring.
    Following the decision to remove Bev Lumsden from the position, an
internal review of operations identified serious financial irregularities with
the National Office of the Canadian Progress Club. All relevant information
was subsequently turned over the RCMP for further investigation.
    "As soon as these financial concerns came to light through our review,
the Canadian Progress Club took immediate action to secure our charitable
funds and pass along any and all relevant information to the RCMP," said
Sharon Ward, National President, Canadian Progress Club. "An internal audit is
now underway and our national executive has also struck a task force to
determine what we can do in the future to prevent problems like this from
happening again."
    Financial discrepancies were identified in two of the Canadian Progress
Club's national operational funds. There is no evidence that the financial
operations of any of the 36 local clubs across the country were affected.

    The Canadian Progress Club is a volunteer-based non-profit service club
dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians. It was founded in Toronto in
1922 and has 36 clubs across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: For background on the Canadian Progress Club,
please contact: Sharon Ward, National President, Canadian Progress Club, (902)
494-0999 ext. 27,; CJ MacMullin, Canadian Progress
Club, direct line: (902) 429-5536,; Rob Sams,
Canadian Progress Club, cell: (506) 875-6187,

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