UNBC denies claims of whistleblower who alleges wrongful dismissal

December 9, 2020
The University of Northern British Columbia has filed a response to the claims of former University Secretary (Governance) Heather Sanford, denying Sanford’s accusations of improper conduct by UNBC’s upper management. Sanford’s allegations included the unauthorized use of Sanford’s office’s letterhead, salary raises without board review, severance packages signed without board approval, and a failure to follow proper procedures regarding special meetings. Sanford says her position was eliminated shortly after she had “blown the whistle” on various matters. The Prince George Citizen reports that UNBC has argued that Sanford was not terminated, but that her position was eliminated to help with a $3.5M budget shortfall. Prince George Citizen | The Star (Original Claim) (BC)