Dear Editor: I challenge the NL West/Bay of Islands SPCA on comments made in a recent Roamin' 'Round column concerning the official receipting of donations received by the society prior to June 2011.
All official receipts for donations received under the previous executive had been distributed, invoices paid, deposits banked, bank statements reconciled and transactions documented up to the end of May 2011.
Official copies of these receipts, plus documents supporting all financial activity were turned over to the newly-elected board in June.
At that time, the former treasurer offered to assist the current treasurer transition into the new role.
She tells me she followed up her offer by trying to contact this person, but all attempts were ignored.
A lot of time, money and frustration could have been saved by one returned phone call.
The society also stated that for public accountability purposes, they are having an audit conducted on the former executive's financial activity for the three years prior to the takeover of the new board.
This action is quite puzzling since under the previous board, Grant Thornton had already audited the books for two of those years: 2008/09 and 2009/10, which was completed just a few days before the turnover.
Doing another audit on the same years seems redundant and expensive. Revenue Canada also carried out an audit for years 2005-07.
No major discrepancies were found.
Should NL West/Bay of Islands SPCA wish to discuss this matter with me, they know how to reach me. Unless you have a Facebook account, reaching them seems almost impossible.
Laura Strang, former treasurer, Bay of Islands, SPCA