Huddleston supporters set up defence fund

Press release from supporters of Gerry Huddleston

Supporters of Gerry Huddleston have established a legal defence fund to assist the former executive director of the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation in fighting charges of theft and fraud.

Foundation donors, friends, and former colleagues were shocked at the news that charges had been laid against the veteran fundraiser at the beginning of December. Huddleston had served as executive director of the foundation since 2005, previously serving as director of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation for a decade. He is a former Smiths Falls town councillor, and worked in the early 1990s as an executive assistant for two federal cabinet ministers.

Although none of the charges has been proven in court, Huddleston was terminated without compensation and forced to live with relatives in Kingston for over two months. He has consistently maintained his innocence.

Huddleston’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 23, 2015. Lawyer Craig Rogers recently informed local media that his client is not guilty, and that this will be made clear in court. “Pillars of the community are going to be called as witnesses to corroborate his innocence,” said Rogers.

Witnesses who have agreed to testify on Huddleston’s behalf include some of the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation’s most generous donors.

An account has been set up in trust to assist with the expenses of Huddleston’s legal defence. Donations will only be used for legal expenses. Money orders should be made out to “Craig T. Rogers in Trust” and may be mailed or delivered to 205 Bridge Street, Carleton Place, K7C 2V7. Any donation should include a memo specifying that it is intended for the Huddleston Defence Fund.