Below is another report from Kitchener's The Record...thanks, Brian Caldwell, for continuing to report!
The extent of the Hayhow's expenditures, as outlined in the article, reminded me of something we families found out from the Trustee in Bankruptcy shortly after Imagine's bankruptcy, about how Sue Hayhow's extravagant lifestyle carried over into her work as the head of Imagine Adoption: That when she travelled to Ethiopia to work with staff there and to spend time in orphanages, etc, she purchased first class/business class airfare at agency expense, and stayed at the most expensive, five-star hotel in Addis (in fact, my recollection is that she rented, often for weeks at a time, one of the private, three-floor villas on the hotel compound, complete with private swimming pool, gym, and butler service). We visited that hotel for an hour or so when we were there, to exchange money and observe the hotel in all of its reputed splendour (it is an amazingly luxurious hotel and spectacular), but we were sickened when we saw that surrounding the hotel's compound was a massive wall; totally impoverished families made their homes using the exterior of that hotel wall as a wall of their home, to which they somehow attached pieces of plastic and canvas to provide shelter. The juxtaposition of such squalor beside such grandeur was difficult to see. Walking through the hotel gates was like walking from a barren dessert into an oasis of gold. And this is where Sue Hayhow stayed when she traveled, at a cost of many thousands of dollars (compared to $40-60/night where the five of us stayed, including breakfast). While she was being filmed caring for the poorest in the world, while she was being interviewed by television programs about Imagine's work there with the poorest of the poor, while children in the adoption agency's transition home were being fed one Mr. Noodle packet/day, she was provided for in the grandest of style and luxury in a walled compound. And although the cost of these accommodations (often for weeks at a time while she was in Ethiopia) was likely a legit business expense, the utter inappropriateness of it speaks to the character of the husband-wife team currently on trial.
Anyway, the information that came out at trial today actually makes me feel physically ill. Imagine Adoption took in millions of dollars from families waiting to adopt and in just 2.5 years, this is how some of it was spent. I have few more words on the subject tonight.
Here's the link to today's article: Credit Card Charges at Imagine Adoption totalled $850,000
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