Northwest Territories social worker fired for importing alcohol into dry area

Employee had 34 cans, bottles of beer sent via plane
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2019

A probationary employee working for the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority (YHSSA) was dismissed after it was discovered she had multiple units of beer, wine and liquor shipped into a liquor-prohibited community.

Luviminda Richardson was hired for the YHSSA on Jan. 4, 2016, for a two-year term as supervisor of social programs, based in the 300-person village of Lutsel K’e, N.W.T. Her new position was to provide social assistance to local community members with their addictions.

On May 31, Richardson was at the Air Tindi location in Yellowknife, and she requested a package be sent via air to the Lutsel K’e Health Centre, with the shipping costs charged under the YHSSA account.