Justice With Dignity - Committee to Remember Kimberly Rogers


Kimberly Rogers Inquest Alerts

KIMBERLY ROGERS INQUEST Report: 2nd week
October 21 - 23, 2002


 

October 21 - 22:

Kimberly Rogers’ family physician discussed the medication that he had prescribed. He increased the dosage because of her migraines and anxiety, and he says he stressed that taking over her prescribed amount would be toxic. As the media reported, his opinion is that her overdose was intentional.

Dr. Clendenning stated that although Kimberly Rogers was very stressed, she was also proud about moving her life forward by doing so well in college and adjusting her life around her pregnancy.

In response to questions from OSSN/SCSA counsel Cindy Wilkey, Dr. Clendenning stated that the lifetime welfare ban is cruel and unusual punishment; it would be like a death sentence if no provisions are made to meet medical needs. He also expressed disapproval of the amount that Kimberly Rogers had to live on, saying people have to eat.


October 23:

Testimony was given by the Financial Aid officer for Cambrian College, who dealt with Kimberly Rogers OSAP loan applications. When her receipt of both OSAP and welfare came to light in November, 1999, Ms. Rogers wrote a letter to OSAP: excerpts of her letter:

“I realize that I have made a huge mistake and do not want to be arrested or
charged with fraud. I have no criminal record. . . . . I hope you will
take this letter into consideration and accept my sincere apologies and
please let me finish my schooling.. . I am truly sorry and the only way I
can redeem myself is to finish school and get a good job so I can repay my
mistakes.”

The financial aid officer told Ms. Rogers that she was ineligible for any more OSAP to complete her social work program from January to May, 2000. She was also cut off welfare as of November, 1999. He wanted to help her to complete her schooling, so he arranged for two bursaries totalling $1,200 to be given to her. He wrote a very complimentary letter about how well she was doing in school and her need for financial help to complete her program.

The manager of a group home/respite service where Kimberly Rogers did her social work field placement gave evidence about how well she did in her placement; that she was very dedicated, worked extra hours, communicated extremely well with the youth in the program; that she would have been a dynamite social worker. She also said Kim was “beyond broke,” that sometimes the only food she had was what she got at the group home, and frequently had no bus fare. (This was during the period when Ms. Rogers had neither OSAP nor welfare).

 

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