Admiral Mark Norman Legal Defence

$442,800 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 3,546 people in 16 months
Created January 22, 2018
Admiral Norman is in the fight of his life; accused of serious wrongdoing by the Government of Canada. Help him in this unequal fight for his reputation and honour. Help him have the means to mount a legal defence against his accusers.

I was a colleague of VAdm Norman in the Canadian Forces.  We served together in National Defence Headquarters; he as the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, and me as the Director of Strategic Readiness with the Strategic Joint Staff.  

Funds raised will be withdrawn directly by VAdm Norman and his legal team to an account established by him.
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A message to all supporters of VAdm Norman:

Dear GOFUNDME supporters,

As I said earlier this week in my public statement, “I want to speak directly to the thousands of Canadians who stood by me, who supported me and my family, both spiritually and financially: We would simply never have made it here without your generosity and help. Thank You”

It is my honour to have you all on Team Norman

Yours Aye,

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Good Day Everyone,
I had promised an update on our intentions for the GoFundMe Account for VAdm Norman. Following a conversation with him yesterday, and in consultation with GoFundMe itself, I wanted to give you all a status update. First for all, if you have watched his news conference on Wednesday, or any subsequent comments by him, VAdm Norman is very grateful for the support of everyone who has stood by him at this difficult time. He thanks you all, sincerely. Regarding the GoFundMe account. For now, the fund will remain open for donations, though we have ceased all withdrawals from the fund. We have taken this decision for the following reasons:
A. While the Government of Canada has committed to reimbursing VAdm Norman for his legal expenses, we have, as yet, absolutely no details on what expenses will be reimbursed, whether any expenses will be contested etc. What we have right now, is only a statement from the Minister of National Defence in Parliament, but there are many details to be worked out and clarified. Therefore, we are taking a cautious approach to the fund and will keep it open for now.

B. Furthermore, it is worth remembering that the charges against VAdm Norman have been stayed, not withdrawn or dropped. Therefore, while we do not think it likely that these charges will come back to court, there is some possibility of legal support still being needed as we go forward. As well, VAdm Norman does not yet have any clarity on any details of him going back to work, and therefore, there are quite a few unknowns that he must be prepared for that may require legal support.
Therefore, at this time, we are taking prudent, measured decisions with respect to the GoFundMe account. As we gain clarity, I will continue to provide updates to all donors. Finally, I want to assure all donors that all funds have only been used for legal purposes, and it is our commitment to you that this will remain so. We have received some queries about potential options for the funds if they are not needed for legal purposes. At this stage, no decisions have been made. I will keep you all up to date when we get to that point. Once again, thanks to all our supporters. We prevailed in this legal fight, thanks to you.
Lee Hammond
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Hello Everyone! Victory! Today, we learned that the Crown has dropped the charges against VAdm Norman! This is a total vindication of our efforts, and was only possible thanks to the generosity and faith of over 3670 Canadians. We raised, as of today, over $405,000! I will be making some further updates regarding the fund once I have talked to VAdm Norman. Thanks everyone for your support!
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Well folks this article says it all. Our generous donors have kept VAdm Norman’s head above water so far, but it is a desperate fight for resources in a battle he should have never had to fight. If this does not look like the fix is in, I don’t know what does! See today’s National Post article.
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$442,800 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 3,546 people in 16 months
Created January 22, 2018
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