Linda Gambee has been chair of the Christmas Cheer campaign for six years.
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Linda Gambee is resigning as the chair of the Christmas Cheer campaign after six years at the helm.
After she was ousted from the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition board of directors Wednesday night and the ensuing controversy around her exit, Gambee said Friday it was a hard, but necessary decision.
"It's an organization I believe in fully," she said, adding the Christmas Cheer chair has to work closely with the CLE staff and board members.
"During the past year we did have a few turbulences along the way as my being chair already," she said.
Gambee believes remaining as chair would only do more harm to the organization than good.
"In good conscience, the only thing I can do is step down. There are some amazing people on Christmas Cheer. There's a lot of people who can step forward and do an absolutely wonderful job. It's a well-oiled machine," she said.
Gambee said she was voted off the board because she alleged board members had been drinking and driving while leaving the CLE grounds after regular board meetings.
A release issued late Thursday afternoon by the CLE board indicates Gambee was removed because she threatened a lawsuit, which is considered a conflict of interest. According to the board, Gambee threatened to sue various board members numerous times.
However, Gambee said those claims are false.
"I haven't made a decision. The legal opportunity is there for me to take. I'm looking at different options. I have never said I would sue anyone at this point," she said.
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