I am pleased to present the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) latest Blueprint 2020 submission. We are proud to feature stories that show how our employees are contributing to a public service that enables new and existing public servants to be in the right place at the right time doing the right things; a public service with efficient and effective processes and tools, practices, and organizational structures; and a public service that embodies a healthy workplace. We have posted our results via Let’s Talk Express, CSC’s e-magazine geared toward highlighting and celebrating our employees’ successes at work and in the community. We’ll be sharing more stories throughout the year.
I have said it many times before and I will say it again: CSC is all about people. It’s about people helping others become better people. It’s about people who sacrifice time with their families and friends to keep offenders and communities safe. It’s about people who share an indescribable bond only those who work in this field can understand. And it’s about people who come to work every day despite how difficult and trying, both physically and mentally, it can be. Our employees not only contribute to public safety for all Canadians, but they also represent the best our public service has to offer. We are happy to feature some of their contributions.
Who are they? They are Kat Ferguson, a parole officer in Ottawa who shares his story about being a transgender employee on the frontlines of corrections at CSC. They are Erin Rose and Lee McNaughton, school teachers at Collins Bay Institution who have dedicated their careers to educating offenders, some of whom are just learning to read and write. They are Dale Mosquito, who helps female inmates at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge take responsibility for their criminal behaviour and heal through the horse program, an internationally-recognized program delivered right here at CSC. And they are Dave St. Onge, CSC’s national historian and the man who worked tirelessly with a team of volunteers this past spring and summer to welcome over 70,000 visitors to Canada’s Penitentiary Museum. Each person has a story to tell and each story demonstrates how we are contributing to a healthy, productive, and effective public service. Enjoy.