May has been another busy month; a month during which we had the opportunity to mark some important dates, as well as participate in various initiatives that highlight the good work happening at sites across the country.
The National Advisory Committee on Ethics took place on May 1, where we had a good discussion about creating a positive work environment at CSC. I would like to reinforce that contributing to workplaces that are healthy, respectful, and free of harassment, bullying and intimidation is everyone’s responsibility.
The Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy (IFC) held its annual general meeting in Ottawa on May 7-8. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the IFC, and the Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Operations and Programs and I had the pleasure of attending. The IFC provides advice to CSC on religious practices and accommodation for offenders in our institutions.
The Fourth Annual Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fairs took place on May 16 in 16 locations across the country. The theme this year was user experience, often written as UX, to allow us to better understand an end-user’s motivation in adopting a service or a product – where the end-users are both public servants and Canadians.
Peter Linkletter, Special Advisor to the Commissioner, is a member of the Federal Opioid Response Team (ORT). Peter facilitated a FEDTalk and an Innovative Methods Workshop on Canada's opioid crisis at the Fair in Ottawa. We can all address this crisis by knowing the signs of an opioid overdose, learning how to help save a life, and understanding the Good Samaritan Law. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the timely, life-saving responses of CSC staff who have intervened in situations involving drug overdoses.
I had the pleasure of co-chairing the bi-annual Heads of Corrections meeting from May 22-25 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. It was an opportunity to meet with the Provincial and Territorial partners to share leadership practices and innovative ideas. The meeting focused on creating awareness around the realities of northern community corrections and the reintegration process, which are often misunderstood. It also further reinforced the importance of inter-jurisdictional collaboration to continue to effectively address the needs of Inuit offenders in a northern setting.
National AccessAbility Week 2018 also took place from May 27 to June 2 and was a great opportunity for the federal public service to celebrate the contributions of its employees with disabilities and to promote accessible and inclusive workplaces across government. An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.
As well, this month was Canadian Jewish Heritage Month and Asian Heritage Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Jewish Canadians and Canadians of Asian heritage have made to the growth and prosperity of our country.
Thank you to all staff, both in the institutions and the community, for your commitment and dedication to good corrections.
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
Autograph your work with excellence.”