A plaque with photo of Doris and text that says The Doris Fortin Programs Wing

Doris Fortin’s legacy of innovative women offenders programs

When Doris Fortin started as a correctional officer in 1984, women offenders had the same correctional programs as the men.
Van with side door open showing wheelchair lift

CSC steering in the right direction with accessible van

Patrick (Pat) Avery opens the door of the new Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Ford Transit van with his cell phone. This small action makes doing his job as parole officer supervisor easier
Kwame Osei, CSC educator, working with a student.

The unconventional approach for the unconventional learner

A healthy lifestyle is essential for everyone. Not surprisingly, a CSC fitness program that promotes a healthy lifestyle is helping incarcerated individuals improve not only their physical health, but their mental and social well-being.
Planter full of pink, yellow and white flowers.

Planting seeds of change

Over the past three years, Edmonton Institution for Women’s (EIFW) gardening project has blossomed. What started as a small patch of vegetables has grown to over a dozen raised boxes, a medium sized plot, a few greenhouses, and composting stations—thanks to a group of offenders with green thumbs.
Poster with words, "Community Engagement with Ephesus Project" written on it.

The Ephesus Project: Volunteers delivering post-secondary education in Correctional Service Canada institutions

The Ephesus Project is a volunteer initiative that funds, organizes, and delivers post-secondary courses to incarcerated learners within the Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) institutions. The project, named for the great library in the ancient city of Ephesus, a centre of culture and learning in the Roman Empire, seeks to bring wisdom and culture to the incarcerated.
Photo of woman’s face

Recognizing Carole Eldridge and her unique approach to restorative justice

For 14 years, Carole Eldridge has worked with the Restorative Opportunities (RO) program at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), providing her clients with compassionate care as a restorative justice practitioner and mediator in cases of serious crime. She has walked the path with both victims and offenders on their journey towards dialogue and meaningful accountability. We recently sat down with Carole following her retirement to discuss the RO program and her exceptional work.
The unfinished Sedna he was carving that he donated to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada in honour of women as part of his healing journey.

Offender gifts Sedna carving to Inuit women’s organization

Sedna is goddess of the sea and an important powerful woman figure in Inuit culture. That is why an Inuk offender chose to carve Sedna and anonymously donate her to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.
Educating students on the "Inside" and the "Outside" together

Stony Mountain Institution: Co-Operative Learning Leads to Sense of Community

On January 20, 2022, Tam Le, a minimum security offender at Stony Mountain Institution, participated in a virtual Walls to Bridges symposium. Tam was not just an observer of the Zoom symposium, though. He was one of the presenters who discussed a study he had coauthored with university professor Dr. Judith Harris.
Group of raised hands

The value of volunteers within the Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has over 4,000 volunteers who work directly with offenders to support their rehabilitation and reintegration. Volunteering with CSC has deep historical roots going back to the late 1800s. Volunteers in correctional settings can offer an emotional and humanistic interaction that complement interactions with staff. They connect offenders to the outside world and model pro-social behaviour.
Photo of Maxime-Kalifa Sanou.

“A worthwhile sacrifice”: Maxime-Kalifa Sanou tells his story

As we celebrate Black History Month, Let’s Talk Express wanted to check in with Maxime-Kalifa Sanou, four years after the story on his athletic achievements and his exemplary discipline was published.
Heather stands in front of a mural painted by an Inuit artist and former resident of Parrtown Community Correctional Centre.

Heather Finn: Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award 2020–2021 Recipient

If Heather Finn would have only one tip to give staff working with ethnocultural offenders, it would be to listen.
Boyd Kelly, Indigenous Community Liaison Officer and Danny Pottle, Cultural Support Worker, making their first bike donation to the First Light Native Friendship Center.

St. John’s Indigenous Bike Program: collaboration, rehabilitation and giving back to the community

The Atlantic Region Indigenous Initiatives team, CORCAN, the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) and community partners have come together to develop a bike repair and restoration program that will help support and uplift marginalized individuals in St. John’s, Newfoundland (NL).