I am pleased to present to you the April 2016 edition of Let’s Talk Express. We enjoyed all of the positive feedback we received from you about last month’s stories, including our International Women’s Day profile of some of the first female Correctional Officers in the Ontario Region, as well as the Kingston Penitentiary Legacy Video. We hope you enjoy these latest stories as well.
I am happy to share with you a summary of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s remarks at the Executive Strategic Leadership Symposium held in February. Minister Goodale shared his thoughts on the work we do here at CSC, as well as some of the challenges we face as an organization.
As well, we have two stories about offenders giving back. First, when Ponoka, Alberta resident Richard McKelvie found himself physically unable to renovate a local church, he recruited offenders from the nearby Pê Sâkâstêw Centre to help. It turned out to be a great success. And secondly, offenders at Bowden Institution are showing that acts of kindness have no borders. They are building crosses and sending them to churches in the developing world as part of their work with CORCAN.
We have also written a piece about the recent National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee meeting, which took place in Ottawa on March 10, as well as the second article in a series we are doing on EXCOM sub-committees and how they affect your work. The latest one is about the Mental Health committee and how it is improving mental health care for offenders.
Our final stories include two “In Your Own Words” pieces written by students Jack Seymour and Jami Therrien about their experiences here at CSC, as well as the Pacific Region’s first ever 5km Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Run/Walk, organized by Correctional Officer Brenda Brennan.
We hope you enjoy this edition. Please send us your story ideas using the icon below and/or leave a comment under any of the articles that resonate with you. As always, thank you for reading.