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Theo Fleury brings a message of trauma and healing

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On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Stony Mountain Institution (SMI) was honoured to host former NHL player Theoren (Theo) Fleury, who attended the institution to share his story of trauma and healing with offenders and staff.

How offenders benefit from CORCAN apprenticeships

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One of the main goals of CORCAN, a special operating agency within the Correctional Service of Canada, is to help offenders develop marketable skills that can help them find employment and successfully re-integrate into society.

CSC's Maxime-Kalifa Sanou an exceptional athlete

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Maxime-Kalifa Sanou is all about sports and shows exemplary discipline. A former coach of the Rouge et Or at the Université Laval, an excellent basketball player and an accomplished boxer, Maxime has been an Admission and Discharge Officer at Donnaconna Institution since September 2016. Prior to this position, he worked there as a correctional officer for over eight years.

Canada's Penitentiary Museum on pace for another record year

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The Correctional Service of Canada Museum (also known as Canada’s Penitentiary Museum) has reopened its doors for the season and is already off to a record start. Curator Dave St. Onge says that 1,532 visitors have been through the museum since May 1, which represents a gain of 14 percent over the same time period last year.

Offender on release discusses benefits of the Kisarvik Program

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Inuit communities share ties to Canada's oceans that span generations. They value the oceans as a source of livelihood, food security, and transportation routes. The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium (NFMTC), a not-for-profit organization created in 2005, provides training opportunities to Nunavut land claim beneficiaries interested in pursuing careers in the fishing industry through the Kisarvik Program.

CSC doctors discuss new National Medical Advisory Committee, mental health strategies

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Addressing and treating mental health disorders among offenders is a challenge CSC faces on a regular basis. But thanks in part to some fresh voices and new initiatives in the organization, progress is continually being made. 

Guelph area Parole Officer to run with Flame of Hope at National Torch Run

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Carrie Gouthro has worked for Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for 22 years and has been involved in the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR) for the same amount of time. The LETR is the world’s largest public awareness and grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics, and the Torch Run is the most well-known event hosted by the organization.

History project about penitentiaries wins award

An oral history project documenting the links between the city of Kingston and the region’s correctional facilities has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation.

Kat's Story

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Feeling comfortable, welcomed and included in the workplace is something everyone wants and needs.

‘It becomes part of your life’: Tony Vanderwal and Bernie Martens on 50 years of volunteering with offenders

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Tony Vanderwal and Bernie Martens were used to doing volunteer work through their churches when they first learned about M2/W2, then called Canadian Job Therapy (M2), in the late 1960s.

Bowden and Drumheller Institutions support local minority language communities

The Official Languages Act (OLA) Part 7 requires that Government of Canada departments take positive measures to enhance the vitality of English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada by supporting their development. Official language minority communities (OLMCs) are generally English-speaking people in the province of Quebec and francophones in the rest of Canada.

'One big Positive Space': Transforming our culture

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Kat Ferguson and Sharp Dopler are just a generation apart, but their experiences as “out” members of the LGBTQ2 community could not have been more different. Because of a superior officer’s homophobia, Sharp was subject to an unfounded military police investigation while working with the Cadet Instructors Cadre as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. The result was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the end of a military career that had been a major part of Sharp’s life and identity.

GVI offenders raise money for local charities

Un montant de 2 000 $ amassé dans le cadre de Fresh Start Creations, un programme novateur qui donne l’occasion aux femmes incarcérées de contribuer positivement à leur collectivité, a récemment été réparti entre quatre organismes communautaires de la région de Waterloo.

The Legacy of Dr. Emerson Douyon

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The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is increasingly aware of the needs of ethnocultural offenders, thanks in large part to the pioneering work of Dr.

Nominees for Taylor Award 2017

National Volunteer Week offers an opportunity for CSC to celebrate the contributions of the thousands of dedicated volunteers that work with us across Canada to change lives.

Deployed to Haiti: CSC’s Bruno Jean Shares His Experience

By: Jack Seymour

As they rolled down the rough, dusty road lined with makeshift housing, CSC employee Bruno Jean began to realize that their driver had made a very wrong turn.

Members of the Ceremonial Guard from the Quebec Region pay tribute to Pennsylvania officer killed in the line of duty

Following the sad events that rocked the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Somerset, Pennsylvania, a group of correctional officers from the Ceremonial Guard from the Quebec Region decided to proudly represent Correctional Service Canada at the funeral of Sergeant Mark Baserman.

Recognizing a Special Colleague - Brandy May

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We can only be so lucky as to work with people we genuinely enjoy and respect. They are often what make the difference between a fulfilling job and one that isn’t.

Horticulture program builds skills at Nova Institution for Women

Horticulture is more than simply growing plants. Any avid gardener will likely tell you that horticultural activities build self-confidence, encourage perseverance and promote a calm, relaxed environment. It’s these qualities that make the Horticulture Skills Training Program extremely popular amongst the women at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro.

Dale's Story

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At CSC, we use a unique approach for Indigenous corrections called the Aboriginal Continuum of Care.

CSC’s first Turbaned Sikh warden

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When Sav Bains’ wife attended a local job fair, she brought him along with her.

May recap with the Interim Commissioner

Commissioner's Corner

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.

Spending a Week on Parliament Hill with Forum for Young Canadians

By: Allison Burton, Developmental Analyst, Offender Redress

The Forum for Young Canadians, or “forum”, as it is more affectionately known, is promoted as “an amazing and life changing experience” for young

Josée Gagné’s story

By: Michael Geisterfer

 

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