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Meet a REAC member: Daniel Cho

Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committees (REACs) are an essential part of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)’s efforts to help ethnocultural offenders reintegrate successfully into the community. The volunteer members of REACs across Canada, like the Rev. Daniel Cho of the Ontario REAC, provide advice to CSC about programs, services and interventions designed to meet the needs of ethnocultural offenders and help CSC staff, volunteers and the community learn about their unique needs and cultural interests.

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Commissioner Don Head Accepts Honorary Diploma from St. Lawrence College

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Among the 2016 graduates at St. Lawrence College (SLC) being honoured for their hard work on June 17, 2016 was CSC Commissioner Don Head who received an honorary diploma.

Meet a REAC Member: Desmond Doran

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A great year for Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC)

Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) are a legally mandated presence within the Canadian federal corrections structure, set up to ensure representation from the public in the administration of correctional activities. Across federal institutions and parole offices, CACs are there to observe, liaise, and advise on CSC’s day-to-day operations, with members representing a wide cross-section of the public.

Triumph: CSC Employees at Ironman

Never let up, focus on your goal and pace yourself to reach the finish line.

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Interview with Sylvie-Ann Lavigne

The positive impacts of CORCAN work experiences on reintegration

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A new CORCAN project began in the Quebec Region in the summer of 2018 to support offenders on conditional release with their social and occupational reintegration. This initiative allows them to work as installers on a transitional basis to develop and apply technical and job-related skills prior to entering the job market.

Lookout Garden at Mission Institution

It was a long, hot summer. Usually this type of statement in a correctional facility is an indicator that things are not going well and trouble is brewing, but at Mission Minimum, it was a sign that good deeds were on the horizon.

The Eye Train

On most Fridays you will find Dr.

Giving back - Lifer’s Group donation to Emma’s Acres

On May 21, 2019, the Mountain Institution Lifer’s Group donated a bench grinder and cheque to a few special volunteers for their efforts and work through Emma’s Acres/LINC. Emma’s Acres is an agricultural social enterprise managed by the Long-Term Inmates Now in the Community, better known as LINC, which was founded in 1992 by Glen and Sherry Flett in Mission, BC. 

Open House at the Regional Mental Health Centre

On February 21, 2018, the Regional Mental Health Centre (RMHC) opened its doors to community partners. Located in the Quebec Region, the RMHC is a multi-level security facility for male inmates who have various mental health needs.  

Kikeway Wig Healing House – The importance of culture within the healing and rehabilitation of Indigenous offenders.

In June we were happy to share a story about Kikeway Wig Healing House, a private home placement for Indigenous offenders upon release from a federal correctional facility.

The James A. Murphy Award of Excellence for 2018

Since 2003, Lori Ebbesen, this year’s recipient of the James A. Murphy Award of Excellence, has been an active, engaged member of CACs, both regionally and nationally. An advocate in the Prairie region for enhancing the role of CACs in supporting CSC’s mandate, Lori’s dedication and commitment to public safety has served as a positive motivator for others and made her an effective leader.

A path to healing and reintegration: Videoconferencing in Nunavut

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For offenders from Nunavut, maintaining a relationship with family members and friends is a lifelong challenge. Nunavut consists of roughly 25 small and remote Inuit communities that are only accessible by air. There is a lack of federal facilities in Nunavut and offenders often serve time in the South away from their communities and families.

Writing for Personal Growth

In order to encourage Donnacona Institution students to write beyond the scholastic context, I invited them to participate in the Ma plus belle histoire writing contest for adult students in Quebec.

Advancing Restorative Justice: Meet Barbara Tomporowski

The idea of restorative justice (RJ) is one that has the potential to provoke strong reactions. As its name implies, the general concept prioritizes the rehabilitation of offenders in the interest of public safety and reintegration into society, often through open dialogue between victims and offenders. For Barbara Tomporowski, a senior policy analyst with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, it’s one that’s close to her heart: “RJ is a great opportunity to have timely and effective justice to resolve cases quickly for victims, families, offenders and communities who are affected.”

Building structures and skills – How employees at CSC are helping offenders become employable upon their release

In September we had the pleasure of sharing a story about the Piapot modular build, an initiative that gave offenders at Saskatchewan Penitentiary the opportunity to give back t