COVID-19 vaccine update for employees: April 9, 2021
This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff from CSC's Commissioner.
I hope you had an opportunity to relax over the long weekend. It is important to take time for yourself and your family. I appreciate how hard you all work and know how important it is to have time to recharge.
Ontario recently issued a stay-at-home order and Quebec implemented more health restrictions in preparation for a third COVID-19 wave. These are reminders that we need to pay attention to the importance of keeping up our infection and prevention control measures both at work and outside of work.
It is great to see that COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out across the country. I encourage you to get the vaccine as soon as it is available to you. As I mentioned previously, the Correctional Service Canada (CSC) soon expects to offer the Moderna vaccine to all offenders in institutions and community correctional centres (CCC), and to employees who work in those congregate settings who have not yet received the vaccine through provincially run clinics. Just a reminder, though, even once you are vaccinated, you must still:
- wear a mask (and other personal protection equipment if your job requires it)
- physically distance, and
- wash your hands often
Layers of protection will remain very important.
I also wanted to mention that we, as public servants, are closely connected with the communities we live and work in. Each of us can play a key part in raising awareness, acceptance, and confidence in the vaccine with people we know. Please spread the word about the importance of protecting yourself and others against the impacts of COVID-19. Nobody is protected until everyone is protected.
I want to thank all of you for your steadfast:
- resilience, and
It has been a challenging time for everyone and I know many of you are tired. The silver lining is that we are in the home stretch and it is so important to keep up with the public health measures and continue working as a team to get through it.
World Health Day
Health is top of mind these days. Since 1948, we have recognized April 7 as World Health Day to raise awareness about health issues affecting people around the world. For the past year, COVID-19 has posed unprecedented challenges for:
- families, and
- health-care systems worldwide
On World Health Day, CSC took time to reflect on all the adjustments and hard work it has accomplished this past year to help keep everyone healthy and safe. Thank you to all CSC employees who continue to go above and beyond for the health and safety of:
- inmates, and
- the public
New chair of the Departmental Audit Committee
It is my pleasure to announce that as of April 1, Mr. Robert Hanlon took on the role of Chair of the Departmental Audit Committee (DAC), until the end of his term in November 2022. Mr. Hanlon has been a wonderful contributing member of the DAC since 2016. In those four years on the committee, he has gained a strong knowledge and understanding of CSC’s operations. Under Mr. Hanlon’s leadership, the committee will continue to provide sound advice and support the entire audit function. I invite you to read Mr. Robert Hanlon’s biography.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Philip Murray for his outstanding service and dedication as a member of CSC’s DAC since 2015 and as Chair for the past four years. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Hanlon on his new appointment and wishing Mr. Murray the very best in his future endeavours.
Launch of the onboarding questionnaire
It is important that when a new employee begins working for CSC they feel welcomed and supported. To this end, I am pleased to announce that CSC just launched an onboarding questionnaire that will be distributed to all new staff approximately three months after their start date with CSC. The responses received will help us improve CSC's strategies on:
- retention, and
For more information about this questionnaire, please visit the Hub.
Thank you again for your continued hard work and commitment. I am proud of what CSC accomplishes every day. The work you do is important and essential to keep Canadian communities safe. I appreciate your daily efforts in also keeping yourself, your family, and others safe.
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