COVID-19 update for correctional employees: April 14, 2022

This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff from CSC's Commissioner.

Variants of the coronavirus are still circulating in many of our communities as the sixth wave of COVID-19 cases continues. Thanks to vaccination rates, we are better protected from becoming seriously ill. In addition to being fully vaccinated, medical officers of health are recommending that we all continue to wear masks in public spaces. And, medical masks are required in all federal government workplaces. I know I have said it many times, but I truly mean it: thank you for continuing to take these health measures seriously. You are making our work environment and our communities safer.

International Day of Pink

April 13 was International Day of Pink, which is a day to celebrate equity, diversity, and inclusion, and recognize the need to stop homophobic, transphobic, and all forms of bullying that many 2SLGBTQI+ people face. Consider how important it is to be respectful of everyone. It is through tolerance and acceptance that we create an inclusive workplace and community

2022 Ethnocultural Anti-racism Calendar 

I am pleased to share with you that CSC’s inaugural 2022 Ethnocultural Anti-racism Calendar was a big success! Earlier this year, the Reintegration Services Division created and distributed calendars featuring offender art and poetry, with the theme “This is Me… Beyond the Surface.” This calendar provided offenders an opportunity to have their messages about racism and discrimination heard through their artwork and poetry. To respond to the high demand for additional copies, the calendar is now available for viewing and printing on the Hub.

Coffee and conversations with Muslim employees

Since April 2, Muslims around the world have been celebrating the holy month of Ramadan. Members of the Muslim Federal Employees Network are inviting all non-Muslim colleagues across the public service to join them for their next virtual Coffee & Conversations event on April 19, from noon to 1 p.m. (EDT). I encourage you to take this opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding about Ramadan, and ask questions in a relaxed, safe environment. No registration is required to join the meeting:

Religious celebrations in April

In addition to Ramadan, many different faiths are marking special religious holiday celebration in April. Today, April 14 is Baisakhi, a spring harvest festival for Sikhs and Hindus. It is also one of the most important days in the Sikh calendar, marking the date in 1699 when Sikhism became a collective faith. Passover, from April 15 to 23, is celebrated by those of the Jewish faith. And for Christians, Easter is celebrated this weekend, with Good Friday tomorrow and Easter Sunday on April 17. I wish those of you marking these special days a joyous time with friends and loved ones. Happy Baisakhi! Ramadan Mubarak! Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Easter!

I hope you have a chance to relax and reenergize this long weekend. To those of you working this weekend, a special thank you. Your commitment and dedication to what you do are much appreciated.

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” 

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