Commissioner's update for offenders and their families:
December 11, 2023

This content is a message to federal offenders and their families from Correctional Service Canada's (CSC's) Commissioner.

I would like to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating. The Jewish Festival of Lights takes place from December 7 to December 18 this year.

As we start the holiday season, I encourage you to take time to connect with friends, family, and loved ones. Phone calls, letter-writing and video visitations are available for those who cannot have in-person visits with them.

The holiday season can also be a difficult time for many. If you need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are lots of resources available, including Health Services, chaplains, and volunteers.

During the festive season, chaplains and other resources are available to help practice your faith.

Are you working with community supports and want to get creative in saying thanks? CSC is creating its second virtual Volunteer Appreciation Gallery to feature your art and poetry during National Volunteer Week in April 2024! Approved submissions are put on CSC’s website for your family, friends, and support networks to enjoy.

If you have been supported by a volunteer, this is an opportunity to express your appreciation creatively. Submissions should reflect the positive impact volunteers have had on you. Talk to your Social Program Officer or other staff for more information. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who contributed artwork for holiday cards for the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC).

Every year, the GCWCC helps thousands of charities to improve lives and build communities. Thank you to all of you who contributed for helping CSC reach our goal.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.   — Denis Waitley

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