Commissioner's update for offenders and their families:
December 18, 2023

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

December is a time to give thanks and reflect. As 2023 comes to a close and the holiday season approaches, many of you will be connecting with family, friends and other supports that you have built a connection with.

This month, many people all over the world, and at CSC, celebrate faith and cultural holidays such as:

Chaplains and other resources at our sites are available to support your personal faith practices. I encourage you to take time over the holidays to reach out to your loved ones. Phone calls, letter-writing and video visitations are ways to connect if you cannot have an in-person visit with them. There are letter-writing kits made available by Canadian Families and Corrections Network.

This can be a difficult time of year for some. It is important to speak with someone if you are struggling. I want to remind you that you are not alone. I encourage you to reach out – speak with someone in Health Services or to other supports such as chaplains, elders and volunteers. Many staff, peers, chaplains, advisory members, volunteers and organizations are dedicating their time to support you.

Your Social Program Officer can inform you about the activities and services that your site may be organizing or offering during the holidays. I believe that a good way to focus your time and energy in a positive way is to get involved.

This is my last note to you for 2023. I hope that 2024 brings you new opportunities for change.

The holiday season is also a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.

Terri Marshall

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