Commissioner's update for offenders and their families: April 15, 2024

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

For those of you working with volunteers, this week is National Volunteer Week. We also celebrate our Citizen Advisory Committees during this time. I am proud to share that CSC has approximately 4,000 volunteers. This includes hundreds of citizen advisory members. They work with many community groups dedicated to helping you during your time of incarceration and to plan for your eventual release.

I strongly believe that having a network of people to support you can help you find motivation and hope, build pro-social skills, and much more.

Thank you to those who participated in the art and poetry initiative that was organized to thank volunteers. The gallery is posted on CSC’s website for your family and friends to see and you can ask your social program officer for a copy.

Art can be a helpful and positive part of your rehabilitation journey. When I visited Grande Cache Institution last fall, I was inspired to see artwork on display by an inmate there. They shared that even though they are colour blind, art is still a therapeutic outlet for them where they are able to find peace. I was so inspired by their talent and hope you will be too.

If you are interested in learning more about how to connect with a volunteer or getting involved in art, talk to your social program officer or someone from your case management team.

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Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. — William Arthur Ward

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