COVID-19 update for offenders and their families: September 2, 2022

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

Thank you for continuing to wear a mask when close to others and washing/sanitizing your hands. It makes a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our institutions and will also help minimize the spread of other viruses such as common colds and the flu. Please let Health Services know if you are not feeling well.

September 8 is International Literacy Day, which highlights the importance of literacy as a human right. Literacy improves lives. Basic reading and writing skills open doors to better employment opportunities and advantages for success in society. CSC offers Educational Programs that focus on improving literacy, and academic skills to support your successful reintegration into the community. 

I want to remind you that the libraries in our institutions are a great resource for:

As well, many of our institutions across the country offer Book Clubs, which is a fun way to enjoy a book, by reading and discussing them with your fellow book club members. I encourage you to read for pleasure, but also to increase your knowledge. Kudos for pursuing the educational options that are available to you.

I was pleased to learn of the ingenuity and support that incarcerated individuals involved with the Community Connections program at William Head Institution demonstrated for Ukrainian refugees. They recently built picnic tables for a resort in Sooke, British Columbia, that was undergoing renovations to house up to 100 Ukrainian refugees. They painted the picnic tables half blue and half yellow, the Ukrainian flag colours. 

Community Connections is a non-profit program at William Head Institution that provides individuals an opportunity to create items for families in need, such as knitted and beaded:

as well as woodcraft items, such as:

Thank you to all involved in Community Connections for giving back to the community in such meaningful ways.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. — Malcolm X

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