For the third year in a row, correctional workers across Ontario will give back to their communities. From their various work locations, corrections members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) will take part in a wide variety of community-specific charity fundraising events as part of the third annual “Corrections Cares about Communities” event.
“When we give back to our communities, the very nature of our work – to serve and protect the community – is better understood and appreciated, both by corrections workers and local residents,” said Chris Jackel, union representative for the Correctional Bargaining Unit. “It’s an important way to raise morale and help bridge the wall that acts as a divide between us and the communities we proudly belong to and contribute to.”
Scroll through the list of events below to find the one happening nearest you!
Event: Charitable BBQ
All proceeds to Women’s Place Kenora
Where: Kenora Jail, 1430 River Drive, Kenora
When: February 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Jamie Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre
Event: Charitable BBQ
Where: Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, 2244 Innes Road, Ottawa
When: February 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact: Scott Forde email@example.com
Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre
Event: Spaghetti Dinner
All proceeds to Special Olympics Ontario
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 96 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie
When: February 21, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact: Josh Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Lawrence Valley Treatment Centre and Brockville Jail
Event: Fun Fingerprint Your Kids Day. Parents can fingerprint their children for safety and security measures.
Where: Walmart, 1942 Parkedale Avenue, Brockville
When: February 21, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact: JP Turcotte at email@example.com
Sarnia Jail, Sarnia Probation and Parole Office, and Sarnia Youth Probation
Event: Blood Drive
Where: Temple Baptist Church, 1410 Quinn Drive, Sarnia
When: February 22, 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Joel Bissonnette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Central North Correctional Centre
Event: Out in the Cold: Local executive members of Central North Correctional have pledged to stay outside for a 24-hour period, beginning at 8 a.m. on February 19 and continuing until 8 a.m. on February 20.
Where: 501 Fuller Avenue, Penetanguishene
When: February 19
Contact: Richard Dionne at email@example.com
Central North Correctional Centre ICIT
Event: Blood Drive
Institutional Crisis Intervention Team members from Central North Correctional Centre will participate in a blood drive.
Ottawa Probation and Parole Office
Event: Clothing Drive. All items will be donated to the Ottawa Mission Shelter, a resource many of our clients access.
When: February 20
Contact: Crystal Dubbin-McCrea at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monteith Correctional Complex
Event: Charitable BBQ/ Food Drive. All proceeds to Iroquois Falls Association For Community Living
Where: Event will be held at The Station Hall – 249 Cambridge Ave, Iroquois Falls
When: February 20, 12pm to 4pm
Contact: Eric Davies at email@example.com
Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre and London Probation and Parole
Event: Clothing Drive for Children’s Aid Society, London, Cozy Corner
Often, when children are apprehended or surrendered quickly, they leave their situations with nothing. CAS relies on items from their cozy corner to provide the child/ children with pajamas or other clothing items as needed to accompany the child to the foster home.
Where: Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre and London P&P
When: February 7 – 20
Contact: Janet Laverty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maplehurst Correctional Complex/Vanier Centre for Women
Event: “Out in the Cold”
The executive of Local 234 have pledged to stay outside for a 24-hour period, beginning at 8 a.m. on February 20 and continuing until 8 a.m. on February 21.
Correctional staff are also hosting a barbeque at noon on February 20. All proceeds will go to Halton Women’s Place in support of women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence.
Where: Maplehurst/Vanier, 661 Martin Street, Milton
When: February 20 (barbeque at noon)
Contact: Ryan Graham email@example.com
Niagara Detention Centre
Event: Barbecue/fundraiser for Niagara Children’s Centre
Where: Niagara Detention Centre, 1355 Upper’s Lane, Thorold, and at Niagara Children’s Centre, 567 Glenridge Avenue, St. Catharines
When: February 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact: Marko Mrmak firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre and Hamilton Probation and Parole
Event: Food drive
All proceeds to the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, which helps local residents with food, utilities, support and counselling.
Where: Food Basics, 751 Upper James, Hamilton
When: February 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Michelle McClean at email@example.com
Southwest Detention Centre and Windsor Probation and Parole
Event: Public skate/food drive, with canned food donated to Windsor-Essex Food Bank
Where: Lanspeary Park, 1250 Langlois Avenue, Windsor
When: February 20, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact: Jason Stroud at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto East Detention Centre
Event: Winter clothing drive. All items will be donated to local agencies.
Where: Toronto East Detention Centre, 55 Civic Road, Scarborough
When: February 20
Contact: Jason Mushynski at email@example.com
Ontario Correctional Institute
Event: Charity breakfast
Proceeds going to Safe Centre of Peel, which offers support to adults, child, and youth affected by abuse and violence in Peel region.
Where: Ontario Correctional Institute, 109 McLaughlin Road South, Brampton
When: February 20, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Contact: Adam Cygler firstname.lastname@example.org
Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Thunder Bay Jail
Event: Pet rescue adoption and fundraiser.
Where: Caring Hearts Cat Rescue – Pet Valu 1171 Golf Links Road
Thunder Dog Rescue – Pet Valu 2826 Arthur Street East
When: February 20, 2pm to 6pm
Contact: Shawn Bradshaw at email@example.com or Dana Bruno at 807-251-8337
Probation and Parole Central Region
Event: Meal preparation for the Out in the Cold Program. Meals will be prepared and served to roughly 80 people from the community.
Where: Beaches United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue, Toronto
When: February 27, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: Joy Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto South Detention Centre
Proceeds to LAMP Community Health Centre
Where: Toronto South Detention Centre, 160 Horner Avenue, Toronto
When: February 20, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Contact: Jason Groeneveld email@example.com