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Scott Bertrand recalls receiving the handwritten thank you card in the mail. That’s not unusual, but this card was from a former incarcerated individual and Bertrand was one of the BC Correctional officers who oversaw his time in the provincial correctional system.

As a young correctional officer, new to the job, Bertrand supervised the man’s living unit, learning that they grew up in the same hometown. It was the individual’s first time in a correctional centre and he was having some family challenges.

‘I knew at a very young age that this was something I wanted to do’

“He needed someone to talk to, about his life and plans. He saw there was no judgment from me and I was able to relate some of my experiences to what he was going through,” Bertrand recalls.

After the man’s release, he sent the card thanking Bertrand for taking the time. “We really do have an impact,” Bertrand says, moved to know he affected the life of another person.

“I really saw that many people in custody are receptive to change and we have a huge opportunity.”

“Our staff are our greatest asset and we believe they act as strong role models in both their personal and professional lives,” says Stephanie Macpherson, Provincial Director, BC Corrections, pointing to the BC Corrections’ vision of ‘Inspiring Excellence and Changing Lives.’

“Our staff truly care about helping those who have found themselves in custody. They want to make a difference and have a positive influence on these men and women.

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