Fourth Annual Corrections Cares 2021

Toronto – For a fourth consecutive year, Ontario’s 9,000 correctional workers gave back to their communities through “Corrections Cares about Communities” fundraising events.

This year, the various events organized by OPSEU/SEFPO corrections members collected almost $21,000, as well as 300 pounds of non-perishable food.  It’s an impressive haul, considering the province is still in various stages of lockdown.

“Once again, our members have shown how concerned they are for the well-being of the communities they call home,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President OPSEU/SEFPO.  “It shows what big hearts our members have.”

Chad Oldfield, the co-chair of the corrections division, said concerns were raised that COVID-19 would keep people away.

“There was talk about shutting it down this year,” Oldfield admitted. “But, we thought, even if we don’t get a huge response, it’s still very important for the charities we support.

“As things turned out, our members recognized how important the Corrections Cares events have become, and far more community members came out then we expected,” he continued. “We’re really encouraged by the support we received – and the amount we raised.”

OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, himself a correctional officer, was not surprised.

“I’ve lived Corrections. I know they’re caring, concerned people and very invested in their communities. They’ll always go that extra mile, inside or outside the institutions they work in. And I also know the people in their communities support them 100 per cent. I do too.”

For more information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931; Chad Oldfield,

OCDC staff held various BBQs and Bake Sales raising over $4050.  All proceeds to Cheo Hospital for ChildrenRotel Foundation and United Way.

Well Done.  Corrections Cares

Algoma Treatment & Remand Centre staff held various events with over $2670 being donated to the SPCASault Ste. Marie Soup KitchenARCHCNIBChristmas CheerBoots on the Ground and the Cancer Society.

Well Done!

Maplehurst made a monetary donation in the amount of $1000 to Milton Salvation Army Food Bank

Local raffles for iPad and gift cards at the Central North Correctional Centre raised $2145 for La Maison Rosewood Shelter, an emergency shelter in Midland providing support to abused and homeless women and their children.

Fort Frances Jail and Fort Frances P&P collected and donated over 100lbs of non-perishable food items to the Rainy River District Victim Services Program.

Sarnia Jail staff held a food drive with over 100lbs of non-perishable food items being donated to the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Ontario Correctional Institute Jail donated $300 to Safe Centre of Peel offering support to adults, child and youth affected by abuse and violence in Peel.

Quinte Detention Centre donated $500 to the Napanee Salvation Army Food Bank.

Thunder Bay Correctional Centre donated $1595 to Thunder Dog Rescue and $1350 to Caring Hearts Cat Sanctuary and Rescue.

Monteith Correctional Complex staff made a $700 monetary donation to Iroquois Falls Association For Community Living.

Ontario Correctional Institute Jail donated $300 to Safe Centre of Peel offering support to adults, child and youth affected by abuse and violence in Peel.

SouthWest Detention Centre staff  donated $500 to Windsor-Essex Food Bank.

Central East Correctional Centre Staff donated several boxes of non-perishable food items and $235 to Kawartha Lakes Humane Society.

Ottawa Probation and Parole raised and donated $2000 to the Dr. Keith McFarlane Endowment Fund. The fund provides psychological services for residents of the Ottawa Mission homeless shelter.

Niagara Detention Centre staff held a BBQ and several fundraisers, raising over $3500 for Camp Bucko.

Well Done!

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