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"In dealing with the dedicated work carried on by our pioneer penal reformers, it ("Halfway Home") puts responsibility back where it belongs: on the individual offender and the individual citizen... The self-examination of what is going on may lead to more humility, more cooperation and more success."
- W.T. McGarth, M.S.W.
April 23, 2013
Spring has sprung! Check out our SPRING 2013 NEWSLETTER HERE for the latest in St. Leonard's news, as well as information on SLSC's latest research and upcoming events.
April 19, 2013
St. Leonard’s Society of Canada is pleased to join host Maison Cross Roads, May 23–25, 2013 in Montréal, Québec for our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Saturday, May 25 at the Holiday Inn Select Centre Ville: 99 Avenue Viger Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Z 1E9.
Agenda items for the Annual General Meeting include: approval of agenda, minutes of previous AGM and actions of Board of Directors, receipt of reports of Board of Directors and Auditor, appointment of Auditor, disposition of policy resolutions, and election of the Directors of the Society. SLSC will also honour special people who have contributed significantly to our mission during the awards luncheon.
Registration is required for attendance at the AGM and related activities. Registration now by clicking here for English, ou cliquez ici pour la version française.
If you wish to register ONLY for Friday's "Seeds of Success" Workshop, you can do so by downloading our bilingual registration form here.
To qualify for early bird AGM registration, all forms must be received by March 31, 2013. Please mail forms along with a cheque to:
St. Leonard's Society of Canada
208-211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6H5
December 5, 2012
SLSC's Fall 2012 Edition of the Community Connections newsletter is now available. Please Click Here to access the newsletter.
December 3, 2012
PARTICIPANT EVALUATION OF LIFELINE PROGRAM
SLSC, with the support of Dr. Melissa Munn, conducted a satisfaction survey among the participants of the LifeLine Program in the months following the announcement of the program's closure.
A full report on the survey findings, prepared by Dr. Munn is available by clicking HERE
A summary of the Client Impact Highlights is available by clicking HERE
Please contact SLSC for further information, or please consider donating to the Peer Mentoring Fund for Alberta via CanadaHelps (see below) to help support the Peer Mentoring Volunteers who are continuing to provide hope and encouragement to those in need.
November 27, 2012
SLSC’S HOMES FOR THE ‘HARD TO HOUSE’ RESEARCH FINDINGS NOW AVAILABLE
St. Leonard’s Society of Canada is pleased to present Homes for the ‘Hard to House’: A Model for Effective Second Stage Housing. Below you will find links two reports: the H2H model and the supplemental H2H Research Findings report. Both reports contain promising practices and recommendations for second stage housing within a community corrections context. The goals of the research are twofold:
• To offer service providers a tool for guiding thoughts and discussions on creating or improving second stage housing opportunities for their clients through the use of the H2H model
• To offer service providers an evidence-based resource through the Research Findings report that promotes the use of second stage housing for ex-prisoners, and which supports advocacy for long term housing opportunities in community corrections.
Please note that there will be a limited number of FREE hard copy reports available. Pre-order yours today by completing the PRE ORDER FORM no later than January 7, 2013 and submit to SLSC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: 613-233-5122 or by mailing your form to the SLSC Head Office.
French copies of the report will be made available early in the New Year.
SLSC would like to thank our funders, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Public Safety Canada. We would also like to thank Correctional Service of Canada for their support in translating this work. Finally, SLSC extends our heartfelt thanks to all who participated and added to our research findings, as well as to the members of our National Advisory Committee for their dedication and insight into this project.
To access the H2H Model Report PLEASE CLICK HERE
To access the H2H Research Findings Report PLEASE CLICK HERE
SLSC strives to offer service providers resources that enhance efforts to provide excellent services to their community. We would greatly appreciate if you would take the time to complete our satisfaction survey of the project findings upon reviewing the materials. Doing so will assist us with advocating for the value of community corrections research with our funders, and will allow us to focus on areas that are important to you in the future. Please take a moment to complete our quick and easy survey at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/SLSCH2HSatisfactionSurvey/
October 22, 2012
A special thank you to everyone who came out to support SLSC at The Gladstone on Oct. 19th. The show was a great success and the proceeds from the ticket sales will help support ongoing initiatives at SLSC. Thanks to Plosive Productions for their generosity in supporting our work and for putting on an amazing performance.
We are currently in the process of making updates to our website and would greatly appreciate your input. Please take a minute to fill out the 5 question survey and let us know how we can make it better. Click here to take our Website Satisfaction survey
You can donate to St. Leonard's Society through CanadaHelps.org. They even provide you with an electronic tax creditable receipt for your donation almost instantly! Your support helps fund ongoing projects, programs, and research that are supporting communities across Canada. Simply click on the link below:
MAY 22, 2012
Please click HERE for access to our 2012-13 Membership Renewal Form. Being a member of SLSC gives you access to benefits such as:
- Access to information and expertise about social justice, including our Community Connections newsletter
- Invitations to SLSC events such as our annual conference and AGM
- Personal support to address your concerns about corrections
- A chance to connect with members who share your concerns
- The right to vote at all members' meetings
To return the membership form please mail the filled out form along with cash or cheque to the SLSC office. We look forward to welcoming and working with new and returning members throughout the year
APRIL 16, 2012
Please click HERE for SLSC's latest press release on the recent cut to LifeLine.
APRIL 11, 2012:
TODAY THE AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SERVICE KNOWN AS LIFELINE, PROVIDING IN-REACH PROGRAMMING TO LIFE SENTENCED PRISONERS, WAS CUT BY GOVERNMENT. For more than 20 years, life sentenced men and women who have proven their ability to reintegrate successfully have offered support, friendship and counselling to men and women serving long term and life sentences. They have offered hope that there can be “life after Life”.
This is a huge loss to effective corrections, and the cuts will affect many hard working and dedicated staff who have committed their time to helping some of the most vulnerable people within Canada’s federal institutions. SLSC will continue to bring updates on how we can continue to serve those in need and how we might move forward with the spirit of LifeLine.
SLSC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & SLHW'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY:
St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (SLSC) is pleased to join St. Leonard’s House Windsor (SLHW) as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary June 1-3, 2012. SLSC will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday June 2, 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. Please click on the links below for more details.
Click Here for SLHW's 50th Anniversary Programme
Click Here for SLSC's AGM 2012 Registration Form
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FORUM!
SLSC is pleased to share the following information on our Feburary 24 forum, co-hosted by CAROW at St. Leonard's Place Peel:
Click here for the CAROW-St. Leonard's February 28 Press Release
SLSC is pleased to announce our newest project: Homes for the 'Hard to House': A Model for Effective Second Stage Housing
Click here for more information
COME JOIN US as St. Leonard's House Windsor and St. Leonard's Society of Canada celebrate their 50th and 45th anniversaries at our annual meetings from June 1st-June 3rd.
Click here for SLHW's Save the Date Card
GOOD NEWS FOR CANADIANS - CRIME CONTINUES ON ITS DOWNWARD TREND
On July 21, 2011 Statistics Canada reported that the overall crime rate has continued its long-term downward trend, dropping 5% in 2010 from the previous year. Overall, the national crime rate has been falling steadily for the past 20 years and it is currently at its lowest level since 1973. For more information, please click on the Statistics Canada link below:
Statistics Canada Crime Rate Report July 21, 2011
SLSC HAS RESPONDED TO THE 2011 ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS PLATFORMS. To read our brief on the platforms please click on the link below:
Ontario Elections 2011 Platform Response
SLST Anniversary, SLSC AGM and Fall Workshop19 Dec 2010
St. Leonard’s Toronto brought together friends and colleagues from far and wide on June 3 to highlight best practices in community corrections. Special international guests included George Keiser of the National Institute of Corrections and John Larivee of Community Resources for Justice among others. This excellent forum was followed by an evening of food and recognition for some of Toronto’s staff and volunteers.
The following day SLSC was pleased to launch its latest report Community Connections during a conference co-hosted by the Toronto agency which saw more than 125 delegates discuss presentations ranging from the state of corrections to the developing community corrections strategy of the Correctional Service of Canada. Keynote speaker Dr. Frederick Frese III inspired those present with his content and courage. At the SLSC Annual Meeting the third day, our new Board was elected (see page 4 of the Winter newsletter) and our annual awards ceremony took place (see page 1 of the Winter newsletter).
As always, the renewal of old friendships and making of new connections made the event enjoyable—a great opportunity to learn and laugh together. Thanks to the organizers from SLST for all they did to make AGM 2010 such a success.
Following up to our June 5 event, on November 19 SLSC was proud to host:
A COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS WORKSHOP:
Realizing Community Potential
Keynote Speaker Dr. John Bradford
This half day session explored potential, built networks and allowed participants to discuss new directions in linking people with mental health needs to appropriate services. SLSC had the great pleasure of presenting Dr. John Bradford, Associate Chief (Forensic) of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Brockville Mental Health Centre as our keynote speaker.
• Meeting the mental health community’s needs – How is your agency becoming part of the solution?
• Taking the next steps – What would it look like to take your services to the next stage?
• What are the challenges of partnership?
Production of this workshop was made possible through a financial contribution from the Correctional Service of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Correctional Service of Canada.
DONATE ONLINE TO SLSC!18 Nov 2009
You can donate to St. Leonard's Society through CanadaHelps.org. They even provide you with an electronic tax creditable receipt for your donation almost instantly! Simply click on the link below:
"Community Connections" Mental Health Services Survey Launched18 Nov 2009
SLSC is pleased to announce that the Community Connections for Offenders who have Mental Health Disorders Online Survey was distributed on Wednesday November 18th, 2009. The survey has been created to collect information from Community-based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) about the mental health needs of offenders and getting them access to mental health care. With a target audience of approximately 160 CBRFs across the nation, SLSC expects significant results that will enrich the findings of our overall project, and give us a better picture of the needs of CBRFs and their residents. The project results will be published online in Spring 2010.
If you meet the criteria for completing this survey and are interested in taking it and sharing your thoughts with SLSC, please contact the Project Manager, Anita Desai, at SLSC's Head Office for a link to the survey.
New Mental Health Project15 Oct 2009
SLSC has launched a new project on good practices for mental health services in a community corrections setting. An introductory letter describing "Community Connections for Offenders who have Mental Health Disorders" is available in English (click here) or français (cliquez ici)
AGM 2009 and SLCS London & Region 40th Anniversary2 Jun 2009
On May 22, St. Leonard's Community Services London and Region celebrated their 40th anniversary with the launch of Maison Louise Arbour and a gala dinner featuring addresses by Madam Arbour and Madam Justice Deborah Livingstone. 250 were in attendance for this major landmark and the event will not soon be forgotten!
Also featured in the weekend's special events, SLSC held its annual awards luncheon, AGM and dinner on May 23rd. Congratulations to award winners:
Rick Brown (Luxton Award)
Dr. Alan Leschied (Cody Award)
Madam Justice Deborah Livingstone (Gallagher Award)
Fittingly for a weekend highlighting the accomplishments of Madam Louise Arbour, St. Leonard's Society of Canada also passed a new Human Rights Policy at its AGM. And read on for a brief blurb about the record-setting silent auction held that evening.
Towards an Integrated Network Online7 Apr 2009
Towards an Integrated Network: Working Together to Avoid Criminalization of People with Mental Health Problems is a handbook for professionals which presents the culmination of this research. This handbook is available for free download or purchase, through the Community Residential Facilities forum of this website. Click the Community Residential Facilities tab and login to enter the forum and download the manual. (Registration is free if you don’t already have a forum login ID.)
2008 Conference Proceedings Now Online29 Sep 2008
WORKING SAFELY FOR PUBLIC SAFETY: May 29, Halifax, NS
St. Leonard’s Society of Canada joined with Saint Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Halfway House Association to co-host Working Safely for Public Safety. Risk Management: A Discipline for Dealing with Uncertainty May 29, 2008.
Evaluations were, as always, very high for this event.
CLICK HERE for the conference proceedings.
Production of this event was been made possible through a financial contribution from Correctional Service Canada.
SLSC Reacts to CSC Review Panel - La réaction de la SSLC au Comité d'examen du SCC21 Dec 2007
CLICK HERE for SLSC Reactions to Correctional Service of Canada Review Panel Report
CLIQUER ICI pour la version française
BOLTON DAY 2007: PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE22 Oct 2007
On June 1, SLSC and SLS Hamilton were pleased to co-present: BOLTON DAY 2007 Partnerships and Collaboration: Models that Work! An active learning event about building community agency capacity. Exchanging real-life examples in fields of corrections, mental health, employment and homelessness. CLICK HERE for Bolton Day 2007 Proceedings including the PowerPoint presentations of the various speakers. CLICK HERE for the Bolton Day 2007 Conference Booklet originally distributed on site to participants. This event increased participating NGO’s capacities to serve their communities by working with partner agencies more effectively. Evaluations were consistently extremely positive and participants were left with a strong sense that they and their agencies had received a real benefit from the exchange. Material on the conference will be made available through this website in the near future!
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