BC Public Service Corrections – Fraser Regional Correctional Centre

BC Public Service Corrections – Fraser Regional Correctional Centre


♪♪♪ MATT:
Fraser Regional is a multi-security level facility with open, medium
and secure levels, and we also have remand inmates. IZACH:
I’m a Program Facilitator here at Fraser Regional
Correctional Centre. And I enjoy my position because it gives me
an opportunity to facilitate programs to our inmates they
wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive. I try to impart some type of
positivism to the inmates, you know, a little bit of hope here and there doesn’t
hurt anybody. And if I can impart
that on them, maybe it will be good
for society in general. MATT:
I get these guys prepared for work. This particular range,
this unit, we’re the maintenance unit. These guys get paid
on a weekly basis. We provide the cleanliness for the institution and then they are sent off
to a maintenance area where another officer will
basically assign them tasks to do throughout the jail. We have outside word programs and outside work crews, such as Zajac Ranch, fisheries, the tree program, and then we have crews going out to the fairgrounds and do maintenance
on their lawns. We have a metal shop; it’s a full shop with
machines and welding, blowtorches, everything. We have a full carpentry
program. We have a carpenter
that’s contracted out and he comes in
and helps the guys and they can get their
ticket here. IZACH:
We also provide vocational programs. And I’ve been lucky enough to be able to be selected
as a facilitator for hazards recognition, WHMIS, fall protection, so some of these skills that I can facilitate
and certify them for allows them to be equipped with certificates that
they can use in the workforce
or in the field. MATT:
I’ve been in Corrections for two years. What appealed to me was when I started and first got
hired on, I was guaranteed full-time work, and I started on a four on,
four off. I get the feeling when
I come into work that I’m part of a team and we work together and it’s a pretty positive
atmosphere, we have fun together. You have people to talk to when you have tough days
at work, which is nice. Doing this job,
it really helps to have a strong sense of self,
awareness. You may find yourself in a particular situation and really discover who you are. It will come out. These guys will make
it come out. You don’t always have
a supervisor looking over your shoulder, so you have to be able to
manage your time well. Being able to stay honest, with not only your job, but be honest
with yourself too. ♪♪♪

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