Ontario Honours Correctional Workers
Today, the province and Ontario's correctional services staff marked the sixth annual Ceremony of Remembrance honouring those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving in Ontario's correctional services.
The ceremony was held on the future site of a Correctional Workers' Monument, near the Queen's Park Legislative Precinct Grounds. The monument will recognize the contribution that correctional services staff make to Ontario's justice system and keeping our communities safe.
The design of the new monument was officially unveiled at the ceremony. The sculpture, entitled Hours of the Day signifies the passage of time, capturing the hours that correctional services staff work in the service of others, inside our institutions and within the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, 33 correctional workers were honoured at the 2017 Corrections Awards Ceremony earlier today. The ceremony included a presentation of the first annual Correctional Services Premier's Award, along with Minister's Awards for Bravery, Humanitarian Service and Volunteer Service, the Viola Desmond Deputy Minister's Award, as well as awards for special achievement.
- This year’s Ceremony of Remembrance is being held a day before the annual Peace Officers Memorial run, which includes participation by correctional officers and, probation and parole officers.
- Since March 16, 1884, 18 men and one woman have died in the line of duty in correctional services in Ontario.
- The Correctional Worker’s Monument is anticipated to be completed in 2018.
- Read more about Ontario’s Correctional Services.
“I am constantly impressed by the courage and professionalism of Ontario’s correctional officers. Today, I heard stories of bravery and dedication. Correctional officers support the safety of our communities and help build a just society. Some have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of others. The Correctional Worker’s Monument will allow people from across the province to honour and remember our correctional services family for helping to keep our communites safe.”