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Maple Ridge corrections officers honoured

Three corrections officers from Maple Ridge were recognized last month for their dedication to public safety and commitment to helping offenders make positive life changes.

The annual ceremony awarded 32 Corrections Exemplary Service Medals and Bars - the most prestigious national decoration for corrections  professionals in Canada.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux also attended the medal presentation ceremony to honour the important work and dedication these recipients have demonstrated over the course of their careers.

“Our corrections and probation officers play a vital role in keeping our families and communities safe and they deserve our gratitude and recognition,” said  Anton.

“Much of the challenging work they do each day goes unseen by most British Columbians, but is very much appreciated as the road to making positive changes begins with these dedicated professionals who work with offenders on the front lines.”

Harry Draaisma and Robert Richardson from the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre were honoured for 20 years of service as was Suzanne Tarlier who works at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women.

“All 32 Corrections Exemplary Service Medal recipients deserve recognition for demonstrating such strong commitment to serving their profession and their communities,” Cadieux added.

The awards pay tribute to both B.C. Corrections staff who work in probation offices and correctional centres, and Ministry of Children and Family Development youth justice services staff members. The recipients have reached milestones for exemplary service, beginning at 20 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, 30 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service First Bar, and 40 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Second Bar.


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