"Freedom of the Town" ceremony

Grande Cache, Alberta

Correctional Service Canada was granted "Freedom of the Town" by the town of Grande Cache, Alberta on October 17, 2015.

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"Freedom of the Town" ceremony (October 17, 2015) - Grande Cache, Alberta

Narrator: They came on their scooters and on foot, some of them clutching the hands of their parents or traipsing beside the man with the sword.

They marched in the parade. They danced to the piper's lively two-step.

For the children of Grande Cache it was an unexpected party of pomp and pageantry.

For their parents, it was a moment of pride.

They were being celebrated, applauded and recognized, not just for the protection they offer to their own children, but to families in villages, towns and cities across Canada.

Protectors of our communities, they are often the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system."

Commissioner: We are a family, an extended family, and we all welcome you to our family party.

I am Don Head, the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, your worship, here to request Freedom of the Town of Grande Cache in recognition of 20 years of service by the staff of the Grande Cache Institution.

Mayor: I want to salute your commissioner for being an agent of change in corrections. As well, I want to salute all the institutional staff for the challenging work you do. Thank you for choosing Grande Cache as your home. Thank you for keeping our community safe.

Commissioner: The family members of all the staff who work at the facility, without your support for my staff, for your family members, they would not be able to do the great work that they do. They go to work and do a very difficult job. They could not do that tremendous work without you behind the scenes. The support you show the staff is part of that good news story.

In return, the work that institution does, not only in terms of public safety results, but in terms such as food drives, bicycle repair programs, even selling artwork at the tourist centre, all contribute in a very positive way to this community and this great country of ours.

The Correctional Service of Canada has been present in this community for the last 20 years, and all the staff have had one thing in mind when they've gone into work every day: and that's looking at changing lives and protecting Canadians.