“The dedication, courage, and professionalism exhibited by these frontline workers deserves our full respect. We are very pleased to see these devoted members recognized for the vital role they play in public safety." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Regina (10 May 2019) — The Saskatchewan government proclaimed May 7, 2019 as Correctional Officer Appreciation Day and recognized representatives from each correctional facility and regional probation offices who are members of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees' Union (SGEU/NUPGE) in the legislature. Events for other staff also took place at each facility and probation offices around the province.
Correctional officers and staff deserve full respect
“Correctional officers have some of the toughest jobs in public service. And often it can be a thankless job, as their service to the community is mostly far from the public’s view and behind closed doors,” said Bob Bymoen, SGEU President.
Correctional officers are much more than just people who keep offenders behind bars: they are counselors, first responders, referees, supporters, and caregivers for some of society’s most dangerous, and often its most disadvantaged.
“The dedication, courage, and professionalism exhibited by these frontline workers deserves our full respect. We are very pleased to see these devoted members recognized for the vital role they play in public safety,” added Bymoen.
First year for honour
This is the first year Correctional Officer Appreciation Day has been proclaimed in Saskatchewan. There are approximately 2,200 correctional officers, facility youth workers, and probation officers across Saskatchewan.
“We thank the minister for proclaiming this day, and we look forward to working together to continue to highlight and honour these brave people both now and in the future,” said Bymoen.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE