A special ceremony is being held tonight to present 28 custodial and non-custodial Corrections staff from Otago Corrections Facility with long service awards for their cumulative 329 years of work for the Department.
Nine staff will be honoured with their 21-year clasp, one with a 14-year medal and the remaining 18 staff will receive a seven-year acknowledgement.
“The average New Zealander spends around 5 years with one employer so to have a number of staff who have been with the Department for longer than that, some much, much longer, is extraordinary. I am delighted to be part of recognising that dedication,” says Assistant Regional Manager Ants Howie.
“Corrections staff play an important role in making our communities safer by reducing re-offending and it can be a demanding role requiring immense dedication.
“Having these staff with us for this amount of time means we are retaining invaluable organisational knowledge and experience and that needs to be acknowledged. I thank each and every one of today’s recipients for the work they do and also for the advice and guidance they provide to the staff we have joining the Department.”
Mr Howie says tonight’s recipients will include corrections officers, unit managers, Corrections Inmate Employment staff as well as Prison Manager Jack Harrison who has been with the Department for seven years.
“There are a variety of career options within Corrections and while it can be a very demanding job, it can also be extremely rewarding with staff having a real passion for their work.
“It is this passion along with their long-standing dedication that we honour today.”
The award ceremony will be held in Balclutha and attended by Corrections staff including Regional Manager Paul Monk, honoured guest Clutha District Mayor Juno Hayes as well as family and friends of the recipients.
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