20 YEARS OF THE ELDERS PROGRAM AT THE CAPRICORNIA CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

On 30 June, the Capricornia Correctional Centre hosted Rockhampton, Mackay and Woorabinda Elders to celebrate 20 years of the Elders program at the centre.

Cultural Liaison Officers, Ethel Speedy and Lionel Smith, Cultural Development Officer, Dean Edmund, and Manager, Offender Development, Nicole McCance co-ordinated the event, which commenced with prisoners assisting Elders in a flag raising ceremony, before prisoners performed traditional dances.

A special lunch was prepared for the Elders, before General Manager, Yme Dwarshuis presented them with medallions from Deputy Commissioner, Kerrith McDermott to commemorate the occasion.

The Elders program plays an important role in minimising barriers to participation in rehabilitation programs, encouraging a sense of connection to the community and a change in offending behaviour.

Cultural Development Officer, Dean Edmund delivering the Welcome to Country.

Prisoners and Elders during the flag raising ceremony.

Cultural Development Officer, Dean Edmund, Cultural Liaison Officer, Ethel Speedy, Manager, Offender Development, Nicole McCance and Cultural Liaison Officer, Lionel Smith.