The Bordelais Correctional Facility has launched the institution’s first ever special week of activities to mark Correctional Services Employees Week. The special week officially began on Sunday, July 23, 2017 with a church service at the Saint Peter’s Parish in Dennery. The church service was attended by the Honourable Minister for Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and National Security Senator Hermangild Francis who indicated he was pleased with the initiative. The church service was followed by a successful lunch and a Family Day.
Acting Deputy Director of Corrections Mrs. Alberta Joseph Felicien noted that the activities have generated a high level of excitement amongst staff for the remainder of the week’s activities which happen to be very competitive and fulfilled in nature.
On Monday the BCF engaged in a staff breakfast and this was followed by a Drill Competition. The Acting Deputy Director of Corrections Mrs. Alberta Joseph Felicien explained that the staff of the facility including civilian staff has been placed in four houses named after past superintendents and directors of Corrections.
“We have Herman House, Frederick House, St. Juste House and Yorke House and they will be competing with each other. This has stirred a lot of interest and enthusiasm as everyone is eager to ensure that their house emerges as the winner. It is the first time that we are hosting such an activity and although it has been earmarked for a very long time, we are happy that we were able to host it and we plan to continue doing so every year.”
The activities include a health talk to be given by a prominent doctor, while on Wednesday the staff of the facility will be able to participate in the Debate Competition. Not forgetting its home community of Dennery, the BCF will take its activities out into the community with the presentation of a food hamper to the Dennery Home for the Elderly, followed by fun sports action on the La Ressource Playing Field on Thursday, July 27,2017 at 10;; a.m..
The programme of activities returns to the BCF with a highly anticipated football competition on Friday and that will be followed by a carpark social activity. The Week of Activities culminates on Saturday, July 28, 2017 with a Rainforest hike.
Acting Deputy Director of Corrections Mrs. Alberta Joseph Felicien reflected on the overall objective of the observance. “We want the Correctional Officers to know that their hard work is appreciated. Not anyone can be a Correctional Officer because it is a job which takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice. So we want them to know that they are just as valued as other persons who work within the essential services”. The 14 year old Bordelais Correctional Facility has designated 2017 as “the year of the staff” and has promised to promote the theme of “Staff Appreciation” throughout the remaining months of the year.