Position: Regional Learning Facilitator
Position Type: Out of Scope, Contract
Salary: TBD based on qualifications and experience
Hours of Work: Flex Time, Full Time
Start Date: November 15, 2017
End Date March 31, 2020
Qualifications: See Knowledge and Skills
Location: Based out of Regina

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, or his/her designate, the Regional Learning Facilitator will train and implement a digital suite of programs that enhances the way life skills are delivered to youth and adults throughout the province.

Duties:
• Community Outreach and Support:
o Engage in extensive community outreach to youth justice agencies and facilities
o Engage with local social service and youth serving organizations to introduce and demonstrate the Community Learning Program
o Facilitate staff training programs in the local agencies and provide on-going support to staff/agencies that decide to adopt the Community Learning Program platform
o Help build a “Community Learning Program Practice” through regional trainings/conferences, consistent communication to community partners, and engaging in public awareness processes to policy makers and other influential service providers
o Outreach efforts to Indigenous communities and organizations are to be emphasized
• Direct Delivery of Community Learning Program:
o During the initial phase of the project, engagement in the direct delivery of Community Learning Program to clients through partnerships established with at least three (3) local agencies, one (1) being with an Indigenous youth serving organization
o Establish a schedule to deliver Community Learning Program in collaboration with local staff to agency’s clients
o The anticipated demonstration phase will not exceed a set number of session (3 to 5)
• Train the Trainer:
o Work with the local “champions” to identify interested staff
 “Champions” are people within participating agencies who will deliver Community Learning Program to clients on a consistent basis, as well as being available to train colleagues within their agency
o Ensure the “champion” has the necessary capacity to train local staff
• Liaison with Provincial Advisory Network – The Provincial Advisory Network is a coalition of government agencies and non-profit organizations serving youth in the justice system and youth at-risk. The purpose of the Advisory Network is to assist in the introduction of the project at the provincial level, as well as to help guide and problem solve around any implementation issues
o Assist in establishing this network
o Organize periodic meetings
o Coordinate the agenda with the Chair of the Advisory Network
o Provide updates and report on activities
o Support the Chair of the Network in the facilitation process
• Evaluation and Program Monitoring:
o Liaise with local partners to ensure collection of required data to meet project deliverables
o Be available to assist in trouble shooting any issues that may arise that could hinder the proper evaluation of the project
• Reporting:
o Periodic progress reports to ensure compliance of program requirements
• In addition:
o Regular travel throughout the province will be required
o Perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications:
• University Bachelor’s degree in the Human Services sector – preferred in justice studies, community development, or adult education
• Compliance with the designated Risk Management policies of the National John Howard Society
• Valid driver’s license
• Clean Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector check
• Minimum 3 years’ field experience in a similar role
• Experience within First Nations communities is an asset
Knowledge:
• An understanding and commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of the John Howard Society.
• Some familiarity with the problems and characteristics of disadvantaged persons
• Experience in community organizing methods, facilitation and staff development
• Experience in promoting and supporting partnerships across the wide spectrum of the non-profit sector
Skills:
• Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills
• Excellent presentation skills and comfort in public speaking
• Exceptional report writing skills
• High level of independent problem solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative
How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Monique Paproski, Human Resources Administrator, at hr@sk.johnhoward.ca by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

 

Myth:  I can still get a pardon for my past criminal record.

 

Fact:  In 2012 Federal legislation was passed changing the term Pardon to Record Suspension. Changes were also made on the waiting periods to receive a record suspension and on the eligibility.

 

 

What is a Record Suspension?

 

A Record Suspension (formerly called a pardon) is an order that keeps a person’s criminal record (of convictions) separate and apart from other criminal records. This means a person’s convictions will not be revealed on criminal record checks. It does not erase a criminal record.

Record suspensions allow people who have made positive life changes to be freed from many of the negative impacts of having a criminal record. People have the right not to be discriminated against because of a criminal conviction for which they have received a record suspension.

The Parole Board of Canada is responsible for granting, denying and revoking record suspensions. If a record suspension is related to a sexual offence, the file will be ‘flagged’ in the RCMP system and will still be revealed on a vulnerable sector check.

 

Who is eligible?

 

As of 2012, you are no longer eligible for a record suspension if you have been convicted of:

 a Schedule 1 Offence (sexual offence involving a child) under the Criminal Records Act;

 more than three (3) offences prosecuted by indictment each with a prison sentence of two (2) years or more.

 

You can apply for a pardon only if you meet all 3 of the following conditions. There are no exceptions.

  1. You have completed your sentence, meaning you completed paying any fines, surcharges, compensation and restitution orders, completed any probation orders or conditional sentence, and served all of your sentence including parole/ statutory release;
  2. You have met the required wait times:

 5 years for a summary offence (or a service of-fence under the National Defense Act); or

 10 years for an indictable offence (or a service offence under the National Defense Act for which you were fined more than $5,000, detained or imprisoned for more than 6 months).

  1. You have been of ‘good conduct,’ have not been convicted of any new offences, and have no new charges or outstanding fees (including traffic tickets).

 

How do I apply?

 

Get a Record Suspension Application Guide and Form from the Parole Board of Canada. Print one out from:

www.pbc-clcc.gc.ca

The application process is described in the Application Guide. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully. The process involves:

 Getting your criminal record from the RCMP and local police service for the city or town where you live now (your current address) AND for each city or town where you have lived during the last 5 years (if you lived in that city or town for 3 months or more)

 Being fingerprinted

 Paying an application fee ($631 as of May 2012)

 

Depending on your conviction and sentence, you may also need to submit your Court Information, Proof of Conviction, Military Conduct Sheet or Immigration documents. There are costs associated with obtaining these documents.

If you have submitted your application after February 2012, the Parole Board of Canada will generally make a decision about your application within 6 months for summary offences, and within 12 months for indictable offences.

(Source John Howard Society of Ontario)

 

For more information on a Record Suspension click on the below link.

https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board/services/record-suspensions.html

 

 

 

Greg Fleet

Chief Executive Officer

John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

Myth: The John Howard Society is preoccupied with offenders and offers very little to victims.

Fact: The John Howard Society is a strong advocate of Restorative Justice. Restorative justice is an approach to justice that personalizes the crime by having the victims and the offenders mediate a restitution agreement to the satisfaction of each, as well as involving the community. This contrasts to more punitive approaches where the main aim is retributive justice or to satisfy abstract legal principles.
Victims take an active role in the process. Meanwhile, offenders take meaningful responsibility for their actions, taking the opportunity to right their wrongs and redeem themselves, in their own eyes and in the eyes of the community. In addition, the restorative justice approach aims to help the offender to avoid future offenses.
Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender has shown the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability.
(Source – Wikipedia)

Our Moose Jaw branch recently completed a Victim / Offender Mediation, through the Alternative Measures Program, relating to a theft under $5000.00 charge. The mediation was most successful with both parties being able to address concerns with the victim receiving restitution for the stolen item. The accused was very happy to be able to apologize in person, as these events were out of character for him. The offender was using heavily, when the offence occurred, and the victim was able to see that the theft wasn’t personal. During our follow-up with the offender we were told that the two of them are now friends on Facebook, having continued positive contact with each other. The victim was the one that reached out to the offender and added him as a ‘friend’. Our client stated, ‘Isn’t that crazy, we are now friends’.

For more information on Restorative Justice please click on the below link.
http://www.johnhoward.on.ca/…/facts-28-restorative-justice-…

Greg Fleet
Chief Executive Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

Myth:

Most people who go to prison will spend most of their lives there.

Fact:

It is estimated that over 90% of people who are sent to prison will eventually be released to the community.
Unfortunately, there are many who will re-offend, especially when they have not been treated for mental illness and/or addictions.
Approx. 80% of those incarcerated have mental health and/or addiction problems. This tells us that treatment and rehabilitation are critical to reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and instill confidence within our corrections system. People are sent to prison as punishment, not to be punished! The absence of effective programming and lack of resources to deal with mental health and addiction issues contribute immensely to those that re-offend once released.
Effective, Just & Humane treatment of those being incarcerated will result in safer communities.

Greg Fleet
Chief Executive Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

Myth or Fact

Myth:

The John Howard Society is opposed to Solitary Confinement.

Fact:

The John Howard Society is committed to effective, just and humane corrections.
Serious and detrimental effects on mental and physical health from solitary confinement and segregation are well documented.

John Howard Society seeks restrictions on the use of solitary confinement, segregation, and seclusion in all Canadian penitentiaries, correctional facilities, jails and detention centres and specifically that:
(a) consistent with the recommendations of the Coroner’s jury in the Ashley Smith Inquest,
periods of solitary confinement be limited to a maximum of 15-day periods separated by at least 5 days not in solitary confinement and no more than a total of 60 days be spent in solitary confinement in a calendar year;
(b) solitary confinement be prohibited for those with serious or acute mental illness; and
(c) access to judicial review of a prisoner’s solitary confinement be provided.

For further information please follow the link below.
http://johnhoward.ca/…/Special-Resolution-Solitary-Confinem…

Crime and Unemployment: What’s the link?

The rates of unemployment of those entering prisons, compared to the general population, illustrate the strong relationship between employment and crime. One study showed that 75% of those admitted to federal institutions were assessed as having some or considerable difficulty in the area of employment. The latest Canadian data indicate that both sentenced and remanded prisoners show dramatically high unemployment rates at admission of over 40%, while the national rate is normally between 6 and 7%.
Further to this correlation, researchers have identified unemployment as a significant risk factor for criminal activity and property crime in particular. Interesting evidence of this is found in Statistics Canada’s examination of crime and the broader labour market. The data below suggest that unemployment and property crime have been closely synchronized over the last 40 years.
These relationships, while significant and correlative, do not prove causality nor tell the whole story – after all, most unemployed people do not resort to crime. There are a myriad of predictive factors that interact to increase the likelihood that someone will commit crime.
Indeed, lack of employment may be entangled with the interrelated issues of education, literacy and learning delays. The relationship between employment and criminal behaviour can also be influenced by a variety of other social and health and factors, such as addictions, mental health concerns, developmental disabilities such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, poverty, discrimination and lack of stable housing.
Educational is a prime example of this interaction. Educational attainment has a clear relationship with stability and quality of employment, with, for example, unemployment rates in the general public being 12% for those with less than high school level education and 4% for those with university degrees, in 2006. Workers with less than a high school education unsurprisingly have significantly lower earnings on average.
It is also clear that educational attainment is related to criminality. While the 2006 census showed that 15% of the general population had not completed high school (with the concentration of this group being people over 55 years), the latest data show that more than half of those in custody have not graduated from high school. Given the increasing demand for higher levels of education and skill in the Canadian labour market, these low rates of educational achievement within the prisoner population underscore the need for employment-related interventions for those at risk of involvement in the criminal jus-tice system.
While the research in this area continues to clarify the nature of the relationship between crime and employment, we can confidently conclude that they are closely related. Offering client services that increase potential for stable employment for those at risk of future or further involvement in the criminal justice system can only have a positive impact on reducing criminal behavior.
(Source – John Howard Society of Ontario)

Greg Fleet
Chief Executive Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

The looming shutdown of Saskatchewan Transportation Company could leave newly-released prisoners out in the cold, according to one of the province’s leading advocates for prison reform.

Announced in Wednesday’s provincial budget, the publicly-owned bus service is set to dissolve on May 31. While the province expects the move to generate significant savings, Greg Fleet, CEO of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, said the closure could also create headaches for newly-released prisoners who in many cases have not been convicted.

“It will create some challenges for inmates, either finishing their sentence or those that are on remand in the provincial system, to return to their northern communities,” Fleet told paNOW. “We’re not sure how those challenges are going to be met, but it’s definitely going to create some hardships.”

Fleet said prisoners taken to Prince Albert to be held in custody while they await court appearances are typically given a bus ticket or alternate transportation home upon their release. Remanded prisoners have not been found guilty of a crime, Fleet noted, and often come from remote communities.

“There’s going to be some very unique challenges, especially because a lot of the people that are serving time in Prince Albert Correctional Centre are from the northern part of our province,” Fleet said. “Returning those people home is going to be difficult, and we just don’t know what response the [Ministry] of Justice will have in place to cover off the loss of STC.”

Fleet said it was possible some newly-released inmates will simply remain in Prince Albert after their release due to a lack of transportation, which he said is concerning as it would separate them from their families and other supports they would receive in their home communities.

An alternative to STC must be made available, Fleet said, but options are scarce as private bus companies may not be willing to take a financial hit by adopting STC’s northern routes and taxis are almost never an option for long trips.

“There’s really no easy solution to this,” Fleet said. “But one needs to be found.”

Speaking at a luncheon in Prince Albert Friday, Provincial Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said the various issues created by the closure of STC, including its impact on newly-released prisoners, will need to be addressed individually as they arise.

“As we identify those kinds of concerns, if there’s an opportunity to do something to alleviate those concerns, we’ll take a look at that,” Doherty said, but noted there were no provisions made in the recently-tabled budget for alternative transportation.

Doherty said STC staff has done good work serving Saskatchewan residents for many years, but the business model was unsustainable and tough choices had to be made. The province, Doherty said, decided the $85 to $100 million used annually to subsidize STC would be better spent in the education, healthcare and social services systems.

Private transportation services will likely step up to fill the vacuum left by STC, Doherty said, as will charitable organizations and service clubs. The province will address any problems created by the closure on a case-by-case basis, he said.

“We’ll just have to play this out,” Doherty said.