Executive Assistant – Provincial Office
Type of employment: Part-time term
Posting Date: June 21 to July 3, 2017
Start Date: July 17, 2017
Hours of work: 20 hours per week

Qualifications:
• Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related experience
• 3 – 5 Years’ experience in public or private sector administration
• Experience in working with community based nonprofit sector
• Experience with Boards of Directors, board governance and standing committees

Roles and Responsibilities:

Provide administrative support to the Board of Directors
• Together with the CEO, facilitate communication and relevant information sharing between JHSS Operations and JHSS Board of Directors
• Act as recording secretary for Board of Directors and Board Committees
• Coordinate agendas and materials for advance distribution to Board of Directors (quarterly), and Committees (monthly, semi-annually).
• Coordinate on behalf of Provincial Office, materials and activities related to Annual General Meeting (June)
• Support committee planning and implementation of annual Board Retreat/Strategic Planning
• Support the development, editing and maintenance of Board Policies and procedures, the JHSS Governance Manual, and other documents as required
• Facilitate Board of Directors annual reporting requirement to John Howard Society of Canada
• Coordinate travel arrangements/ expenses for Board of Directors
• Provide writing and edit functions for Board Directors’ writings and reports
• Update the Board of Directors SharePoint
• Other duties/special projects as assigned by the Board of Directors

Provide administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer
• Recording secretary for stakeholder/executive/ management meetings
• Provide edit and writing functions for CEO/JHSS reporting, briefings and correspondence
• Coordinate and/or contribute to the following:
o JHSS ENDS reporting documents (Quarterly)
o Assist CEO with JHS Canada Annual reporting and Renewals as required (August-September)
o Provincial web-site monitoring for edits and updates in collaboration with Communications Consultant and Branches
o Assist HR Administrator with SK Human Rights Commission -Employment Equity Partner Annual Reporting – (May-June)
o Research and analysis as required
• Other duties/projects as assigned by the CEO

Provide administrative support to Provincial Office /Branch Functions

• Work in partnership with Provincial Office staff on assignments and special projects as required (Strategic Development)
• Responsible for JHSS Operations Policy review, revisions and development as required
• Provide Policy support to Provincial Staff as required
• Monitor JHSS funding agreements for compliance and quality assurance; proposals, deliverables, reporting and outcome analysis, in collaboration with JHSS Management
• Support JHSS Management in ensuring funding agreement compliance
• Coordinate JHSS Provincial Office and Branch Office ENDS reporting (Quarterly)
• Collaborate with Branch Executive Directors, Provincial Office and Communications Consultant to foster positive and effective communications ( JHSS Newsletter, JHSS Annual Report, Staff Communiques, JHSS Events, promotions and education activities)
• Lend support to the Funds Development Committee
• Perform Other duties/special projects as required

How to Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Hiring Committee at hr@sk.johnhoward.ca

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Seeking Directors for John Howard Society of Saskatchewan Board of Directors.
Who Are We?

• The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS) is a nonprofit charitable organization accredited through the John Howard Society of Canada
• Receives core funding to provide support programs to youth, victims of crime, offenders in transition and families.

What do we Do?

• Deliver services in collaboration with the communities of Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon
• Recognized for progressive practice methods and advocacy in the areas of crime prevention, social justice and the criminal justice system.

What do we Need?

• Candidates with skills and experience in legal, human resources, fundraising and finance
• Candidates with previous experience in the non-profit sector
• Candidates who possess a commitment to community service, willing to contribute to a team environment and able to direct the affairs of the Society and its CEO

What can you Expect ?

• Abide by a Governance model comprised of 13 volunteer Directors
• Offer expertise in directing the affairs of the Society and its CEO
• Attend Board Meetings quarterly in Regina.
• Participate in committee work related to Governance, Audit and Finance, Human Resources and Strategic Development
• Spend 7 -10 hours per month attending meetings, conference calls and performing committee work

Who do you Contact for more Information?

• JHSS Executive Assistant 306-584-2115 or hr@sk.johnhoward.ca

• Deadline for current applications is June 9, 2017, and ongoing.

Greg Fleet
Chief Executive Officer
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan

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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 Fine Option Program has little community value.

Fact:

The Fine Option program provides an opportunity for people to work off traffic and parking tickets in the community.

In the three cities we service, over 84,000 community service hours were performed at 112 different non-profit community agencies.

Many of our placement agencies rely heavily on the free labor provided by the Fine Option program in delivering effective, just and humane services to our communities.

Statistics from our 2016 / 2017 fiscal year:

Regina:
984 Traffic Safety Act & Parking Ticket Placements, on 1301 Fines. Community Service Hours 27,296
There are 44 Community Placement Agencies in Regina.

Saskatoon:
2127 Traffic Safety Act & Parking Ticket Placements, on 2,376 Fines. Community Service Hours 52,170
There are 51 Community Placement Agencies in Saskatoon.

Moose Jaw:
167 Traffic Safety Act & Parking Ticket Placements, on 231 Fines. Community Service Hours 5,186
There are 17 Community Placement Agencies in Moose Jaw.

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.