Episode Summary

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love for her child. It’s fierce. Protective. The perfect mix of strength and softness blended together. On today’s episode, two mothers share their stories about what it’s like to have a child in prison and the lengths they will go to support them. We explore the impact of incarceration on families, specifically in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and the love a mother has for her son.

You can listen at the following link, or download anywhere you listen to podcasts: https://knowjustice.simplecast.com/episodes/love-in-the-time-of-covid

Episode Notes

Special thanks to Julie Paul and Stella Cote for sharing their stories with us. Their courage is inspiring and we stand with you.

Thank you to Night Kinistino for your incredible poetry reading. It was beautiful, and we are grateful!

Credit to Jayda Taylor and CTV News Saskatoon for the audio news clip about the riot at Prince Albert Correctional Centre.

You can read more about the protest here: Mothers return to Regina Correctional Centre, dance in support of inmates.

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During Restorative Justice Week, we are highlighting community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Helen Smith-McIntrye has been a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised and downtrodden throughout her life. We’ve chosen to honour her as we’ve seen her efforts to bring justice to the people we serve and the communities she is part of.

Helen Smith-McIntyre

Helen spent 20 years employed in the field at Saskatoon Community Mediation Services, living the philosophy of restorative justice by putting it into practice each and every day. She continues to follow that passion for mediation work as a volunteer with St. Thomas Wesley United Church, where she helps to facilitate a Restorative Justice circle.

Helen also has a passion for supporting refugees, having spent time as Chair of the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition and as a trainer with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. Helen has also spent time as Chair of the Saskatchewan Restorative Justice Network, leading and coordinating efforts to bring Restorative Justice principles and practices to our Province. She has also worked with Amnesty International, a global non-profit focused on fighting injustice and for human rights.

Saskatchewan would not be what it is without Helen Smith-McIntyre. Thank you, Helen, for all that you mean to our Province and the city of Saskatoon!

During Restorative Justice Week, we are highlighting community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Today, we are pleased to recognize the husband and wife team of Richard (not pictured) and Susan Ulmer of Susan Ulmer Addiction Services. They run one of our key partner agencies in Regina, connecting clients to support when they are ready to address their addiction issues. SUAS is a 22-Day Intensive Outpatient Treatment program. This program is designed to allow clients to attend school, work or look after their families. This program deals with your guilts and resentments, drinking and using history, and the cost of your addiction. The Outpatient program is followed by a 20-hour Relapse Prevention Program. This program is designed to deal with people, places, and things that can take the client back out using. Their mission is to provide confidential, compassionate treatment and to allow clients the ability to heal and become a proactive member of society.

Richard and Susan support our mutual clients free of charge through their Addiction and Relapse Prevention programming! The way they support their clients is remarkable. Richard and Susan are very professional and caring individuals. They create great relationships with the people they serve and we regularly hear how well everyone is treated during their time with this agency! They have not stopped serving their clients throughout this pandemic, recognizing how important it is for their clients to get the counseling and support that they offer!

We have partnered with them in our Liberty Lodge Justice Housing program, connecting clients to their services, as well as offering space in our housing program for their clients. Richard and Susan are amazing people that offer so much for the community and very much deserve praise for the work they do. Thank you Richard and Susan Ulmer!

During Restorative Justice Week, we want to highlight community champions that embody the principles and practice of restorative justice in our Province.

Edna Bruce has lived in Prince Albert her entire life. She has been married to her husband Jim for 43 years, and has 3 children that are all grown up, along with 13 grandkids and 2 great grandkids!

Edna Bruce

She has worked at the YWCA Prince Albert for 32 years and has been managing the Our House program the past 13 years. Edna is such an asset to the community of Prince Albert. She works with those living in homelessness and offers her support and guidance to those in need of housing. Edna is kind, caring, and fair. She is a generous soul who has a heart of gold, and shares this with everyone she meets.

Thank you for being a champion for Restorative Justice, Edna! You are very deserving of this recognition, and are grateful to call you a partner of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan!

On behalf of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (the “Corporation”) is called for and will be held at by Video Conference on the 26th day of June, 2020 at the hour of 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. for the following purposes:

  1. To receive the financial statement summary and Annual Report of the Corporation for the financial year ending March 31, 2020
  2. To elect Directors of the Corporation
  3. To re-appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year
  4. To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.

To join us, please register at the following link:
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan 2020 Annual General Meeting

We will send out the Cisco Webex meeting ID to those who registered before the event.