The West Bend Community Association
Minutes from April 18, 2012
Chair: Tim Noronha Minutes: Des McComish
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
In Attendance: Tim, Des, Stuart, Joel, Joey, Johanne, Shannon, Chloe, Aaron, Janice, Jacob,
1. Presentation by Sherri Rousell, Director of the Keele Correctional Centre at Keele and Annette
- The all-male Centre has 40 beds with no plans to increase that number. It is one of three such facilities in Ontario – the others are in Kingston & Hamilton. There are also other halfway house facilities run by organizations such as the Salvation Army and St. Leonard’s.
- There will be no more than ten sex offenders at KCC at a time. They are very closely monitored and their movements restricted as to where they can go e.g. playgrounds are off-limits.
- KCC staff has little or no choice/discretion in the prisoners sent there.
- Public safety is the prime concern; KCC operates in close liaison with 11 Division. Parolees earn privileges gradually and can have them retracted.
- The KCC offers on-site counseling and other support services to help released offenders successfully re-enter the community. The more structure & support offered, the greater the rehabilitation success
- Canada has statutory release after two-thirds of a sentence has been served. Offenders can earn parole earlier than the two thirds point but more are coming out of prison now at the two thirds mark, perhaps because they didn’t qualify for or apply for early parole.
- The Post Office is slowly moving out of the Keele-Annette building and some more Corrections administrative functions may move in but there is no increase planned in the numbers of offenders sent there.
- An offender’s first 3 months at the Centre are critical to his successful re-integration.
- There is a CAC or Citizens Advisory Committee that has 3 local members; the CAC provides feedback to the Centre and also advocates on its behalf.
- 11 Division also runs a CPLC or Community Policing Liaison Committee and residents are encouraged to join
- The KCC accepts/needs donations of good quality men’s clothing, books, CD’s, sporting equipment.
- It is difficult for the KCC parolees to obtain employment so if anyone or a local business can assist that would be appreciated. TWBCA could advise KCC of possible volunteer opportunities in the community.
2. Approval of March Minutes
Joey moved to approve the Minutes, seconded by Jacob
3. Membership and recruitment
The redesigned membership application form is now embedded on the website.
- Joey has drafted a flyer to promote the WBCA and will polish it up shortly.
- It would help drive membership if the WBCA could present to an upcoming Indian Rd Cr. Public School PTA Parent Teacher Association meeting.
- Wanda Street party will be held Saturday June 9th so we should set up a table to promote the WBCA to attendees and attract new members; volunteers will be needed to man the table.
- Consider printing 500 TWBCA business cards and flyers to hand out at the street party and other events.
- 4. TWBCA website
We have updated the website and set up a WordPress working group with the goal of further improving and continually updating the website so that it remains fresh and relevant. Joel Citulski will co-ordinate its efforts and organize a group meeting.
5. Annual General Meeting
In March Joey made a motion that we hold our annual general meeting, election of officers etc in October and the motion duly passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 9.00 pm: Moved: Joel Seconded: Joey