Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

December 17, 2008 13:51 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Former Federal Offender Receives Award

STONY MOUNTAIN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) - Former inmate Rene Durocher was presented the Pierre Allard Award by Member of Parliament Ms. Shelly Glover (Saint Boniface) on behalf of Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan during a ceremony held within Stony Mountain Institution on December 15, 2008.

Mr. Durocher served more than 24 years as an inmate in federal penitentiaries. He eventually earned parole consideration and returned to the community approximately 17 years ago. Since that time, he has made significant and positive contributions to the community in such a way as to serve as an inspiration for others. In 1994, Mr. Durocher gained employment as an In-Reach Worker with the Lifeline Program. Through Lifeline, former inmates who have successfully reintegrated into the community despite serving life sentences work in institutions to develop programs for lifers; help motivate offenders while incarcerated and during reintegration; and contribute to public safety. In June of 2000, Mr. Durocher became the National Resource Coordinator for the Lifeline Program.

Mr. Durocher has been a devoted advocate of crime prevention and restorative justice strategies and has served as a volunteer with the John Howard Society of Manitoba, a contributor to the National Resource Group Task Force Report on Lifers and Long-Term Offenders in Canada, a member of the Canadian and Manitoba Criminal Justice Associations and as a founding board member of the Association in the Defence of the Wrongly Accused in Manitoba. In December 2004, Mr. Durocher received the John Howard Society of Canada Humanitarian Service Award. He has made more than 500 presentations in Manitoba schools through his Accent on Youth Program, which is designed to assist youth from making decisions that could lead them to incarceration. He continues to contribute to the betterment of inmates and society through his work with the Manitoba chapter of the St. Leonard's Society as Volunteer Coordinator at Stony Mountain Institution.

The Pierre Allard Award was established in 2006 to honour former Correctional Service of Canada Assistant Commissioner Reverend Doctor Pierre Allard and his commitment to furthering the development of the field of restorative justice and community engagement. The award is presented annually to a former federal offender who has lived as a law-abiding citizen for at least 10 years, who has been identified by the community as a person of integrity and strength, and as someone who has been identified as a model citizen who has made significant contributions to the community through their service to the public.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Services of Canada
    Guy Langlois
    Assistant Warden Management Services
    Stony Mountain Institution
    (204) 344-5111