Corrections Connections

CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS ROUNDUP

SECONDS & INCHES – 2023

ID 285 909 9992

Password 427248

Meeting Minutes- Dec. 7th, 2022

Start time:  6:45 pm

Attending: Clifford T, Spencer P, Myrna P, Celine C, Jim R, Gail S & Michelle F

Purpose of this event- To attract more volunteers

Event time- 9:00am to 9:00pm (with a soft opening)

CHAIR- Clifford T

CO-CHAIR- Spencer P

SECRETARY- Celine C

TREASURER- TBD- Michelle said she may be able to fill this role. Clifford said the treasurer would be busy on the day of- this would be a two-person job.

  • Budget prep for next meeting- Clifford to circulate proposed budget for 2020 to give us a sense of cost. Will come up with budget for next month.

THEME NAME

Theme- Seconds & Inches

Sub Theme

  • How Can I Help?

AL ANON

Speaker- TBD- Gail S (Public Outreach Coordinator for Al-Anon BC/Yukon)- 1 hour allocated- she will ask her committee if they have an idea of who would be a good fit or if they would like a Panel and will come back to us.

REGISTRATION- TBD

Budget- Position entails keeping track of ticket sales on day of. Will need to count up previous lanyards and order more as needed.

COFFEE MAKERS- TBD

  • Budget?

COMMUNICATIONS- Rick C.

  • POSTER- Proposed template included with meeting agenda.

Confirmed- Celine, Spencer & Clifford phone numbers on the poster.

Michelle suggested that we create a general email alias that we can add to the poster where we can manage ticket inquiries via email: Group agreed this was a good option. Michelle has since created two aliases for the group to choose from- correctionsroundup2023@gmail.com or correctionsconnectionsroundup@gmail.com.

  • Myrna suggested we also mention the raffle on the tickets and poster.
  • TICKETS
    • What to do with 2020 Tickets that were not refunded;
      • Tickets must be credited towards and changed over to the new ticket at least 30 days prior to the event. This will allow us to keep track of confirmed attendance numbers.
    • Cost to be decided- $25.00?
    • Ticket to include dinner.
    • Clifford proposed increasing the cost to $25.00
    • Spencer asked what cost is involved in putting this event on- 150-200 people- food would be aprox. $1,500., decorations- $150., venue rental- $200., event insurance- $80., lanyards- $75-$100., inside members- $X.XX for lunch or whatever they need.
    • The consensus of the group is that $25.00 would be the minimum to ensure we are allowing sufficient funds available to cover cost of event.
    • Celine- $25.00, Myrna- $25.00, Michelle- $25.00, Gail- $25.00, Clifford $25.00, Jim- $25.00
  • RECORDING – Ted S.
    • Will be posted on District 45 website and can be on others if they so wish
    • Recording Audio Only
    • Myrna asked if there is a charge and Clifford confirmed there would not be.

CONCESSION – Maggie R- District 45 Events Committee

  • They will get to keep their profits.
  • Water, pop, snacks, etc.

DECORATING

Budget

FOOD

  • DINNER – Patience W
    • BudgetClifford said Patience has said it will cost approx. $10. a plate.
    • Supplied by S&I Roundup Committee
    • Menu & Cost
    • Dessert is by Pot Luck- Michelle suggested we mention this on the ticket as well as the poster.
    • Ice Cream can be provided by S&I Committee- Myrna suggested that she will bring ice cream for the potluck, and all agreed that ice cream doesn’t need to be provided by the committee.
    • Michelle mentioned that if we are having a potluck we will need to think about plates. Myrna mentioned a walk through would be helpful.
  • LUNCH – minimal charge (extra)
    • They get to keep their profits
    • Clifford mentioned that back in 2019- District 45 took this on.
    • Gail said there is a company that you can order online through a food distribution program that offers an option to order it and have it brought in.
    • Clifford said ideally, we can offer lunch to keep people there.
    • Myrna asked if we could do a food truck.
    • Conversation to be continued.
  • ICE CREAM SOCIAL
    • Supplied by S&I Roundup Committee – it was decided not to.   Myrna and others may   bring ice cream for potluck.

PROGRAM

  • Follow previous format – somewhat?
  • TRIVIA GAME? Clifford mentioned they had corrections trivia in the last one they gave out chocolate for prizes.
  • COUNT DOWN- Yes

SPEAKERS

  • MAIN
    • A.A. – Gerry W. from 2020
    • Theresa O- Confirmed that the group would like to have her as a speaker as well.
    • Al-Anon– Gail asked if they could hold an Al-Anon meeting (or two) in addition to having the speaker. Clifford said we could ask if we could pay extra to book an additional room- thought there could be a space that would hold approx. 12 people. Clifford confirmed he will investigate options.
  • PANELS
    • Please see 2020 program as a reference?

RAFFLE-

  • There are many Items on hand from the canceled 2020 S&I RU
  • Tickets go into a Bag by purchaser and then drawn
    • Cost per ticket and/or bunch e.g. 1 for x dollar or 6 for xx dollars or 13 for xxx dollars? You buy tickets and put them in the draw for the item you want.

SET UP – Michelle F (Celine C – in Assistance)

  • DOWNSTAIRS
  • UPSTAIRS
  • BATHROOM SUPPLIES – GARBAGE
  • 12 Steps – 12 Traditions – 12 Concepts (Scrolls) These need to be borrowed from somewhere
  • Tables:
    • Al-Anon Display
    • Corrections Display
    • Concession 
    • Lunch Tickets
    • Raffle Display
    • Registration
    • Volunteer Sign Up- Clifford said this is very important- capture the names and then need to follow up soon after.

OTHER– Q&A

Michelle asked what is involved as the treasurer.

Clifford explained that the treasurer  was very busy on the day of.

You have to keep the cans clear, ticket money/registration, raffle money and coffee donation money potentially (by donation).

These monies are kept separate to help with accounting

Account is at Envision- you would deposit all money there. It is all on the day of. Would keep track of the budget (excel spread sheet), take receipts would then submit to Myrna for reimbursement.

Michelle mentioned that we could use more volunteers- Clifford said that the day of people do tend to show up. Myrna mentioned that they could add something to the poster that references that volunteer positions are available.

Jim said he would bring this up at the District 39 (Abbotsford) district meeting & Myrna said she would mention this at District 43 (Langley) district meeting.

Clifford will send out 2020 budget to this Committee (those in attendance)

We will plan a Walk through for everyone’s benefit

Next S&I RU Meetings:

28 NOV 2022 6 pm

11 JAN 2023 6 pm

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

AGENDA
CORRECTIONS CONNECTION
Wednesday, December 7 th , 2022 – 6:00 pm
Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248


MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of: Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.


Moment of Silence
Serenity Prayer

Attendance:
Regrets:
R E G U L A R B U S I N E S S
Reports:
1) Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: Nancy A.
2) Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T
3) “SECONDS & INCHES” Corrections Roundup – March 25 th , 2023 in Abbotsford
4) District Reports
5) LIVE meetings in the Upper Fraser Valley:
6) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society (G V I S) Corrections
7) What’s happening in Corrections?
8) BC/Yukon Area 79 updates:
9) Passing It On – Clifford T
OLD BUSINESS
Corrections Connections has a vacancy for Co-Chair – Tabled
2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled
Master Volunteer List – Progress Report
NEW BUSINESS:

  1. New Secretary
  2. New Treasurer
  3. New signing officers for Banking
    Next Meeting: January 4 th , 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION
I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that: I am responsible.

Wednesday December 7th, 2022 – 6:00 pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

___________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Start time: 6:02 pm

Attendance: Clifford T., Myrna P., Nancy A., Gail S. Celine C., Michelle F., Spencer P., Jim R.

Regrets: Davena W., Aloha Mike

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

  1. Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: Nancy A.

Motion: Nancy A./Clifford T.  Myrna P. to become a signer to replace Nancy A. (All in favour)

Motion: To change the name of the UFVAA Corrections Committee to  Corrections Connections committee. Clifford/Myrna (All in favour)

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.  November, 2022 Pen Pal Plus Report

In November we have had one request for a Pen Pal from Agassiz which has been fulfilled.

One letter of ongoing correspondence was forwarded to an outside male member on November 7th. There is no activity from female inside members and no new requests.

Pacific Institution Big Book Study: 14 inside members seeking support of which 7 have been fulfilled by outside members.  Jim R is in correspondence with the members as support for working a set of steps.

In love and service,

Davena

3) Corrections Connections Roundup:

  • Saturday March 25th, 2023 at Level Ground Church 31216 King Road in Abbotsford, BC
  • We Created an S&I Corrections RU Committee and will meet after this meeting.                                         We still need some more Committee Chairs

4)  District Reports:

D 39   Abbotsford –  Jim R., attended some Virtual meetings at the National Corrections Round up in Chicago. Inspirational. Alvin N. will step up as District Corrections Chair. Jim will stay on as volunteer coordinator.  Has sent $50 for the Pen Pal Plus post box rental.  Jim is putting his name forward for GSR New Beginning group at Pacific Institution.  Working with Davena on PPP applications. 14 pen pals. Starting up in Matsqui again this coming Tuesday. He will be volunteering. Monday night meetings starting with Tom H., starting first Friday in January.

Myrna P reported that November had five Tuesdays. There was no meeting on November 8th due to volunteer illness. AND no meeting 29th November because of Influenza breakout at FVI. 3 meetings at Medium were held with four Inside Members attending each week. No meetings at (FVI – Minimum) due to current small population and lack of interest. The Medium AA women are very welcoming and appreciative. There are some women who will be paroled shortly so population will change. December 6th meeting also canceled and we await the all-clear to go back in.
Literature is adequate.
Love and Service

D 44  Mission –  Spencer P. – reported. Going well. Continue to get into the institution when they can. Not a huge turn out but its been good. One Pre-Release will be submitted.

D 45   Chilliwack – Clifford T

Kent Institution (Max)

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to have activity with 2 or 3 people

Friday at 1 – 3 pm 1st hr regular meeting 2nd hr Step meeting

Mountain Institution (Medium)

Covid has kept us out last week and this week

We got the Malayalam (East Indian) literature from the General Service Office.

Because of our A.A. Community Contact, he is able to communicate with two individuals from the Edmonton area in his native language.

5) LIVE meetings in the Upper Fraser Valley: Clifford repored.

Please keep in mind that to attend a Provincial Correctional Centre, you MUST be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before entering the site (at this time).

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (FMCC) (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6 – 7 pm     Regular AA meeting

Fraser Valley Institution (FVI) (for Women)

Freedom from Within group

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village (KHV)

Blueberry Hill group

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Matsqui Institution

Survivors group

Starting December 13th

Tuesday  7 pm

Mission Medium Institution

New Horizons group (6 co-hort Living Units alternating)

Sunday 1:30 pm

Sunday 2:30 pm

Mission Minimum Institution

Mountain View group (2 co-hort Living Units alternating)

Friday 7 pm

Mountain Institution (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

Friday 6:00 pm LU2

Friday 7:30 pm LU 3&4

Pacific Institution (PI)

New Beginning group (2 co-hort groups)

Monday 7 pm

Pacific Institution – Regional Referral & Assessment Centre (RRAC)

Friday should be starting soon?

  • Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society (G V I S) Corrections –  Aloha Friends, I usually am not available for your meeting tonight and hope you accept this brief note on how Intergroup is doing.

Surrey Pretrial

2 meetings a week Sunday mid afternoon with soon to be 2 volunteers attending,

and Monday with 1 volunteer going in at 6-7:15 pm( last night 10 men present)

North Fraser Pretrial

1 man attending the Virtual Thursday AM Meeting with 3-4 inside members

Also 2-3 men expecting final clearance for in person meetings any day now.

ACCW

Chaplain J. Kim is accepting scan documents for clearance.  Cathy L. is helping with this .

Fraser Regional

1 man attending a Monday meeting with just 1-2 inside members present

Ford Mountain ( To be supplied by Clifford Please)

Monthly Meeting had a total of 6 people come and go with new interest by some people new to this service.

Round -Up Netted approximately $ 5,000 in donations with a list of 27 volunteers signed up

I am quite behind on my emails to prospective Volunteers and am in desperate need of back up, this is becoming urgent

Y.I.S.

Aloha Mike

  • On November 5th CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS had a Corrections Display Table and had Volunteer Sign Up Sheets. We had 27 people sign up and here is the results of 25 the 27 respondents

STATS as of 2022 11 15                  EMAIL LISTS

Prov                       Fed                        GVIS      CORR CONN (CC)

18                           20                           25           25

7) What’s happening in Corrections?

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm

08 Dec          7 pm      Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Wed, Monthly – 7 pm                                                                  21 Dec                7 pm      Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT)

25 Dec          6 pm      Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • (GVIS) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm              

06 Jan           7 pm      Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues             3:30 pm               Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                               First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday            Zoom ID: 841 1036 5604 Pass: 223531
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

8) BC/Yukon Area 79 updates – Gerry H is the new incoming Corrections Chair. Clifford reached out to him on behalf of this committee. Assembly in D43 Langley, BC  Saturday January 6th & 7th at Southridge Church.  Please go to http://www.bcyukonaa.org for full details

9) Passing It On – tabled

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Corrections Connections has a vacancy for Co-Chair – Tabled
  2. 2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled
  3. A.A. Corrections Lead Hand – Attachments handed out
  4. Master Volunteer List – We now have a current list of 101 names

FEDERAL INSTITUTIONS

Fraser Valley Institution (FVI) for Women

12           Reliability Status

21           Pending

04           Unknown

Kent Institution

03           Reliability Status

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

05           Reliability Status

02           Pending

Matsqui Institution

03           Reliability Status

Mission Minimum & Medium Institution

07           Reliability Status

03           Pending

Mountain Institution

03           Reliability Status

Pacific Institution (PI)

10           Reliability Status

10           Pending

01           Unknown

Ford Mountain Provincial Correctional Centre

02           Cleared

01           Pending

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Corrections Connections need a Secretary and a new Treasurer
  2. Myrna to become new signing officer.
  3. Level Ground church needs $200 rent, $50-80 for insurance which will come out of the Bank Account.

Meeting adjourned at:  6:50

Next Meeting: January 4th, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere,

reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. to always be there.

MINUTES

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday SEPTEMBER 7th, 2022 – 6:00pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

____________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

6:03 pm

Attendance: Adrian W, Myrna P, Don V, Clifford T, Spencer P, Ed B, Jim R, Aloha Mike

Regrets: Nancy A, Davena T, Frank W

***GUEST SPEAKER – Corrections Volunteer ADRIAN W from Birmingham, England***

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: Nancy A.

Secretary – We currently have 160 on our contact list

Treasurer – No activity since last meeting. Balance remains the same at $640.83

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.

It has been a quiet August at the mailbox.  I have had one return letter to a Pen Pal volunteer.  I was particularly happy to see this one as this volunteer has been very dedicated in taking on new Pen Pal requests.

We have had two new requests for Pen Pals.  One fellow was hoping for a Pen Pal from Victoria, which we have so far been unable to fulfill.  I will send out another request today without the Victoria specification.

Both Pen Pal requests have been sent out a first letter, written by Frank, which briefly explains the AA program and gives a little bit of his story. I do my best to get that letter into the mail immediately.

We have not had any interest from new volunteers wanting to join up although I do try to announce the need at meetings I attend.

3)  District Reports:

D 44  Mission  

Mission Minimum Institution – Mountain View group

Continues to happen on Friday’s with two cohort groups taking turns.

Mission Medium Institution – New Horizons group

Will be changing to Sundays as of October 2nd with one new Volunteer coming in.

D 39   Abbotsford – Jim R –

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women) – Freedom From Within group

Waiting on Clearance for two new volunteers

We now have 6 active volunteers

Working to try and get a time slot to do the Steps with the Medium part of the group

Pacific Institution – New Beginning group

Continues to have a live meeting on Monday and a phone in meeting on Friday

There is talk of a live meeting on Friday

There are two new Volunteers waiting to come in

Matsqui Institution – Stay Out group

Closed to the volunteers and has nothing happening at this time.

Will work towards sending in the $50.00 for the Pen Pal Plus Post Office Rental

D 42   Surrey – Aloha Mike

Alouette River Correctional Centre

Fraser Regional

Has one new volunteer going in and is appreciated by the Inside AA members and by Staff

One person going in with one more in the works

North Fraser Pre Trial

Wed & Thu 9:30 – 10:30 am Virtual Microsoft Team AA meeting and looking for support!

2 co hort groups

Surrey Pre Trial

Are having on site Orientations to support opening up to in person AA meetings sometime soon

GVIS Corrections Round Up

D 43   Langley

Supporting Pacific Institution    

D 45   Chilliwack – Clifford T

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Continues to grow with new Inside AA members

We are doing the Steps through the Big Book after the 6 pm meeting

Kent Institution (Max)

Open the Gate to Freedom group

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to have activity with 5 visits this month seeing 3 different individuals

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group

Earl M and I were invited to attend their 20th Anniversary this Friday.

Earl will attend and I will be in Vernon at the Voting Assembly

Mountain Institution (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

Will be changing the meeting day to Monday’s

There are now 2 cohort groups instead of 3

4) Live meetings in the Upper Fraser Valley:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6 – 7 pm     Regular AA meeting

Thursday 7 – 8 pm     Big Book 12 Step Study meeting

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women)

Freedom from Within group

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Mission Medium Institution

New Horizons group (6 co-hort Living Units)

Monday 5 pm

Monday 6 pm

Mission Minimum Institution

Mountain View group (2 co-hort Living Units)

Friday 7 pm

Mountain Institution (Medium)

Keep It Straight group (2 co-hort groups)

Fridays at 6 pm and 7 pm

Pacific Institution

New Beginning group (2 co-hort groups)

Monday 6 pm

Friday 6 pm (should be starting soon)?

5) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society (G V I S) Corrections – Aloha Mike

6) What’s happening in Corrections?

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm

08 Sep          7 pm      Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Wed, Monthly – 7 pm                                                                  21 Sep 7 pm      Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • Area 79 Corrections Committee meeting – Third Sunday – 11 am

18 Sep          11 am   Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass NanaimoAA

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT)

25 Sep          6 pm      Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • (GVIS) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm              

07 Oct           7 pm      Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

  • Chilliwack Roundup – September 16 & 17    Tickets $40.00 includes: Fri Ice Cream Social – Sat Breakfast, Dinner and Dance

17 Sep          11 am    Corrections Speaker Theresa O. from Abbotsford

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues. 3:30 pm          Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                        First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday    Zoom ID: 841 1036 5604 Pass: 223531        
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09
  • 05 November Saturday 9:30 am – 9:30 pm – GVIS CORRECTIONS ROUNDUP

Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall

12460 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BC

$20.00 – cash or etransfer to:

correctionsroundup@vancouveraa.ca

7) Guest speaker from Birmingham, England, UK – Adrian W live!!!

8) BC/Yukon Area 79 updates – Voting Assembly in Vernon, BC September 9th – 11th  

Adrian gave us a look into AA Corrections service in his home City of Birmingham England which greatly enhanced his recovery and benefited the men he met inside.
Winson Green is the name of the men’s prison Adrian attended regularly for approximately 5 years before Covid shut AA service out and there  has been no volunteering done since.  A grim state for those  Inside AA members and Outside volunteers; and a reminder for us to be grateful… Thank you Adrian.

9) International Corrections Meetings every Sunday

This is a meeting to share combined experience across North America to better serve our Inside AA members

First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                           

ZOOM ID: 841 1036 5604      PASSWORD: 223531
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

10) Corrections Connections Roundup: Frank W

                Saturday March 25th, 2023 at Level Ground Church 31216 King Road in Abbotsford, BC

11) Passing It On – Clifford T (If there is time)?

Escorted Temporary Absence (ETA)

for Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

As Covid slowly goes away, we will be allowed to provide ETA’s for our Inside AA members.  There is a process that takes 2 – 3 months of lead time to successfully provide this service.  This is for those who are incarcerated at the Minimum and sometimes Medium level of Security.

CSC Purpose:    

To provide inmates with opportunities to access the community or another institution for

 medical, administrative, parental responsibility, compassionate reasons, community service,    family contact, personal development, and for rehabilitative purposes.

CSC Process:

  1. The process is done through the Manager of Assessment and Interventions (MAI) as well as working with the Social Programs Officer (SPO) and the Institutional Parole Officer (IPO).  There is a lot of paperwork to be done for this process.
  2. Residents to travel to a pre determined location and return. The application process will take a minimum of two to three months.  When preparing the paperwork, the more lead time, the better chance of success.
  3. All critical data (Address – Date – Time – All Stops – Monetary Costs – Entrance fees and meals) is presented to the Manager of Assessment and Intervention (MAI) or their Assistant for processing.
  4. ETA’s are for a predetermined period of time, usually for 8 – 12 hours only.  More time may be requested with an explanation of why (I.E. providing a Program of Events).  Some Inside A.A. members may have a restriction on the length of time (or locations) for their ETA’s.

A.A. Purpose considerations:

  1. For A.A. District meetings, the Inside GSR and Alternate GSR will be the only ones going on a regular basis.  They will also be the ones going to an Area 79 Event (along with randomly allowed Inside A.A. members).
  2. Inside A.A. members are welcome to attend all A.A. sponsored Meetings and Events.

ATTACHED is a copy of an ETA Proposal

For a citizen to provide this service, they must become a:

Non-Security Escort Volunteers

CSC Escorts

Citizens can act as escorts for offenders participating in activities in the community. Such activities include treatment programs (e.g., Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous meetings), construction of playgrounds or other projects in the local community. Volunteers wishing to act as escorts must have first completed a minimum of six months active volunteer participation in other programs prior to participating in escort training.

Pursuant to CD 566-5 – Non-Security Escorts, volunteers will:

  • Have completed CSC’s national volunteer orientation prior to training for non-security escorts
  • Provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and, if requested, a copy of driving record annually, pursuant to ISD 335 – Fleet Management
  • Have a valid reliability status

Considerations:

  • The ETA form describes all conditions and stops for the trip. 
  • The ETA form is signed by both the Volunteer and the Inside A.A. members before departing the CSC site so that everyone has agreed to the conditions set forth in the form.
  • Other Volunteer groups may take an Inside A.A. member to an A.A. Event or meeting.  I witnessed a Christian volunteer group (Women to Women) take their Inside A.A. member to A.A. meetings on a regular basis

Please see an attached copy of an ETA proposal for Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Corrections Connections has a vacancy for Co-Chair – Tabled
  2. 2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled
  3. Master Volunteer List – Tabled

NEW BUSINESS:

Meeting adjourned at: 7 pm

Next Meeting: October 5th, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere,

reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

ATTACHMENTS:

2022 GVIS CORRECTIONS ROUNDUP (POSTER)

2022 09 25 CORRECTIONS CORNER Tony F (POSTER)

2019 ETA Proposal for Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

M I N U T E S

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday July 6th, 2022 – 6:00pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

____________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance: Myrna P, Don P, Chris B, Davena T, Frank W, Rod, Rick C, Tracey S, Sandi F, Cliff T, Nelson, Spencer P, Chris B, Jim R, Stanley AB, Nancy A (recording)

Regrets: Geoffry I

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: Nancy reported no changes to the bank account. No activity since the last meeting. We have $640.83 in our account. The contact list currently has 159 members.

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.

We have had three requests for Pen Pals, all of which have been fulfilled. The mailbox has been quiet but there was one return letter to an outside member which I forgot to mention. PO Box rental is due before August 1st.

3)  District Reports:

D7 – Nanaimo – Geoffrey I

Our corrections team in Nanaimo has been very busy the last 2 months since meetings started up and the Nanaimo Corrections Centre. We are doing two meetings a week and averaging more than 10 inmates a meeting. One meeting is with the Guthrie Therapeutic Community, and the other is with the NCC Gen Pop known as the park house meeting. The energy is fantastic and both volunteers and inmates are loving being back in person.

In service,

Geoff I

D 32 South Burnaby – Spencer P – no Corrections Chair or Committee in D32 yet, but I’m working on it. I have submitted my forms for Federal clearance and have been finger-printed and interviewed. Once I get clearance, hope to take a meeting into Mission Medium on Sundays, probably starting Sept assuming clearance comes through.

D 39 – Abbotsford – Chair Jim R

Submitted by Myrna P

“TRI CITIES AA RALLY – JUNE 11

Thanks to District 43 Corrections Chair Jay E for supporting and supplying Information Packages and literature (on very short notice) so that we could do Corrections service work at this event. Volunteers (Dist32) Spencer P, (Dist 43) Melanie V and (Dist 43) Myrna P manned the table at this excellent event. 10 people signed up for Corrections information and Myrna contacted all. One man Rob A. has been sent clearance forms to complete for Pacific Institution and has spoken to Jim R our Abbotsford Corrections Chair. Two women, Sandi F and Heather Mc have been sent forms from Fraser Valley Institution.

Darline B, already has clearance to Alouette Women’s and is awaiting reopening there. This woman is also keen to start a Coquitlam District 40 Corrections Committee as there isn’t one at present.

Fraser Valley Institution SPO Courtenay LAMM advised that vax requirements are no longer required to go in!!!”

D 42 – Surrey –   Aloha Mike Alcoholic – To date four requests for AA support as per pre-release program 1 from Pacific institution hoping to be released to Phoenix in Surrey.

Second from Ford Mountain to a Vancouver recovery house, third / fourth pending contract.

 Provincial institutes accepting clearance request forms, one with active in-person meetings.

 Plans for round up in Pitt Meadows in November 5th still on more information to follow.

D 43 – Langley – Tracy S – See Poster attached for Corrections Corner and upcoming speakers for July, Aug and Sept. Jay is going out of town. He has two others on the committee to do Corrections Corner.  Jay has clearance now for PI, Tracy and Myrna are going into FVI Women’s and Kwi on Web EX Saturday mornings.

D 45 – Chilliwack – Clifford T

A Corrections Chair is needed for this District

Kent (Max)

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) has had some activity

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

We will be going in this Friday for the first time this year.

D64 – Rod Mc W reporting – very quiet. Not many institutions near them. Two possible candidates have asked about Corrections Correspondence. Got their message out to New York and have not heard anything.  Interested in Pen Pal Plus.

4) Live meetings in the Upper Fraser Valley:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6 – 7 pm  Regular AA meeting

Thursday 7 – 8 pm Big Book 12 Step Study meeting

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women)

Freedom from Within

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Mission Medium

New Horizons group (6 co-hort Living Units)

Monday 5 pm

Monday 6 pm

Mission Minimum

Mountain View group (2 co-hort Living Units)

Friday 7 pm

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group (3 co-hort Living Units)

Fridays at  6 pm and 7 pm

Pacific Institution

New Beginning Group (2 co-hort groups)

Monday 6 pm

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are three phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Wed  MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Started Jan 2022

Wed  MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat     WM     10 – 11 am                  Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society (G V I S) Corrections – ALOHA Mike  

Friday night Committee meeting could use support.  Only two people were present

6) What’s happening in Corrections

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm              

    05 August 7 pm    Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212                                                

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm SEE POSTER***

14 July       7 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Wed, Monthly – 7 pm                                                                  20 July       7 pm    Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • Area 79 Corrections Committee meeting – Third Sunday – 11 am

17 July       11 am   Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass NanaimoAA

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);   **See Poster                                  Speaker:  Theresa O. (from Abbotsford, BC)

31 July       6 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues. 3:30 pm      Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday      Zoom ID: 841 1036 5604 Pass: 223531         
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09
  • 05 November GVIS Corrections Round up in Pitt Meadows – Aloha Mike to report

7) BC/Yukon Area 79 June Quarterly Duncan – Spencer P gave us a summary of Corrections Meeting; Clifford M. (former Inside Member) gave excellent talk on success of AA’s message being carried by Corrections volunteers going into our Corrections Facilities/Institutions.

On Saturday afternoon at the Corrections Committee breakout room, Myrna P focused her talk on the value of Grape Vine soft cover books going into Institutions. They are valued for their clear, simple language and modern-day situations.  Lorelei messaged Myrna that some individuals wanted to donate books to take into our local institutions.

Just today July 6th, I picked up two FREE ON THE INSIDE books which were mailed to my home address from an individual in Sechelt.

  • Corrections Correspondence Service (CCS)
    • Lorelei L was looking in to acquiring Self Addressed Stamped Envelopes from GSO. Still pending.

8) Guest Speaker – Edmonton Corrections Chair Don P Recorded – Excellent presentation and slide show shown to all present.  Gave an overall picture about what is happening in Edmonton area Corrections via ZOOM meetings; amazing what is possible with teamwork and collaboration to carry the message inside via ZOOM.  Please let us know if you would like the recording. 

9) International Corrections Meetings

  • June 26th the ALLEN/OAKWOOD Correctional Centre held a Zoom AA meeting where they shared their Experience, Strength and Hope.
  • This Sunday (July 10th) Chris C, Publisher for AA Grapevine, will be our guest speaker on AA literature being uploaded onto tablets that are used in some correction facilities.

10) Corrections Connections Roundup – Abbotsford – Chair Frank W gave us an update; group      voted on and approved March 19th, 2023 date.  Frank will report back next meeting.

11) Volunteer Master List – Tabled

12) Passing It On – Tabled

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Corrections Connections has vacancy for Co-Chair as Myrna P volunteered and was approved to become Chair of Corrections Connections.
  2. 2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Corrections Connections discuss purchasing literature – Grape Vine soft cover books.

Meeting adjourned at:  7:15 pm

Next Meeting: August 3rd, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere,

reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

WEDNESDAY MAY 04TH 2022, MEETING

M I N U T E S

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday May 4th 2022 – 6:00pm PDT

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

____________________

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance:

Regrets:

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report: Davena T.

  • There have been two new Pen Pal requests, of those two, one had requested for a woman to correspond with.
  • Both requests have been filled, the second with a Grandma (as suggested), and first letters sent out.
  • I retrieve the mail twice weekly and most days there is mail to be forwarded. 
  • There have been no new inquiries from outside members wishing to take on a Pen Pal.

In service,

Davena

3)  District Reports:

  D 5 & 7 – Nanaimo –  

  D 37 – White Rock –

  D 39 – Abbotsford – Jim R

  D 42 – Surrey –

  D 43 – Langley –

  D 44 – Mission –

  D13 Area 78 Red Deer, AB – Greg M 

  D 45 – Chilliwack – Clifford T

We are in need of a Corrections Chair for this District

Ford Mountain CC (Chilliwack Lake Road)

Right Living group

Is now open for volunteers. I will be going in May 5th for the second time.

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village (Harrison Mills)

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

We have an average of 3 – 5 attendees via the Webex.

There was a problem with the Webex this past Saturday

Kent (Max)

Structured Intervention Unit (SIU)

Will be starting up this Friday (May 6th) for the first time

Mountain (Medium)

Keep It Straight group

There was a large outbreak of Covid which continues to stop us from going in.

  D 71 – Kelowna –   Gerry C

4) Corrections – Live meetings:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Right Living group

Thursday 6:30 pm

Fraser Valley Institution (for Women)

Freedom from Within

Tuesday 6:30 pm (Minimum)

Tuesday 7 pm (Medium)

Kent Institution (Maximum)

Open the Gate to Freedom

Friday 1 pm

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Blueberry Hill group (Hybrid – Webex)

Saturday 10 – 11 am

Mission Minimum

Mountain View group

Friday 7 pm

Pacific Institution

New Beginning Group

Friday 7 pm (May 13th)  

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are four phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Mon     CC     6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution     

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside A.A. participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Wed  MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Average 4 on the inside and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Wed  MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Average 8 people in the Right Living Unit (Therapeutic Community) and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution

2 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat     WM     10 – 11 am                  Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) Provincial Corrections – Van. Intergroup Corrections (G V I S) – Aloha Mike

6) What’s happening in Corrections?

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm               06 May    7 pm      Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

    03 June      7 pm    Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212

  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm (PDT);                                       12 May           7 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Monday Monthly – 7 pm (PDT)                                                                  16 May      7 pm    Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);                                     Speaker: Mike M from Ladysmith, BC

29 May      6 pm    Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820

  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday    

WE HAVE A NEW ZOOM LOGIN.        Meeting ID: 841 1036 5604                Passcode: 223531
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio (every Tuesday)

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tues. 3:30 pm      Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

7) BC/Yukon Area 79 Lorelei L

8) Corrections Correspondence Service (CCS)

Hi Clifford,

It was nice to get to catch up with you yesterday at the international corrections meeting. I had my staff assistant help me with obtaining the accurate number of Canadian participants in C.C.S.

Our records indicate that we have a total of 108 participants in Canada. My last email indicated we had 93 participants. I apologize for the discrepancy.

Total English Participants is 97

Total Inside AA Members 17 (male-14; Female 3)

Total Outsiders 80 (Male-49; Female-31)

Total French Participants 11

3 Insiders

8 Outsiders

I hope you find this information helpful.

In fellowship,

Eileen A           Corrections Coordinator

General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous

 (212) 870-3085

corrections@aa.org

www.aa.org

9) International Corrections Meetings

WE HAVE A NEW ZOOM LOGIN.

Meeting ID: 841 1036 5604    Passcode: 223531
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84110365604?pwd=V29rTTJxMVN3R1RCYUxaWVMzTTlhQT09

10) Passing It On – Clifford T

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs Chair:  ____________________

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form – Tabled until next meeting

NEW BUSINESS:

Meeting adjourned at:  __________

Next Meeting: June 1st, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION[CD41] 

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.


 [CD41]

Wednesday March 02, 2022 Meeting

A G E N D A

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday, MARCH 2nd, 2022 – 6:00pm PST

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Serenity Prayer

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

Reports:-

1)  Secretary/Treasurer’s Report –

2)  Pen Pal Plus Report:-

3)  District Reports:-

D 5 & 7 – Nanaimo –  

D 37 – White Rock –

D 39 – Abbotsford –

D 42 – Surrey –

D 43 – Langley/Aldergrove/Cloverdale/Fort Langley

D 44 – Mission –

D 45 – Chilliwack –

D 71 – Kelowna –  

4) Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

5) Provincial Corrections/G V I S

6) What’s Happening in Corrections?

7) BC/Yukon Area 79

8) International Corrections Meetings

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs Chair

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form

NEW BUSINESS: Passing it On

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

MINUTES

CORRECTIONS CONNECTION

Wednesday, MARCH 2nd, 2022 – 6:00pm PST

Zoom Meeting ID 285 909 9992 – Password 427248

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  Recovery, Unity and Service.

To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

____________________

Moment of Silence

Serenity Prayer

Attendance: Michael D, Andrew R, Myrna P, Joanne C, Melanie B, Clifford T, Frank W, Alvin N, Lorelei L

Regrets: Nancy A.

R E G U L A R   B U S I N E S S

REPORTS

1)  SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT –

2)  PEN PAL PLUS REPORT – 

This month we have had two new requests from inside, looking for pen pals from outside AA members.  One request came from a flyer in Mission and one from Surrey pre-trial.  I have sent each a first letter describing our program and have found other outside members to connect with these requests on an ongoing basis.

             We currently have 40, male, inside pen pals, that have requested to be connected with male, outside AA members.  I started a process of communicating with each of our current outside AA members, in order to see if they would complete a form Clifford established, to find out if we have ongoing communication with their assigned requested pen pal.  I was unable to complete that task, but am hoping that it can be done by next month.  Please keep announcing at your meetings that we can still use more outside members on our list.

            We have had no new female requests; we did get some mail for one of our outside members.  Two letters from inside were returned unopened as the inside member had been transferred and the mail not forwarded by CSC unfortunately.  Myrna has received some feed back from the ladies side, which will be incorporated into next month’s report.

            I have been in contact with Davena and she has expressed interest in taking on the pen pal correspondence chairperson role.  We have not yet finalized all details, but she will be assuming some or all of the duties involved.  I would like to thank her for getting involved.  I will continue to be involved, either to write letters on an ongoing basis – or just to help where I can.

            Yours in love and service……Frank W

3)  DISTRICT REPORTS  – 

D 5 & 7 –         Nanaimo – No Report

D 37 –              White Rock –

Mike Alcoholic, I am reporting this and calling it a joint report because Bob (D 42 Surrey Corrections Chair) and I have talked about working together to promote Corrections in our Districts. 

  1. We are advocating for our district members to sign up on GVIS’s 12th Step List (for use by both districts & intergroup).
  2. Contacting and educating the volunteers.
  3. Participating in the Area 79 Pre Release program by making ourselves available to the inside members upon their release.

A big chore in the first step let alone the rest, enough for now.
Yours In Service 
D. Michael DILLON

D 39 –              Abbotsford – No Report

D 42 –              Surrey – See D 37 Report

D 43 –              Langley/Aldergrove/Cloverdale/Fort Langley –

D 44 –              Mission – No Report

D 45 –              Chilliwack – Clifford T – Nothing new to report

D 71 –              Kelowna – No Report

4) CORRECTIONAL A.A. MEETINGS

  • Correctional Service Canada (CSC) is still in Code Yellow meaning no volunteers are allowed in.
  • Bonnie HENRY suggests that the Province may relax some of its mandates in about two week’s time.  CSC National Headquarters will be making its own determination.

Live meetings:

None at this time due to Covid restrictions

CC – Conference Call – MT Microsoft Team – WM – Webex Meetings:

There are Two phone-in meetings and one Hybrid meeting.

Mon     CC       6 – 7 pm                      Pacific Institution     

4 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside A.A. participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Wed    MT       9:30 – 10:30 am          North Fraser Pretrial (Chaplaincy)

Average 4 on the inside and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Wed    MT       6:30 – 7:30 pm            Surrey Pre Trial (Chaplaincy)

Average 8 people in the Right Living Unit (Therapeutic Community) and only one on the outside.  Started Jan 2022

Fri       CC         6 – 7 pm          Pacific Institution

4 separate Co-hort’s (one Co-hort group only to a maximum of three Inside AA participants only for each meeting). Started Jan 2021

Sat       WM     10 – 11 am      Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – HYBRID 

If you have Reliability Status and would like to attend, please let me know. 

It is by “INVITE ONLY”   Started May 2020

5) GREATER VANCOUVER INTERGROUP SOCIETY (GVIS) CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE

Report by Aloha Mike Alcoholic, Current incoming Corrections Chair for GVIS.

This subcommittee is small and its main purpose of reaching the inside member is still stymied by Covid. So the step to building it is to promote the Intergroup 12th Step Contact List.

Next develop a rapport with the other chairs (PI, CPC, Telephone) to support our efforts & foster better relations with the Chaplains, and Addictions Counselors.
Still 2 of the 4 Pretrial’s have virtual meetings and we are talking with the others to open up to this form of service
Finally The training of Volunteers and all that entails will keep this Alcoholic Busy

YIS Michael

6) WHAT’S CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN CORRECTIONS (PST)

  • Vancouver Intergroup Society (GVIS) Corrections mtg – 1st Friday, Monthly – 7 pm               04 March                   Zoom ID 933 0639 1691 Pass: 121212
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Meeting – Second Thu, Monthly – 7 pm (PDT);                                       10 March                   Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • District 39 (Abbotsford) Corrections Meeting – Third Monday Monthly – 7 pm (PDT)                                                                  21 March              Zoom ID 863 127 2408 Pass: District39
  • District 43 (Langley) Corrections Corner – Last Sun, Monthly – 6 pm (PDT);                                     Speaker: Sherri P from Burleson, Texas                                                                                            27 March         Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass: 122820
  • International Corrections Zoom Meeting every Sunday –                                                                      First and last Sunday of the month at 3 pm (PDT) all others at 8 am (PDT)                                                            Every Sunday     Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass: 765110
  • Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio

Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so.

Tuesdays 3:30 pm Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

7) BC/YUKON AREA 79 – Lorelei L

There are 6 Agenda Items for Corrections in the upcoming Area 79 Pre Conference Assembly April 10th – 12th 2022.  Click the link below for the Agenda and more information.

GSR and Alternate GSR’s may preregister by clicking on the link below.

2022 APRIL PRE-CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY – BC/Yukon Area 79 (bcyukonaa.org)

D 37/42/43 is having a Pre Conference Workshop March 19th, 2022

ZOOM ID 896 3717 3512 No password

8) INTERNATIONAL CORRECTIONS MEETING (ICM)

You are invited to attend an Information session hosted by the A.A. International Corrections Meeting.

ALCOHOLISM, A.A. AND THE PROFESSIONAL

“Today, Alcoholics Anonymous continues to play a crucial role in helping alcoholics in custody to stay sober in jail or prison while providing them with a network of support as they transition back into the community.”

Sunday March 6th, 2022 from 3 pm – 4:15 pm (PST)

International Corrections Meeting (Zoom)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2399905603?pwd=aWE4TTVIenVvMWFKeFd2dDhZWUdOUT09

Meeting ID: 239 990 5603      Password: 765110

The presenter will be Nancy McCarthy.

(In 2016, Ms. McCarthy was appointed to serve a six-year term as a Non-Alcoholic Trustee for the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, United States and Canada.  She worked with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole from 1984-2017. During her tenure, Ms. McCarthy served in a number of supervisory positions which included Regional Administrator for the St. Louis Metropolitan area from 2003-2017. She assisted with the development and implementation of a number of community-based programs focused on assisting individuals diagnosed with substance abuse disorders. Ms. McCarthy currently serves as a consultant for the Institute of Justice Research and Development (IJRD) 5-Key Model for Reentry, a multi-state study on informing the Safe Streets and Second Chances Initiative on re-entry reform.)

OLD BUSINESS

Corrections Connections needs a Chairperson: ____________________

2022 PEN PAL PLUS Feedback Form

  • Tabled

NEW BUSINESS

PASSING IT ON

By Clifford T.

Escorted Temporary Absence (ETA)

for Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

CSC Purpose: 

To provide inmates with opportunities to access the community or another institution for

medical, administrative, parental responsibility, compassionate reasons, community service,

family contact, personal development, and for rehabilitative purposes.

CSC Process:

  1. Residents to a pre determined location and return. The application process will take a minimum of two to three months.  The more lead time, the better chance of success.
  2. All critical data (Address – Date – Time – All Stops – Monetary Costs – Entrance fees and food) is presented to the Manager of Assessment and Intervention (MAI) or their Assistant for processing.
  3. ETA’s are for a 12 hour period.  More time may be requested with an explanation of why (I.E. providing a Program of Events).  Some Inside A.A. members may have a restriction on the length of time for their ETA’s.

A.A. Purpose

  1. For District meetings, the Inside GSR and Alternate GSR will be the only ones going on a regular basis.  They will also be the ones going to an Area 79 Event (along with randomly allowed Inside A.A. members).
  2. Inside A.A. members are welcome to attend all A.A. sponsored Meetings and Events.

Volunteer considerations

  1. Please consider speaking with inside A.A. members before arrival to encourage them communicate with yourself (the driver) if anything challenging comes up. 
  2. Be mindful that some of these individuals may have not been out for a very long time so they may be a bit more sensitive to their surroundings and even more so with people.

Considerations:

All drivers must have Non Security Escort Volunteer training.  This is provided by the Institution and can be applied for at your earliest convenience.

  • Drivers are to have sight or sound every 20 minutes of the Inside A.A. members throughout the event

Non-Security Escort Volunteers

CSC Escorts

Citizens can act as escorts for offenders participating in activities in the community. Such activities include treatment programs (e.g., Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous meetings), construction of playgrounds or other projects in the local community. Volunteers wishing to act as escorts must have first completed a minimum of six months active volunteer participation in other programs prior to participating in escort training.

Pursuant to CD 566-5 – Non-Security Escorts, volunteers will:

  • Have completed CSC’s national volunteer orientation prior to training for non-security escorts
  • Provide a copy of a valid driver’s license and, if requested, a copy of driving record annually, pursuant to ISD 335 – Fleet Management
  • Have a valid reliability status

Considerations:

  • The ETA form describes all conditions and stops for the trip. 
  • The ETA form is signed by both the Volunteer and the Inside A.A. members before departing the CSC site so that everyone has agreed to the conditions set forth in the form.

Meeting adjourned at: 6:55 pm

Next Meeting: April 6th, 2022

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches

out for help, I want the hand of A.A.to always be there.

And for that:  I am responsible.

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