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The following awards were presented at Congress 2017: 

THE WILLIE GIBBS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Recipient: John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite has contributed to the Association for decades. Throughout this time, John advanced the Association’s partnership with the American Correctional Association and secured the “Entente Cordiale” of which he was the signatory on the Association’s behalf. He is highly articulate, principled and committed to advancing criminal justice on every issue. John has served in numerous roles throughout the criminal justice system and dedicated a tremendous amount of energy to reforming the lives of prisoners and advocating for their treatment.

 

PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARD 

Recipient: Dr. Christopher Schnieder 

Dr. Schneider is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandon University in Manitoba. Dr. Schneider’s research offers a better understanding of how social media has changed police and criminal justice response to crime and provides a renewed emphasis on the necessity to due process in a world where information about a criminal event is available immediately to the public.

 

ANTONY HOLLAND AWARD 

Recipient: William Head on Stage (WHoS) 

William Head on Stage (WHoS) is a prison theatre company composed of staff, citizen volunteers and William Head inmates that have joined in a common cause to promote reintegration by furthering public understanding, support and resources for safe and successful re-entry into society. WHoS has bridged the gap between two communities, citizens and convicted offenders. They have done this through 57 different productions over 36 years to over 150,000 people in total. WHoS recognizes that corrections cannot succeed without community involvement and support.


THE WILLIE GIBBS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Willie Gibbs Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes members of the CCJA who have contributed in a meritorious way to the improvement of the criminal justice system in Canada and to the achievement of the objectives of the CCJA.

ANTONY HOLLAND AWARD

To recognize and promote the contribution of theatrical arts to the achievement of a humane and effective criminal justice system.

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

The Certificate of Appreciation may be presented to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the CCJA. There is no requirement to be a member of the CCJA in order to receive this Award.

CRIME PREVENTION AWARD

The Crime Prevention Award recognizes individuals or organizations in Canada who have made a significant contribution to the reduction of criminal behaviour and the protection of the public.

PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARD

The Public Education Award recognizes work by professional journalists and other persons who significantly advance public understanding in Canada of the need for, and elements of, a humane, effective criminal justice system.

RESEARCH AWARD

The Research Award may be granted to recognize an individual or group who completed valid and reliable research which resulted in substantial improvement to the operations of the criminal justice system.

RESTORATION AWARD

The Restoration Award may be granted to victims or former offenders who have overcome the challenge of their past and made an exemplary contribution towards rehabilitation, restoration and a more humane and effective justice system.

THE SENATOR EARL A. HASTINGS AWARD

To commemorate the contribution of the late Senator Earl Hastings to the Canadian criminal justice system and the CCJA, this Award honours Canadians who, although they do not work in the criminal justice system, have made an outstanding contribution over many years to the Canadian criminal justice system.

Senator Earl Hastings, during thirty years of service in the Senate of Canada, established an identity as a social reformer and an advocate for humane, effective and progressive criminal justice policy. He earned, often through controversy, a strong reputation for his legislative work on alternate measures to incarceration, young offenders, corrections and reintegration of offenders into the community. He campaigned for the abolition of capital punishment and constantly supported promising policies to benefit everyone involved in the criminal justice system, particularly in the area of corrections. His progressive initiatives sometimes strained political ties and even friendships, but principle and commitment always prevailed. He sought and received the views of citizens, administrators, staff and offenders, and was responsive to their concerns.

He was a long standing friend of the CCJA. In 1986, he was awarded the John Howard Society Distinguished Canadian Humanitarian Award. In 1992, he received the St. Leonard Society of Canada Humanitarian Advancement Award.

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