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Commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada announces retirement

Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 1:57 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Don Head, the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), has said he will retire next year.

Head has spent his entire career in various correctional services roles. In 1978, he began working as a correctional officer in the Pacific region. Then, in 1995, he became superintendent of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. He joined the Saskatchewan Provincial Department of Corrections and Public Safety in 1998. In 2002, Head became senior deputy commissioner of the CSC. He was appointed commissioner in 2008.

He was awarded a number of commendations over the course of his career, including the Governor General's Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, and the Public Service Award of Excellence for Diversity and Employment Equity.

In a letter he wrote to the clerk of the Privy Council announcing his retirement, Head reflected back on his experiences in correctional services.

“My career has taken me across our great country and around the world and I have had the opportunity to see and hear how other jurisdictions continue to view CSC as a world leader in corrections,” he wrote.
“Over the course of my 40 years in correctional services, I have worked with tens of thousands of dedicated women and men from coast to coast to coast, who have given their best to assist those that have come into conflict with the law and to ultimately contribute the best way they can to the overall public safety of Canadians. I will miss your spirit, energy, commitment and dedication.”

Head also offered some advice for those in correctional services: “take care of those we have a legal responsibility for; take care of each other; and take care of yourselves. We are, and will always be, a people centred organization.”    

He plans to retire effective Feb. 3, 2018.