The benefits of the Institution

Sam McNeish
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SPRINGHILL - Many generations of families and residents of Springhill have felt the effects and benefits the Springhill Institution has bestowed upon them.

SPRINGHILL - Many generations of families and residents of Springhill have felt the effects and benefits the Springhill Institution has bestowed upon them.

Families have found a means of supporting their children, local businesses are buoyed by the residents who work at the prison and live in the community, and the Town of Springhill has been able to maintain its tax base due to the millions of dollars that are spent in the community annually.

The institution celebrates 40 years of involvement in the community this week and held a ceremony honouring that history Monday.

Countless numbers of employees have walked through the gates in that time and the benefits those individuals have enjoyed are plentiful.

One of the first employees was Doug Dobson.

"I have a personal touch within these walls. I'm a former employee here for 32 years and me and my family owe everything we have to this place,'' Dobson said.

He, Ray McCormick, Clyde Murray and Doug Hunter were the first four correctional officers hired.

Then two years later the first clients arrived and work began.

"I've seen so many changes over the years and I don't know how many times I've thanked CSC or employing me. It's been good for me and do you think it's been good for Springhill, you bet.

"This institution has been a lifeline for the community and so vital to the economy. Without it survival would be in question,'' he added.

Ed Muise, recently elevated to the position of warden in Springhill, is proud of the record of the facility and those employed there.

"The success of this facility is epitomized by team work, of the professionals here at Springhill year-round,'' he said.

"Our mandate is to contribute to safer communities and we take that seriously. We want to fulfill our mission to utilize and protect society because we believe you can change patterns of behaviours,'' he added.

Muise said he is proud to join with the employees in celebrating the accomplishments of the institution as the collective group continues to strive for excellence in the performance of their duties.

He has been employed with corrections for 21 years and proud of the work done at the Institution.

"Both the staff and inmates give back to the community,'' he said. "Our role as an organization makes a difference."

"If there is a business where teamwork is implicit, corrections is that business."

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Springhill Institution

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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