Springhill institution celebrates 40 years with community

Sam McNeish
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SPRINGHILL The Town of Springhill and many generations of residents owe a great deal to the Springhill Institution.

Families have found a means of supporting their children, local business 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 celebrated 40 years of involvement in the community on Monday.

Many 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. Im a former employee here for 32 years and me and my family owe everything we have to this place, Dobson said.

He, along with 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.

Ive seen so many changes over the years and I dont know how many times Ive thanked CSC for employing me. Its been good for me and do you think its 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 at Springhill, is proud of the record of the facility and those employed there.

The success of this facility is epitomized by teamwork, 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 fulfil our mission to utilize and protect society because we believe you can change patterns of behaviours.

Organizations: Springhill Institution

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