Volunteer honoured for helping to safely reintegrate offenders into Prairie communities

From: Correctional Service Canada

Volunteer honoured for helping to safely reintegrate offenders into Prairie communities

Ms. Lori Ebbesen presented with the 2018 James A. Murphy CAC Award of Excellence

January 16, 2019 – Saskatoon, S.K. – Correctional Service Canada

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) is pleased to announce that Lori Ebbesen of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is this year’s winner of the James A. Murphy Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Award of Excellence.

This award is presented annually to recognize individuals or teams who inspire with their commitment, drive and leadership in advancing the CAC movement.

Lori first joined the Citizen Advisory Committee in December 2003. Since then she has been an extremely active and engaged member, both regionally and nationally. She has held positions such as Chairperson, Regional Council, Prairies, Vice-Chairperson of the National Executive Committee, and Chairperson of the National Executive Committee.

On more than one occasion, Lori has been recognized for her contribution and leadership as a member of the CAC. Some highlights include the development and promotion of the Prairie Region CAC Strategic Plan; her work on the Humanitarian Contribution to the mission, values, and goals of CSC; the development of a strategic plan for CSC’s Regional Victim Advisory Committee (VAC); her involvement with the National Executive Committee (NEC), where she launched several working groups and created linkages between CAC and NEC mandates; as well as her work on creating local Kickstarter campaigns to support employment opportunities and partnerships.

The key to Lori’s leadership and ability to motivate a broad range of people is her obvious dedication and commitment to CSC’s strategic priorities, finding collaborative solutions, while respecting the work and opinions of others. She is widely known as being a strong advocate for change and enhancing the role of the CAC to support the Correctional Service of Canada in its public safety mandate.


CACs believe in public safety, the right of all citizens to be involved in the correctional process, and the ability of offenders to become law-abiding citizens. CACs have three main roles: to observe, advise and liaise. Think about joining a CAC! It is one way you can volunteer with CSC and help keep communities safe. Apply now to become a CAC member.

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“I would like to congratulate this year’s James A. Murphy CAC Award of Excellence recipient, Ms. Lori Ebbesen. CSC is extremely grateful for your tireless efforts, advice and support. CACs help offenders to reintegrate into society as law abiding citizens, making communities across Canada safer for all.”

Anne Kelly, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada

Quick facts

    • There are CACs at almost every federal institution and district parole office across Canada. Members are volunteers who come from different cultures and backgrounds, and range from university students to retirees. They support offenders while incarcerated and in the community in moving forward toward a successful reintegration. They also observe CSC’s day-to day operations and provide advice on our policies, programs and services.

    • Established to run every third week of January, this year the CAC Awareness Week takes place from January 13 to 19. The event is intended to increase the impact and visibility of the important role CACs play throughout the correctional process and with CSC.

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