Alouette Correctional Centre for Women opened in 2006. (THE NEWS files)

Maple Ridge women’s prison staffing manager honoured

Gemmill receives exemplary service medal for work at ACCW

A manager at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women is one of 17 people around the province to receive national recognition.

Sandra Gemmill, staffing manager at the Maple Ridge prison, has been given a Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, which recognizes two decades or more of exceptionally commendable service.

The awards are the most prestigious national decoration for professionals in the sector, including correctional centre and probation office staff.

Janet Austin, B.C.’s lieutenant governor, presented the awards at a ceremony at Government House.

“These skilled and compassionate professionals really are unsung heroes of public safety,” said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general.

“Helping clients to gain insights into their offending behaviours, to build life and career skills, and to get the supports they need to live crime-free in the community, are just some of the ways these staff foster profound, personal changes that make B.C.’s streets safer for all of us.”

Gemmill began her career with B.C. Corrections in 1996 as a security officer at Alouette River Correctional Centre. She worked at ARCC until 2000, when she was accepted at North Fraser Pretrial Centre as a lateral transfer for the opening of the remand centre.

Gemmill was an instrumental part of the team that planned and opened the new admissions and discharge department for the then largest provincial correctional centre in the province.

In 2006, Gemmill won a correctional officer position at the newly opened ACCW, where she was promoted to the rank of correctional supervisor in 2009 and subsequently to an assistant deputy warden in 2014.

She was the supervisor of the admissions and discharge department and manager of the sentence management unit. Her current role is the staffing manager.

Gemmill was a key member of the leadership team that planned and ‘operationalized’ the new secure women’s building at ACCW in 2012.

“Sandra has always upheld a high level of integrity and co-operation in her dealings with peers, staff and inmates, which is exemplified on the many committees she has participated in. Sandra’s commitment to her work is only surpassed by her commitment to her family. She is the very proud mother of her two sons, Cody and Nathan, and is actively involved in their sports activities,” said a press release.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

IN IT TOGETHER: Important to move your butt

Maple Ridge mom offers series of wellness columns aimed at helping navigate through COVID-19

Council conduct bylaw under scrutiny in Maple Ridge

Bylaw being questioned at Committee of the Whole Tuesday afternoon

Pitt Meadows to host live virtual city council meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Mayor Dingwall updates on new initiatives and city staffing

Haney Bypass section closed for Easter long weekend

Bypass improvements expected to be completed later this year

City of Pitt Meadows launches local business and services listing

Guide provides info which will encourage and enable residents to shop local

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

COVID-19 world update: Joy in Wuhan as lockdown lifted; Pope denounces profiteers

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news items from around the world

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

Most Read