Tracey Farmer takes top job at Bowden In­sti­tu­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - sub­mit­ted Patrick Ko­lafa

Drumheller’s Tracey Farmer has risen through the ranks and has been in­stalled as War­den at Bowden In­sti­tu­tion.

He of­fi­cially re­ceived his ap­point­ment on Mon­day, Novem­ber 7 at a cer­e­mony at Bowden, suc­ceed­ing War­den David Pel­ham.

He was sur­rounded by fam­ily, col­leagues and friends, in­clud­ing his 93-year-old grand­mother Mary Re­bus and brother Jef­fery who came from Den­ver for the cer­e­mony. The role comes with trust and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I lead a team re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the pub­lic, staff and of­fend­ers at the In­sti­tu­tion, par­tic­i­pat­ing in Prairie Re­gional lead­er­ship ta­ble, con­tribut­ing to pub­lic safety through my work and the work of the Ser­vice,” said Farmer. “I have face-to-face con­tact with every­one from in­mates and staff to com­mu­nity part­ners, col­leagues in CSC and law en­force­ment com­mu­nity and com­mu­nity part­ners such as Cit­i­zens Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. I have a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but have a great team sup­port­ing me at Bowden.”

Raised in the val­ley, Farmer be­gan his ca­reer in Drumheller in 1992 as a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer (CX-I). He quickly be­came a mem­ber of the In­sti­tu­tional Emer­gency Re­sponse Team and even­tu­ally be­came the co­or­di­na­tor. He worked his way to up to CX-IV be­fore tak­ing on the roles of as­sis­tant war­den oper­a­tion, deputy and act­ing war­den.

He also worked in pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

“I be­came a Na­tional fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Cor­rec­tional Man­agers Train­ing Pro­gram.

I also as­sisted in the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the In­sti­tu­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Pro­gram. I have now taken on the role of Cri­sis Man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ta­tor,” said Farmer.

For his work he has been awarded the Cor­rec­tions Ex­em­plary Ser­vice Medal and Bar.

In his 24-year ca­reer, it’s the peo­ple that made it spe­cial. “I like the day to day in­ter­ac­tions with staff, of­fend­ers and the pub­lic and the op­por­tu­nity to ef­fect pos­i­tive change in peo­ple’s lives,” Farmer said.

(l-r) David Pel­ham, out­go­ing War­den, CSC Com- Bowden In­sti­tu­tion War­den sign Change of Com­mis­sioner Don Head, and Tracey Farmer, in­com­ing mand.

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