Tracey Farmer named Drumheller War­den

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A Drumheller man who came up the ranks at the Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion has now been ap­pointed War­den.

In Au­gust, Tracey Farmer was ap­pointed War­den. An of­fi­cial chang­ing of the guard cer­e­mony has yet to take place, but he is happy to be in the po­si­tion.

“Be­ing born and raised in Drumheller I love be­ing back and I re­ally en­joy work­ing at the Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion with our fine team,” said Farmer.

Farmer started his ca­reer in Drumheller as a Cor­rec­tional Of­fi­cer (CX1). He ded­i­cated him­self to the po­si­tion and be­came in­volved as a mem­ber of the In­sti­tu­tional Emer­gency Re­sponse Team, and even­tu­ally be­came co­or­di­na­tor. His ca­reer con­tin­ued as he be­came a

CXIV, be­fore tak­ing on the role as as­sis­tant War­den of op­er­a­tions, Deputy and Act­ing War­den.

In 2016, he left the Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion when he was ap­pointed War­den of the Bow­den In­sti­tu­tion.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, he has been awarded the Correction­s Ex­em­plary Medal and Bar.

He says his man­date at the Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion is the man­date of Correction­s Canada.

“Our man­date’s the Mis­sion State­ment of the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice of Canada, to pre­pare of­fend­ers to re­turn back into so­ci­ety. Do what we can to as­sist them to be­come law-abid­ing cit­i­zens,” said Farmer. “It is all about public safety. We don’t want to make peo­ple worse when they come to prison, we want to make them bet­ter. When they come back they are go­ing to live be­side us in our com­mu­ni­ties so we want them to be healed, learn some trades, take some pro­gram­ming and fight their ad­dic­tions.”

He says the In­sti­tu­tion is a re­flec­tion of what is hap­pen­ing in reg­u­lar so­ci­ety.

“Look at the opi­oid ad­dic­tions and what it is do­ing to our peo­ple,” he said. “I was lis­ten­ing to a speaker, and they said it is the first time since they started chart­ing life ex­pectancy, that it has stalled, and they ex­pect it to re­verse be­cause of the opi­oid deaths,” said Farmer. “Just like so­ci­ety, what is hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties, ends up hap­pen­ing in our In­sti­tu­tion.”

His ca­reer has come full cir­cle.

“I get to fin­ish my ca­reer where I started and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the peo­ple of Drumheller,” said Farmer.

Tracey Farmer… War­den of Drumheller In­sti­tu­tion

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