POAO Update, February 2019
On February 7, the Board conducted our first meeting of the year. It was our first meeting using our new teleconference system, and despite being the first time using the format, the meeting went exceptionally well. We kept the meeting to an hour, but in that time, we managed to cover a range of topics.
The constant thread running through all our agenda items was how to move the Association forward. Certainly, the present climate is very different than what we are used to, and we are operating under constraints that we never had to deal with the past. But we are determined to move ahead and continue to fulfill the mandate of the Association, which is to provide education to, and advocate for, Probation Officers in Ontario.
We’ve done a lot of work to update or website. We’ve improved the appearance and made it easier to navigate. Building a website has become more complicated than it was a decade ago, and we had to hire a web developer to assist in the process. Special thanks to Carley Hughes, who oversees our tech portfolio, for pulling together all the pieces and making the website happen. The website is a place for our members to submit articles of items of interest that would be beneficial to the membership. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for the website.
Recently, POAO was contacted by a representative from Parliament in Ottawa, seeking the Association’s input on Bill 375, which is working its way through the legislature. The Bill is aimed at making a change to section 723(a) of the Criminal Code, which deals with Pre-Sentence Reports. The proposed change suggests that “any aspect of the offender’s mental condition that is relevant for sentencing purposes, as well as any mental health services or support available to the offender”, be included in the report.
Finally, Probation Officers week is May 6-10, 2019. Stay tuned to hear about PO week events taking place in your area.