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Consider Nominating a Coworker for a Peak Performance Denali Award

The nomination period for the 2015 GOVERNOR’S PEAK PERFORMANCE DENALI AWARDS is now open. Please consider nominating a coworker for this prestigious award! The Department of Corrections has been well-represented in past years by Denali Award nominees and honorees. The nomination period closes February 13th. Nominating a co-worker is not difficult: the first step is to:

  1. Download a nomination form at this link: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/denaliAwards/forms/. There are six award categories: Co-Worker Recognition, Customer Service Excellence, Exceptional Performance, Crisis Responder, Innovation in Cost-saving and Leadership. In two categories (Customer Service Excellence and Exceptional Performance) there are separate team and individual categories. The criteria that is used to determine category winners and honorable mentions is here:  http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/denaliAwards/scoringCriteria/.
  2. The next step is to complete the form and write a short description explaining the reasons for the nomination. Here is a link to view examples of completed nomination forms: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/fileadmin/DenaliAwards/nominationExamples2011.pdf.
  3. Each nomination must be signed by the Commissioner, your Division Director, and, if you work at Correctional Facility, first initialed by the Superintendent. You can forward the nomination to the Division Director as a scanned attachment to an email, or you can send it to Kay Hoover who will make sure it is forwarded for signature. Do not hesitate to contact the department rep if you have any questions or would like some feedback on your nomination form.

Goose Creek Superintendent Honored For Decade of Service

Photo of John Conant receiving his certificate from Dean Marshall

Acting Director of Institutions Dean Marshall, left, presents a certificate to Goose Creek Correctional Center Superintendent John Conant honoring him for ten years of service. Conant promoted from Assistant Superintendent in February, 2014. Conant promoted to Lieutenant in July, 2012 and was named Assistant Superintendent in July 2103. Please congratulate Superintendent Conant for a decade of dedication to the Department of Corrections.

KCC Prisoners Complete OSHA Safety Training Class, Other Classes

Inmates at Ketchikan Correctional Center recently took part in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety training classes. Other vocational programs, such as certification in First Aid and CPR, are also provided at the facility as local employers expressed a need to have employees as job ready as possible. These program completions are important as they can be what gives an applicant an edge over their competition. Ketchikan has a variety of industries that hire everything from customer service positions to highly skilled technical and vocational careers. Inmates have been busy as well in other areas and completed programs in Criminal Attitude Program and Parenting Classes recently.

— Superintendent Jessica Mathews

For Angelica: SCCC Inmate Artisans’ Creations To Help Fund Girl’s Healing

Photo of SCCC inmate artisans

From L-R, standing: Randall Smith, David Forster, Anthony Garcia, Kirby Anthoney, seated, Noel Fears, Stephen Foster, Ralph Adams and Leslie Simpson

What can touch the heart more than the plight of a child who has suffered a terrible accident on Christmas Day? On December 25th, 11-year old Angelica lost her legs and her life changed forever. Though the members of SCCC’s Hobby Shop were working at full time to fulfill donation requests for two upcoming local auctions, they stopped everything to help this little girl from Anchor Point. “They had three days to pull it off. And they did. Beautifully,” said SCCC Superintendent Clare Sullivan.

Among the items donated to a fundraising auction for Angelica (held at the Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point on Sunday, January 18) include: ulu earrings made of mammoth and fossilized walrus tusk by Randall Smith, Tlingit-style salmon symbol in acrylic on canvas by David Forster, totem, eagle paddle with inlays of fossilized walrus ivory, mammoth ivory and abalone, hand-carved by Anthony Garcia, jewelry box with swivel lid and basket, both made from mixed exotic wood by Kirby Anthoney, covered-wagon lamp with clock, made of feathered maple and Alaskan birch, by Kirby Anthoney; “Wolf,” airbrush acrylic on Bristol board, by Noel Fears, four polished baleen bracelets (one with scrimshawed wolves) by Stephen Foster, baleen paddle with scrimshawed sea otter by Stephen Foster; baleen ulu scrimshawed with two figures by Stephen Foster, scrimshaw portrait on baleen and baleen hanging with scrimshawed native drummers by Stephen Foster, beaded cross pendants, beaded-heart with tassel key chains, and beaded earrings, by Ralph Adams; humming bird box, hand carved, by Leslie Simpson, “Medicine Man’ bust, hand carved by Leslie Simpson.

Estimated total retail value: $6,000.

GCCC Inmates Create Coloring Books for Toys for Tots Campaign

Goose Creek Correctional Center is pleased with the efforts given by the inmates that contributed to the annual Toys for Tots campaign. This year 11 inmates did an exceptional job making 150 jumbo sized coloring books. The inmates took great pride in the time and effort they gave to this project. The coloring books were 11 x 17 inches and consist of hand-drawn pictures of animals, boats, trucks, dragons, airplanes and well known characters. The books ended up under an appreciative child’s tree in time for Christmas. GCCC is proud to support such a great organization.

— Superintendent John Conant

Goose Creek Staff Gives Boost to Agency Serving Homeless Youth

Throughout December, Goose Creek Correction Center set up a collection bin for donations of new and pre-packaged socks, underwear and gloves for Families in Transition, a Homeless Student Liaison Agency for the Mat Su Borough School District. The agency is tasked with removing barriers homeless children have to attending school. Lack of socks, underwear and gloves is just one barrier. Goose Creek staff generously donated over 12 30-gallon bags filled with new socks, underwear, and gloves for valley school children pre-K through 12th grade. The agency has close to 800 homeless students to serve this year and Goose Creek is proud to participate in their mission of advocating for homeless school children.

— Superintendent John Conant