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News, Events, and Activities in the Alaska Department of Corrections

Correctional Officers Week 2017: Wildwood Correctional Complex Rally Around Their Fellow Officer

Celebrating Correctional Officer Week with Alaska Department of Corrections Correctional Officers statewide.

Today we feature the Wildwood Correctional Complex Staff who organized a wildly successful fundraiser to benefit Correctional Officer John Gozelski recently.

Current staff from multiple shifts as well as retired staff and families came together at American Legion Post 20 in Kenai for an evening which saw live and silent auctions, a taco feed, and raffles.

The event was made possible by donations from community businesses as well as private donations from staff and raised over $20,000 to send Ofc. Gozelski and his family to Disney following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in April.

We are immensely proud of our WCC officers and staff who rallied around one of their own in a time of need.

Thank you for your service, dedication, and committment to making our institutions safe and secure for inmates and staff.

We appreciate you!

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Help Support Wildwood’s Relay for Life

I have been involved with Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) for over a decade and this is my second year as the Team Captain of my Local Team. I am extremely passionate about this organization. I know I can safely say most all people have been affected by cancer in some form or fashion in their life.

The event is scheduled for June 2, 2017 (6pm-Midnight) and will be held at Skyview High School in Soldotna. I realize this is early; however, we have already started to collect donations. I love this event as we honor survivors, caregivers, and supporters! Much of the money raised here in Alaska stays here. For example, it is used for travel to medical treatment and the chapter here works with airlines to help those in the bush get to treatment along with their caregivers. The other amazing thing is 94% (94 cents from every dollar raised) goes back out in the form of research, treatments, travel expenses, wigs, and emotional/counseling support.

When I started my involvement with Relay, I had NO idea how much help was offered. Since, then I have sadly lost count of how many people I know who have passed, survived, or have been recently diagnosed with cancer. This is just a small statement about my passion for this cause. Please consider donating on this site:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?fr_id=80283&pg=personal&px=41666205

There is no one that isn’t touched by cancer.

Thank you.

Jennifer Schwartz, CO III, Wildwood Correctional Complex

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Wildwood Correctional Complex 2016 Employees of the Year

Each year, Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Complex selects its Employees of the Year.

Nominations are submitted by the entire staff and selected by an employee selection committee.

Employees are selected for demonstrated professional duty performance, service to the state and Wildwood Correctional Complex and the support and assistance provided to their fellow employees.

The winners for 2016 are Correctional Officer Sergeant Brian Johnson and Correctional Officer Max Stanton.

Sergeant Johnson, a 11 year Department of Corrections employee and Officer Stanton, a 12 year veteran of the department were selected for the award because they have been consistent, strong performers, both team players with good attitudes, a balanced demeanor, commitment to professionalism, and their ability to interact well with staff and prisoners alike.

Both Correctional Officer Sergeant Johnson and Officer Stanton are positive role models and greatly contribute to an effective work force and a positive work environment.

We appreciate you!

Sgt. Brian Johnson

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Officer Max Stanton

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Win Win Situation for Wildwood Inmate and Kenai Peninsula Business

Thomas Lorah is our latest participant in the Vocational Work Release Program at Alaska Department of Corrections Wildwood Correctional Complex. He was sentenced in 2012 and sent to WCC where he has remained. He completed a 6000 hour DOL Apprenticeship Program in Baking, completed several NCCER programs, Substance Abuse Treatment as well as a participant in the summer work release program at the cannery.

We contacted a new company in Soldotna, Everything Bagels, about a possible job placement for him a few months ago. They were eager to have him come work for them in the their new store, opening up in Kenai. He is their primary baker for this location. During the soft opening, everything sold out in less than 5 hours, before the lunch rush even started.

Several DOC employees went to the opening to support our newest participant and business (could be the reason they sold out so fast).

Thomas is extremely happy and loves what he is doing and it shows. He had a smile on his face the whole time. It was a perfect fit for both the employer and the employee.

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New Kenai program aims to help prisoners re-enter society, KTUU Channel 2 News

Check out this KTUU Channel 2 News story on Wildwood Correctional’s Work Release Program that is helping prisoners re-enter society successfully

Wildwood’s Making Toys For Christmas

A small group of offenders at Alaska Department of Corrections

Wildwood Correctional Center were motivated to help put presents under the tree for needy children.

Although they got a late start, in just three weeks, they put together 15 trucks and 4 trains to be donated to families in need. The group is motivated and have decided to continue making toys for next holiday season in hopes that they can help several more families and more importantly put a smile on the children’s face Christmas morning.

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