Pet Visitation Facilitator

(Ontario. Ministry of the Solicitor General, Penetanguishene, Central North Correctional Centre)

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Position ID: V-MID0735 Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 Last Full Update: 26 Jan 2020
Opportunity Details
ContactLiz Cascagnette, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Central North Correctional Centre; Phone: 705-549-9470 ext 3013; Fax: 705-549-0633; Email:
DutiesThis Pet Visitation Service Facilitator position reports to the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC). The team (dog/facilitator) are responsible for delivering a pet visitation service to special needs offenders (including women) at CNCC in compliance with the Ministry of the Solicitor General policies and procedures. 
The Pet Visitation team will: 
1. Promote a more positive environment for offenders on the Specialized Care and Women’s unit who may be having troubles adjusting to institutional life; 
2. Increase levels of trust with the collaboration of facilitator and dog; 
3. Reduce levels of stress through the companionship of facilitator and dog; 
4. Ease levels of anxiety and loneliness through interaction with facilitator and dog.
Benefits1. Gain facilitation skills and provide a community service; 
2. Portray a positive role model to offenders; 
3. Enhance existing organizational and communication skills; 
4. Non-Security Training and Orientation 
5. Ongoing Training Opportunities; 
6. Assist society in being part of the team that works to rehabilitate and prepare offenders for re-entry to their respective communities; 
7. Annual Volunteer Recognition Event, locally, and Ministry of Solicitor General recognition program, provincially.
ClientsOur clients at Central North Correctional Centre are offenders (men and women) in a maximum-security institution serving two years less a day. Some offenders are awaiting trial and/or sentencing.
Ages21 year(s) - 95 year(s)
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Individuals ; Community Groups
Areas of InterestAnimal Services ; Community Outreach ; Legal & Law Services / Justice / Probation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills - Possesses the interpersonal skills necessary to elicit support from correctional staff and possesses the judgment necessary to maintain respect and tolerance at all times ; Confidentiality - Honest, dependable and can maintain strict confidentiality ; Dependability & Trustworthiness - Respects the privacy and dignity of the inmate ; Friendly & Outgoing - Non-judgmental attitude toward offenders; Is friendly, patient and has good relational skills ; Listening Skills - Must adhere to direction of staff ; Patience - Facilitator and dog demonstrate high levels of patience ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently - Specially trained and certified dog handler with recognized organization who has received security clearance by the institution ; Skilled Labour - Facilitator and dog demonstrate certification in obedience program ; Team Work - Is sensitive to the hierarchy of protocol in a maximum security setting ; * Volunteer must provide annual health certificate from a registered veterinarian for each dog they will be utilizing for this service; 
* Volunteer must provide certificate of completion of recognized dog handling course/program for each dog being used in the pet visitation service; 
* Volunteer must provide annual insurance certificate acknowledging personal liability insurance in an amount of no less than $2M, for each service dog; 
* Volunteer must maintain Attendance and Waiver documents in binder; 
* Volunteer will ensure dog is cleaned and groomed prior to each visit to cut down on dander, odours and hair in the institution.
Commitment Length6 months minimum
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Handler and dog meet one:one with offender for 5-15 minutes each.
Minimum Hours1 / Week
Dates and TimesThursday: Afternoon (1 pm-2 pm) 
Friday: Evening (3 pm-4 pm) 
Times are fixed due to operational needs of the institution.
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Number of PositionsSimcoe County: 2 individual(s) 
2 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training on the job
TransportationCar required
Application Deadline28 Feb 2020
CostReimburse for Vulnerable Sector Check (must inquire first to be eligible)
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsObedience training with certification of dog's demeanour for working with specialized inmates. 
$2M personal liability
Liability InsuranceAvailable
Agency Details
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Organization NameOntario. Ministry of the Solicitor General, Penetanguishene, Central North Correctional Centre
Office Phone705-549-9470
Address & Map
1501 Fuller Ave
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 2H4
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Mailing Address1501 Fuller Ave 
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 2H4