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ARCHIVED - Edward J. McIsaac, former Executive Director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, receives Public Service Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career

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OTTAWA, June 18, 2009 – Today, Mr. Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, is proud to announce that Mr. Edward J. McIsaac, former Executive Director of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, will receive the prestigious Public Service Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career.

Canadians owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. McIsaac for promoting social justice in federal prisons over the course of his outstanding career. Mr. McIsaac has held the position of Executive Director at the Office of the Correctional Investigator for 19 years.

Working in corrections is a tough job. But in his nearly two decades with the Office, Mr. McIsaac has made it look easy. The challenge is to find workable solutions in very difficult and highly charged environments, where negotiation is the key to success. In this role, Mr. McIsaac has won the respect of wardens, those working in corrections, and imprisoned men and women across Canada. He has been described as the “conscience” of the Office of the Correctional Investigator.

Mr. McIsaac has worked tirelessly to promote the fair and human treatment of federal offenders. His relentless desire to uphold human rights was the driving force behind many reforms aimed at promoting social justice in federal prisons. Mr. McIsaac is a role model to many working in corrections and is an inspiration as someone who has the courage of his convictions.

Around the world, Mr. McIsaac is the subject expert on addressing human rights violations in federal prisons. Canadians applaud Mr. McIsaac for his excellent leadership in ensuring that our correctional system is world class.

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For further information:
Ivan Zinger, LL.B., Ph.D.
Executive Director and General Counsel
Office of the Correctional Investigator
Tel: (613) 990-2690