I have so many positive memories from my years of service. I started my career with the Correctional Service of Canada in 1977 at the Dorchester Penitentiary in Dorchester, NB. In 1982, I came to Kingston Penitentiary and worked her and in the Regional Treatment Centre until she closed on September. 23, 2013. When Kingston Penitentiary was closed, we were all given the opportunity to transfer to other institutions, thanks to the hard work of our unions. I chose Frontenac Institution, and this gave me the opportunity to work with staff that I hadn't seen in many, many years. I worked there until January 30, 2015. What a great way to finish my career!
I was always fascinated with the history that was passed on to me from the senior staff, as well as the architecture at Kingston Penitentiary. I wanted to do the tours, and I was very happy when they hired me. She is a very fine piece of Canadian history that deserves to be shown off – and I really am proud to show her off!
I have met people from all over the world who have come to see her. They have been from Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Brazil, Mexico , Ireland, Nunavut, Australia, across Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland and many locals. I believe the tours have had a great impact for the Kingston and surrounding area.