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• COVID medals for chaplains

Corrective Services NSW recently awarded medals of appreciation to all staff and chaplains, including Salvation Army prison chaplains, at state-run centres, for their support and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne Cook proudly displays the COVID medal he, and other Salvation Army prison chaplains, received.

“The NSW/ACT Correctional Chaplains (prison chaplains) have been at the forefront in correctional centres in both NSW and the ACT supporting staff and inmates during these days,” said Wayne Cook, Team Leader - Prison Chaplains – NSW/ACT Chaplaincy.

“Correctional Chaplaincy in NSW and the ACT were never excluded from any centre during the pandemic. We have always been encouraged to attend the centres to support staff and inmates as we all tried to navigate this virus as it went through our communities. Prisons were no different. So, for our chaplains, it has been ministry as usual. What an amazing blessing this has been.”

In previous years, correctional chaplains only received medals for years of service.

“Because of the work that the chaplains did over this (COVID) time, and are still doing, supporting staff and inmates alike, the Commissioner for Corrections NSW awarded the COVID Medal to chaplains as well,” explained Wayne. "It has been a privilege to receive this medal."

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