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Palmer Elks name CO II Mike Canada as ‘Officer of the Year’

Mike Canada

Palmer Correctional Center CO II Mike Canada

Correctional Officer Mike Canada has received the 2012 “Officer of the Year” award given annually by Palmer Elk’s Lodge 1842. He was nominated by his peers at Palmer Correctional Center. In nominating Officer Canada, a coworker wrote: “Officer Mike Canada exemplifies professionalism, dedication to duty, flexibility and attention to detail, all hallmarks of a good officer. Officer Canada has always demonstrated the highest level of integrity in all his duties and at all times has a great attitude. He has modeled flexibility in his readiness to accept and excel in all his assignments. Officer Canada is the type of officer that can be depended on no matter the duty, situation or emergency. Officer Canada models the type of professionalism we should all aspire to and has been a highly valued member of every team in which he has been involved. The field of corrections and Palmer Correctional Center are better for having Officer Canada within their ranks.”

Correctional Officers form Honor Guard for CO Jansson

On Friday May 4 Correctional Officers formed an honor guard at the Palmer Central Office to give tribute to CO Merian Jansson who’d passed away April 27. After working as an administrative clerk at Palmer Correctional Center, Jansson became a Correctional Officer in 1999. The honor guard was organized through the efforts of Department of Corrections Training Academy. Chaplain Burt McQueen of the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska Correctional Officers Association.

PCC Jones, Vicere receive Palmer Elks service award


Palmer Correctional Center CO II James Jones and Administrative Assistant Christine Vicere were recognized with the Palmer Elks Lodge #1842 Law, Order, and Public Safety award for 2011. Officer Jones began his career with the Department of Corrections in 1999 and Ms. Vicere began hers in January of 2010.

“Palmer Correctional staff nominated coworkers whom they believe contributed the most during the year. Each award recipient displayed integrity, professionalism, and dedication to get the job done regardless of the daily challenges while maintaining the team concept of Palmer Correctional Center,” said Superintendent Tomi Anderson. ” We are very proud of their contributions to the department and to the state.”

Smiles for a Child project of King Career Center class


The Anchorage School District King Career Center’s Public Safety & Security class is conducting a community service project paired with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton. On Thanksgiving weekend students and instructor Teena Calkin will be at the Simon 5th Ave. Mall in downtown Anchorage collecting new unwrapped toys for over 100 children of incarcerated inmates at Palmer Correctional Center.

Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas. This criminal justice class is working with the correctional facility in order to bring a smile to a child during the holiday season. The gifts will be wrapped and given or sent to inmate’s children.

Last year’s drive was a huge success thanks to the many personal, business, charitable organizations and local and national retailers. Anyone wishing to donate gifts or postage shouldcontact Instructor Teena Calkin at the King Career Center at 742-8996 or calkin_teena@asdk12.org.

PCC inmates create wreaths for Light of Hope auction


Inmate volunteers from Palmer Correctional Center created 20 wreaths for donation to the Light of Hope Wreath Auction which is a fund-raiser for the 8th-annual Light of Hope event in April 2011, said PCC Superintendent Cindy Betts. Light of Hope is a volunteer organization which brings attention to National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month.The auction is runs Nov. 8-30 at the AT&T Sports Center in Palmer; the wreaths will be on display at the lobby, snack bar and track.