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​Anna Weglarz

Senior Overseer, Cooma Correctional Centre
Three years with Corrective Services NSW

Anna Weglarz never expected her skills creating ballroom dresses would one day be used in a prison.

Nearly two decades later and the 45-year-old is the Senior Overseer in the industries area at Cooma Correctional Centre, which includes a textiles section where inmates manufacture prison clothing, underwear and other garments.

Mr Weglarz is among the more than 9,000 Corrective Services NSW staff being celebrated for their commitment to community safety on National Corrections Day, Friday 18 January.

“I’m a qualified dressmaker but I never would have guessed that I would re-use those skills in a prison,” Ms Weglarz says.

“At Cooma, we have a team of enthusiastic and helpful overseers who lead inmates in various work programs including in the laundry, food services, grounds maintenance, the CSNSW Museum and community projects.”

Ms Weglarz says such opportunities provided inmates with skills they could use anywhere.

“We’re teaching them to get up every day, go to work, have purpose and take pride in the products they are producing,” Ms Weglarz says.

“The inmates take their work participation seriously as they know they need to earn the right for the privilege.”

Before joining CSNSW in 2016, Ms Weglarz was a correctional officer for five years in the United Kingdom and nearly two years in ACT Corrections.

Anna Weglarz