Senior Overseer, Cooma Correctional Centre
Three years with Corrective Services NSW
never expected her skills creating ballroom dresses would one day be used in a
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
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.”
says such opportunities provided inmates with skills they could use anywhere.
teaching them to get up every day, go to work, have purpose and take pride in
the products they are producing,” Ms Weglarz says.
take their work participation seriously as they know they need to earn the
right for the privilege.”
joining CSNSW in 2016, Ms Weglarz was a correctional officer for five years in
the United Kingdom and nearly two years in ACT Corrections.