Local probation officer recognized

Youth probation officer's long service record honoured by B.C.'s solicitor general.

A Kelowna youth probation officer has been recognized for her work by the province.

Charlene Lewis was among 28 corrections and probation officers from around B.C. honoured at the recent Solicitor General’s annual Corrections Exemplary Service Medals award ceremony.

The awards are presented to Corrections staff members who have reached milestones for exemplary service, beginning at 20 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and 30 years for the Corrections Exemplary Service Bar.

“It’s good to see an officer from Kelowna Youth Probation receiving some much-deserved recognition. Efforts from dedicated officers like Charlene Lewis have made, and continue to make, a significant difference in the community,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart

The first Canadian medal to recognize long and outstanding service in the public safety professions was the Police Exemplary Service Medal, created in 1982. The second was the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal, created in 1984.

The standards for the awards are established by the Chancellery of Canadian Orders and Decorations for medal recipients.