Minister for Legal Affairs, Home Affairs and National Security, Senator the honourable Victor Phillip La Corbiniere was on hand at the Bordelais Correctional Facility to demonstrate his support for the transition in leadership which took effect on Friday, February 27, 2015.
A welcoming ceremony and parade marked a momentous start to the tour of duty of Mr. Verne Garde, who is a career law enforcement professional.
The minister welcomed the new director to the folds of the Bordelais Correctional Facility and expressed confidence that the management team and personnel will ensure that there is a positive transition process.
“A transition must be smooth and peaceful in any institution. There is absolutely no room for any kind of difficulty or any kind of disruption in terms of the management of the institution or organization. This transition has to be smooth and it has to be a disciplined transition,” Minister La Corbiniere said.
According to the minister, the ceremony reinforces the values of discipline, professionalism and respect that the Bordelais Correctional Facility upholds. Minister La Corbiniere acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the outgoing director, Mr. Hilary Herman, and thanked the Officer in Charge in the interim Assistant Director of Corrections, Mr. Wayne Charlery, for a job well done.
Meantime new director Verne Garde met the press and vouched his commitment to steering Corrections in Saint Lucia in a new direction. Mr. Garde indicated that issues of rehabilitation, corruption and welfare of workers, among others, will continue to be priority areas within the institution.