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‘Our correctional system is damaged,’ says John Howard Society’s new boss


‘I’m hopeful and I wish to have change. I wish to be a group with different businesses and to maintain John Howard rising,’ says Hayley Murdoch-Fyke

Hayley Murdoch-Fyke says she has all the time identified she needed to assist folks.

The 30-year-old former front-line shelter employee, who holds a bachelor’s diploma in sociology and a double minor in psychology and girls’s research, has formally taken over the function of government director for the John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka (JHSSM ) following the departure of Suzanna McCarthy at first of January.

Murdoch-Fyke stated that after getting her diploma, she returned to high school within the hopes of getting a pupil placement with JHSSM, a corporation she’d set her sights on for fairly some time.

“That is the place I knew I needed to be,” she stated, including midway by way of the faculty program, the group posted a job in its attendance heart in Orillia

Murdoch-Fyke labored in that job for 3 months till taking up a task as an institutional companies and neighborhood reintegration employee. Inside 18 months, she was promoted to a supervisor’s place operating the 2 Orillia packages in addition to the Barrie workplace.

She says she all the time knew she needed to work with individuals who had been incarcerated, noting that need got here when she was younger and seeing mates who had been typically let down by the justice system.

“Rising up, I all the time had mates who had been thought-about outcasts and who had been all the time entering into bother,” Murdoch-Fyke stated. “I noticed their dwelling lives and the place they had been coming from after which I noticed a damaged system caring for youth.

“Then as they grew up into adults, there have been even much less companies for them,” she added. “Our correctional system is damaged, so I needed to be at a spot that advocated for change in that sector. John Howard simply match all of these items.”

Though Murdoch-Fyke acknowledges she has made her method up the ranks on the native charitable group shortly, she believes that may serve her properly as she continues to assist it develop into the longer term.

“I’m younger and I really feel like I have never been on this social sector for too lengthy the place I’m pessimistic about what can occur in Barrie,” she stated. “I’m hopeful and I wish to have change. I wish to be a group with different businesses and to maintain John Howard rising. Suzanna (created) such a phenomenal basis for me to maintain shifting it ahead.

“Individuals know who we at the moment are. Purchasers are strolling in our door all day lengthy and with issues just like the warming centre, now we’re actually getting our title on the market and (letting folks know) the companies we have now.”

Murdoch-Fyke says she is aware of she has some fairly huge sneakers to fill left behind by her predecessor, however added McCarthy is simply a fast name away if she wants some recommendation.

“I’m undoubtedly a bit nervous … however we have developed such a very good friendship by way of our time collectively so I do know my mentoring will not finish simply because she’s shifting to a special sector,” she stated.

Seeking to the longer term, Murdoch-Fyke has her sights set excessive. She says she’d like to see the group — which works with people who find themselves in battle with the legislation, or prone to being in bother with the legislation — be capable of transfer to an even bigger area to ensure that them to raised serve their shoppers. She would additionally like to see the creation of a short lived housing venture for folks exiting provincial incarceration.

“We see such a loop: They get out, they’re homeless, they go into shelter … however as a result of shelter is not speculated to be steady then they don’t seem to be steady … they usually simply preserve biking forwards and backwards. Federal inmates, after they get launched, they get midway homes. They’ve a touchdown spot, whereas the (folks) getting out of the province do not,” she stated.

“That is what I want to see in our long-term aim.”

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