To celebrate a fifty year history and continuing partnership between the Town of Drumheller and the Drumheller Institution, Mayor Terry Yemen presented the Institution with Freedom of the Town on Sept. 9.
The event began with a ceremonial march by Correctional Service of Canada from the BCF to Drumheller Town Hall. At Town Hall, Acting Warden Pattie Krafchuk asked for Freedom of the Town and Mayor Terry Yemen performed a ceremonial inspection of the guards before approving her request.
After Freedom of the Town was granted, the Town and the Institution swapped flags before marching back to the BCF.
"The Town Mayor, Worship Terry Yemen, granted us June 1 to be known as Correctional Service of Canada Day. So, on June 1, they'll fly the Correctional Service of Canada flag for us, and every year thereafter," explained Acting Warden Krafchuk.
Freedom of the Town represents a trust between the Town and the Institution.
"It means everything. The partnership between the Town and the Drumheller Insitution is amazing," admitted Acting Warden Krafchuk about the honour. "They work with us all the time to re-integrate our offenders and, yes, we've got a strong, strong relationship and it'll continue."
Acting Warden Krafchuk said the celebrations are just beginning.
"Tonight, we're also celebrating Drumheller Institution's fiftieth anniversary of being in the community. We're going to have a gala at the BCF tonight for that and do some more celebrating."
The gala was open to anyone who was able to get a ticket, said Acting Warden Krafchuk, but the 300 tickets sold out fast.