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From Cane Cutter To Corrections Officer

From Cane Cutter To Corrections Officer
Baton of Honour receiveer of the 2016 recruits Elwood Winston with his family. From right is mum Irene and dad Edward Winston. Photo:JONE LUVENITOGA
November 11
11:00 2016


He worked as a cane cutter for three years and made three attempts to join the Fiji Corrections Service, but failed them all.

Despite the setbacks, Elwood Newton from Wailevu in Labasa was determined to pursue his goal as a corrections officer.

The 23-year-old’s dream became a reality yesterday after he was among more than 54 recruits who graduated at the Naboro Corrections Academy in Suva.

He and other recruits underwent a three month basic recruitment course at the academy.

Not only did he graduate, but he was also awarded the Baton of Honour, an award given to the individual whose performance had been consistent throughout all phases of the basic recruit training.

“This is a dream come true for me and one of the happiest days of my life, I want to thank the Almighty for my achievement today.

“I applied three times, but was all unsuccessful, but I finally got in after the fourth attempt. I didn’t give up on my dream and despite the challenges, I was determined to overcome them,” Mr Newton said.

The former All Saints Secondary School student from Savusavu advised young people to use their time wisely.

“Along the process of pursing my dream to become a corrections officer, I was working as a cane cutter in Labasa just to help my parents financially.

“Every time when I was out in the sugar cane field, I reminded myself that I should continue to work hard so that one day I will become a corrections officer.

“Hard work pays off, it doesn’t matter which background you are from, but if you are determined to achieve your dream then you will surely become successful,” Mr Newton said.

He reminded young people to remember their humble beginnings if they become successful, since it was the motivating factor to his success.

“I will continue to work hard from here and diligently carry out the responsibilities bestowed upon me,” Mr Newton said.

His parents, Irene Newton and Edward Newton came all the way from Labasa to witness their son’s graduation.

Ms Newton was in tears when she tried to express her feelings about her son’s achievement.

“We didn’t expect him to be recruited as a corrections officer after applying three times and was all unsuccessful.

“But it was his dream ever since childhood to become a corrections officer. He kept on trying until he got it and I am so proud of him,” she said.

Ms Newton said Elwood stepped up to assist his family after her husband lost his job.

She said Elwood was obedient and had set a good example for his two siblings.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce



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