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Five Volunteers Sign Up With Fiji Corrections Service To Be Mentors

This, for them, will be a golden opportunity to help the selected inmates. Five volunteers yesterday signed an agreement with the Fiji Corrections Service to be mentors. Welcoming the five
27 Aug 2019 12:34
Five Volunteers Sign Up With Fiji Corrections Service To Be Mentors
Guard commander Sgt. Venina Naitogotogo (left) with her team of RFMF personnel during the State House Change of Guard ceremony on November 30, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

This, for them, will be a golden opportunity to help the selected inmates.

Five volunteers yesterday signed an agreement with the Fiji Corrections Service to be mentors.

Welcoming the five mentors the Corrections Commissioner, Commander Francis Kean, thanked them saying they would be engaged in a life changing programme.

This, for them, will be a golden opportunity to help the selected inmates.

He said there was no life in prison so through their engagement with their mentees; they would open new doors of opportunities for them.

New mentor, 40-year-old Laiakini Waqanisau, said he had several attempts to be engaged with the Yellow Ribbon programme for a long time.

He said when he visited his father’s graveyard at Lovonilase this year, a prison officer who was attending a funeral told him about the Yellow Ribbon programme.

“I told him that I wanted to be a mentor and he explained the procedures I had to follow,” Mr Waqanisau said

“I’m happy to be one of the five new mentors. This will be a big challenge for me, but I’m all geared for it.”

He met his mentee yesterday.

The four other mentors – Taitusi Tavakaturaga,  a retired manager of Bank New South Wales (Now the Westpac Banking Corporation) and now a Christian Minister.

Simon Whiteside, 63, is an Australian citizen working in Fiji on the Fiji Programme Support Facility. He has three years work contract with the Ministry of Health from 2018 to 2020.

He had 17 years experience in mentoring counterparts across Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Australia and UK.

Having been a volunteer under the Australian Aid programme with refugees in Australia and England, Mr Whiteside has experience working with people of different backgrounds.

His contract work with Ministry of Health will expire in July 2020.

Sisalo Otealagi, 58, was the First Secretary at the Fiji Embassy in Ethiopia in 2016 until he retired in September 2018; and self-employed 56-year-old Abdul Hafiz Ali.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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