"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (23 Oct. 2017) — "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kellie Shand, a long-time BCGEU member, who tragically died while on shift as a correctional officer at Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC)," said Stephanie Smith, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE), in a statement.
"This is a terrible tragedy for not only our Corrections and Sheriffs component, but for our entire union. In his 22-year career as a correctional officer, Kellie was a committed and experienced professional, dedicated to keeping our communities safe," said Smith.
"While the exact circumstances of his passing are still being determined, I want to reaffirm our union's commitment to workplace safety and protection on the job," she continued.
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time," said Smith.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE