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Robert (Bob) Russell

Robert (Bob) Russell

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 1977
Program: Correctional Worker

Committed to Community Service

Bob Russell is a true believer in lifelong learning. Although he graduated nearly 40 years ago, he continues to purse higher education here at Sheridan and elsewhere to expand his skill sets and better contribute to his community. Recently, he was working towards his sixth certification in non-profit and voluntary leadership.

Bob was involved in the Halton Crime Stoppers Jail and Bail fundraising event in 2011. He is currently involved in an executive position with the 63rd Baden-Powell Fellowship in Canada in Oakville, Ontario. It is in partnership with Scouts Canada. Bob is also the past recipient of the Correctional Minister’s Award for Exceptional Community Service.

Following his graduation in 1977, Bob joined the Ontario Public Service where he worked for nearly 30 years. He was a Correctional Officer at the Metro Toronto Forensic Service, Mimico Correctional Centre and an Acting Control Supervisor at OCI, Brampton. Bob was a Provincial Bailiff involved in the transportation of offenders across the province. Among his additional education is certification in Adult Education (High Honours) which he put to good use as Program Coordinator at the Ontario Parole Board.

Bob was involved with the Ontario Association of Corrections and Criminology for nearly two decades. As the editor of their newsletter for eleven years, Bob promoted Sheridan program faculty and graduates. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, a student from the former Correctional Worker Program was appointed to the board adding a fresh perspective to the membership activities. The Association also established a Sheridan scholarship in the support of the Correctional Worker Program.

A long-life supporter of alumni events at Sheridan, Bob rarely misses a chance to reconnect with all college alumni from all programs and to promote the benefits of a Sheridan education. A past Convocation Speaker, he is quick to point out the college’s approach to learning. “Sheridan had a positive impact on my life & career. Besides taking the core concepts of penology, criminal and the behavioural sciences, the program gave me an excellent applied liberal arts education.” He is a past member of the quarterly breakfast meetings held by the Sheridan Elder Research Centre. Lastly, he is also a member of LinkedIn and their discussion groups for social networking.

Despite his early retirement from Ontario Corrections in 2006, Bob remains active in the community. “My early days at Sheridan instilled in me the concept of lifelong learning and giving back,” he says. He attends conferences, attends conference and has done self-directed learning in the ever growing restorative justice movement. In fact, Bob is signing up for courses in Dispute Resolution at the college in 2016. This will be building blocks for him in his passion for restorative justice and learning new transferable skill sets in dealing with disputes. He also learned more about restorative justice practices as a former member of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections. Bob has also passed on his knowledge of the Ontario Criminal Justice System to members of the Board of Directors for the Bridge House in Hamilton, Ontario.

In July 2012, Bob travelled to reunite with people he met 30 years ago as a Duke of Edinburgh Award in Canada program leader. In 1982, led a group of students on the three week gold-level personal development program in Staffordshire, England. The following year, he organized a return visit of students and leaders to Ontario.