Hello and Welcome to 2019. As this New Year begins, I am honored to be representing the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA) as the newly elected Association President. I look forward to my tenure for the next 3 years, working with members of our Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
At this time I would like to extend my gratitude to the previous Executive Board for their hard work and dedication in the challenges they faced during their tenure. Due to their efforts we can continue to exist as the professional organization that was founded 45 years ago.
I began my career with the California Department of Corrections in 1998 at California Institution for Men (CIM) as a medical transcriber and then to records as an Office Technician. I promoted to Office Service Supervisor I and Correctional Case Records Analyst. While at CIM I was introduced to CCWA by Mary Duran, a very active member. I became the Chino Chapter secretary. In 2006 I promoted to Parole Service Associate and moved to Blythe, California. I began working at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison and have also worked at Ironwood State Prison, continuing my CCWA membership at CVSP Blythe I Chapter. I became the Chapter President and am currently the Vice-President of the chapter. Our chapter is very active at the institution and sponsorship within the community.
As the department continues to evolve, we as an organization will need to follow suit. We will continue to assist, encourage, and equip our members with the ability to adapt to these changes. Our goal as an organization will be to focus on our membership and encourage growth with new members through recruitment. We will keep our current and potential members informed of all that our organization stands for regarding upward mobility and training and development for all, being the BEST people we can be for the betterment of our work environment and the world.
One of our goals will also be to continue the mentorship program that our previous president Tony Martinez was so passionate about. This is a program that will help new members by pairing them with an experienced member, teaching them what our motto of Somos Familia (We are Family) means.
This year the Central Valley will be hosting our Association Training Conference on November 15, 2019 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. We look forward to seeing all of you there for this event, as it promises to be a very informative and memorable conference.
In closing I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support of our organization. Anyone interested in becoming a member, please see your local chapter representative at your institution.
Thank you for your support and God bless you and your families, and may you have a safe and prosperous year.
Past President’s Letter
As my term comes to an end, I want to reflect on the many accomplishments we have made during this time. I want to acknowledge the Board of Directors (BOD) for all of their hard work and dedication to the Chicano Correctional Workers Association (CCWA). A special thank you to the Executive Board members who specifically gave so much of their own time and energy, providing guidance and advice to ensure my term as your Association President was successful.
Since 2016, CCWA was met with some very difficult situations that challenged the very existence of our association. Fortunately, the BOD entrusted the executive body with the task of taking on these challenges. For the next two years, they worked diligently and meticulously and finally in 2018, CCWA not only met those challenges, but defeated them.
As the association moved forward, some of the goals I set for myself did not come to fruition. It was my desire to attend a vast amount of chapter meetings throughout the state. Another goal of mine was to hold a state-wide youth conference. Unfortunately, the challenges and obstacles our association was dealing with also hindered my travel to the myriad of institutions. However, I was able to meet with CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan, Undersecretary Ralph M. Diaz and visit with wardens from seven institutions. All were positive meetings.
The renewal and purpose of the Chicano Correctional Workers Foundation (CCWF) was to donate resources and provide awards and recognition to members for worthy causes. This year our awards will go to a supervisor and an employee who demonstrates CCWA values for outstanding service. I would like to mention the creation of the CCWF “Dream Makers Foundation”. The purpose of the “Dream Makers Foundation” is to make a wish come true for children battling life threatening diseases. Special thanks to the Avenal Chapter for winning the contest by submitting the name “Dream Makers”.
In addition, we celebrated the 45th anniversary of CCWA. It coincided with the bi-annual training conference held in Sacramento. My thanks to the training committee members for their diligence and hard work in hosting such a successful conference. It was an opportunity to invite founding members of CCWA to attend and relate their experiences. I look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary.
In closing, I want to say thank you to the members for their support during my term, (I will retire November 2, 2018). Without you we could not have met our challenges and together, we have become a better and stronger CCWA, and most importantly, family.
May God keep you safe as you continue to work one of the toughest jobs in the state. “We are Family, Somos Familia”.
Chicano Correctional Workers Association