Commissioner of Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) Mr Gabriel Manelusi has congratulated Ms Bernice Kamou Wasia for graduating with a Diploma of Correctional Administration from the Queensland Corrective Services Academy (QCSA), at the Correctional Headquarter on 14 October 2020.
This professional development programme is an ongoing initiative embraced through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed between CSSI and Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) in 2018. This MOU includes twining partnership deliveries of professional training programs to selected CSSI officers and these programs provide access to international “best-practice” training and development opportunities, as delivered to all staff of the QCS.
Speaking during a short graduation ceremony, Commissioner Manelusi congratulate Ms Wasia for successfully completing her program and graduating with a Diploma of Correctional Administration Certificate.
“I recognised the value of the international partnership and I fully support the continuation of the Early Management Development Program (EMDP) with QCSA. The cross-twinning development strategies in these programs are benefitting for both agencies in terms of cultural awareness and developmental understanding needs” says Manelusi.
He added, “I’m delighted to continue investing in my officers’ professional development opportunities with QCSA to ensure officers are trained in modern “assessed and evidence-based” practises to deliver effective and efficient corrective services to the Solomon Islands.
Commissioner Manelusi highlighted that QCSA has played a key role in the professional development of CSSI emerging leaders since 2016, and to date 43 CSSI officers have undertaken the QCS EMDP, with 18 officers awarded the Diploma of Correctional Administration, Ms Wasia being the most recent recipient.
Commissioner Manelusi further reiterated to those officers who graduate in all professional programs through QCS to put into practice, and continue to practice, what has been learnt during the duration of studies. I am confident in your ability to meet whatever challenges are ahead and look forward to serve with you to make Solomon Islands a safer place to live and work”.
Commissioner Manelusi acknowledged his counterpart from QCS, Commissioner Peter Martin for recognizing the value of international partnerships and the support for the continuation of the programs.
Meanwhile Ms Wasia acknowledged the CSSI Commissioners’ office for the moral support in this training programme and thanked the Australian Federal Government for funding the programme through the Office of the Australian High Commission in the Solomon Islands. Ms Wasia was enlisted in the service, in 2003 and currently she is the Supervising Director Human Resources Department at the Correctional Service Headquarter, Rove.