News Corrections officers supporting Bracebridge women’s shelter SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Friday Feb. 22nd, 2019 Officer Leah Lewis, Officer Cecilia Patenaude and Officer Charmaine Murphy pose in front of some of the contributions for the Essentials collection. (Supplied Photo) Up to 400 corrections officers and staff from the Beaver Creek Institution are participating in a fundraiser. It is in support of the Muskoka Interval House in Bracebridge, a local women’s shelter. Officer Charmaine Murphy is spearheading a drive for items for a silent auction that will see all the officers in the Beaver Creek Medium Institution bid on the gathered items with the proceeds going to the shelter. Murphy is pleased to be involved, saying it might show the public a different side to corrections officers, who by the very nature of their job, do not interact or get seen by the public much. “It’s been fantastic,” she says of contributors to the auction. “We’ve gotten some things from Muskoka Highlands, Muskoka Spa for Pets, the grocery store gave us a basket of items. There has been a lot of support from the membership itself with the Essentials Drive. Because we are getting the essentials the ladies need when they first set up home.” The support for the shelter is in line with the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8th. “It was international women’s day that brought this to light,” she says. “We decided regionally we were going to raise money for women’s shelters so we chose Bracebridge Interval House being as it is right here in our hometown.” The auction will be done through internal email reaching the 400 employees and also has the support of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers. Bidding will continue through to March 15th. Interval House is part of the Muskoka Women’s Shelter and Services – which also includes Chrysalis in Huntsville. You can find out more about the services they offer by clicking here.