Husband and wife crime counsellors recognised for their work
A husband and wife who have spent 20 years counselling inmates and their families were each honoured with a CableVision Community Service Award yesterday.
Ed (Icewater) and Lois Smith have supported both the victims and perpetrators of crime through the Bermuda Prison Fellowship.
They’re the first couple to be honoured by CableVision, since it began recognising positive efforts in the community in 2004.
CableVision’s Tracy-Lynn Harney said the Smiths visit Westgate Correctional Facility and King Edward VII Memorial Hospital six days a week, and have touched the lives of thousands.
“They see it as their job simply to listen; not to ask questions, preach or judge,” Dr Harney said. “Operating in a system based on love and understanding, they work to meet people’s needs, whatever they might be.
“Over the years, the couple have built a strong rapport with their clients and helped them build confidence and a vision to become the best person they can be in the future.
“In fact, the couple have been approached by many foreign prisoners that they have worked with and found them to be so grateful for the encouragement they offered.
“Some have gone on to open their own businesses and make something of themselves, which I’m sure is rewarding to Ed and Lois.”
A tearful Leah Scott hugged both recipients. “I cannot imagine how many hearts od lives you have touched, said Ms Scott, Acting Minister of Public Safety.
“What you have given to this community is immeasurable and I would like to thank you both from the bottom of my heart.”
Commissioner of Prisons Eddie Lamb praised the couple for their invaluable contribution.
“Mr and Mrs Smith are both incredible to all of us within Corrections the officers and staff as well as the inmates and their families. I think this is a just reward for their tireless work in God’s vineyard.
“If more Bermudians were so loving, so selfless and so giving, we would conquer all of our issues overnight.”
CableVision general manager Terry Roberson presented the couple with a $1,000 donation in addition to the award, to help them continue their good work.
Mr and Mrs Smith both thanked God for His guidance in performing their work.
Said Mr Smith: “They say when we do good, good will follow. I have learned that when you do good not only does good follow, but God follows you. He never leaves you.”
Ms Smith added: “When we go into the prisons, the guys and the women all appreciate us coming in. They respect us and I’m thankful that I’m able to show respect and share God’s word.”
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