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Charles W. Colson

In 1974 , Charles W. Colson, one of President Nixon’s top aides, entered a plea of guilty to obstruction of justice related to the Watergate scandal. Having already become a Christian, he entered Maxwell Prison in Alabama where he served seven months of his sentence.

When he left prison in 1976, Chuck Colson founded Prison Fellowship, an outreach to offenders, ex-offenders, and their families.

At Colson’s invitation, Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian cabinet minister, and a small group of friends in Ottawa, inaugurated the work in Canada in 1980, forming Prison Fellowship Canada.

Today Prison Fellowship Canada is a community-based movement of volunteers in every province and territory. From the Yukon to Southern Ontario and from Vancouver Island to the Maritimes, PFC is touching the lives of offenders, ex-offenders and their families through this remarkable ministry.

In light of ever-increasing need, Prison Fellowship Canada prides itself on being contextually relevant, providing programming or partnering with others to meet the needs of offenders, ex-offenders, their families and victims.

With a foundational belief in the transformational power of God in bringing true justice to bear, Prison Fellowship Canada looks forward to <em>Serving Life</em> alongside whole communities as we bring significant social change to Canada’s justice landscape.

Prison Fellowship Canada was incorporated in 1980, and is a charter member of Prison Fellowship International. With over 100,000 volunteers in 125 countries, together we form the largest prison ministry network in the world.

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