26 May Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Canada (APOC)
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Canada (APOC) is still in its infancy. We have mailed posters and two books – Knowledge of Higher Worlds and Theosophy – to all prison libraries in federal institutions. We have provided information packets to a few inmates who responded to our invitations. We have a book list prepared to share with prisoners who wish to engage with our lending library. We have prepared a detailed Facilitator’s Guide for delivering a 7 week seminar on the 6 Introductory Exercises at a prison. We will shortly mail to federal prisons a third book and a number of newsletters prepared by Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in the U.S.
However, we have reached a cross-roads of sorts. To move forward and develop more meaningful connections with prisoners, it will be necessary to engage over the phone and via email frequently with prison administrators, librarians and chaplains. This will require an ongoing time commitment during the work week (Mondays to Fridays). Unfortunately, this is practically unfeasible for the current leader of the initiative, Tim Nadelle, who has a demanding full-time career.
APOC, therefore, is seeking new leadership, a person willing to take on the role of Director. This will be a volunteer position, as APOC does not have funding for any full-time staff. The Director will be responsible for building and driving APOC’s vision for the future, for strategic decision-making, for communicating with prison employees and for organising APOC’s operations. It may also require expanding the small group of volunteers supporting the initiative. It will sometimes be necessary to roll up your sleeves, buy stamps, print labels and other materials and mail packages. A volunteer commitment of ten hours per week on average, during the work week, would likely suffice.
This is an opportunity to bring anthroposophy within the reach of some of society’s most disenfranchised people, to really make a positive difference in their lives. Our colleagues in the U.S. have been running Anthroposophical Prison outreach for almost twenty years and have helped thousands of prisoners find inspiration and a path forward. If anyone is interested in learning more about this leadership role, please contact Tim Nadelle. Tim’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just contact the Anthroposophical Society’s Administrator, Jef Saunders, who can introduce you to Tim.