There are many reasons people want to remove an old criminal record. The most popular reasons to remove a criminal record are for employment and travel, however criminal checks are now being done for all volunteer and coaching opportunities as well.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence and the charge was withdrawn, stayed, dismissed, peace bond, diversion or discharged, it can still be seen in a criminal check. This can be very embarrasing for a parent who wishes to volunteer for their child’s school for example.
Once the criminal record is removed by way of a pardon/record suspension or file destruction, then the criminal check will be clean and you will be safe for volunteering and coaching.
Here is a recent thank you letter from a person we helped to remove a criminal record of theft:
“Words cannot express how relieved I was to receive confirmation of the granting of my official pardon in November 2013. This reprieve is shared by all members of my family. They have expressed their happiness by added love and respect.”
“I have worked extremely hard over the years to provide the best possible life for me and those around me, especially my family. As a result of the lesion I learn from doing time for an indictable offense, I have been able to turn my life around and excel in life. In turn it has returned great personal reward. I have used my mistake to foster a positive outlook on my life and the lives of those around me. As a result I have influenced people to not take freedom of choice for granted. The right choices can lead to great beneficial accomplishments.”
“I have been very open with my family about my conviction. I have used what I learned from this ordeal to teach my children the negative effects that drugs have on people’s lives. My kids are 17 and 15 year old girls. I teach them that the consequences of drugs/alcohol can be very destructive. I promote openness among my kids and they embrace it tremendously. I have also conveyed my thoughts to their friends and have witnessed success.”
“I wish to become a greater contributor to my community-based volunteer organization. I now have the opportunity to play an advanced part in these and other organizations.”
“I have played and been a fan of hockey since I was a small boy. During my younger years I excelled in the sport. I always wanted to help kids develop their skill level in hockey. I now have the opportunity to take part in coaching minor hockey players in our town league.”
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.