Wayne, who spent time in prison himself and experienced first-hand the difficulties of returning to a normal life, committed himself to transform the lives of former prisoners. He worked tirelessly to ensure that former prisoners were given a chance at rehabilitation and did not regress into criminal activity. He inspired many to work to overcome the financial, emotional and psychological obstacles.
Through Wayne’s efforts I was convinced that prisoners should not just be released back into society without rehabilitation. His efforts have shown us that people can change, and they can turn their lives around. The UNC understands the urgent need for prison reform, which is a major factor in reducing recidivism and crime in the long run. For this, Mr. Chance, we are forever grateful, for you have shown us there can be some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to prison reform in our nation.
Our country owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Chance and all the persons associated with Vision on Mission for their important work over the years. It is my hope that more people will come forward and join in working to help ex-prisoners and others who may be facing difficulties, so that they too can improve their circumstances and become productive citizens.
On my behalf, and on behalf of the Opposition, I extend condolences to Mr. Chance’s family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition