I would like to remove my profile on your website. I've met a pen pal who I'm writing. I'm a one woman pen pal kinda guy. Thank you very much for your co-operation and I have passed your address to other interested inmates.
I just wanted to write and say thanks for everything. I'm pretty sure I found what I was looking for. That being said you can end my account with your site.
~ Charles Belisle
Hello, thought I'd write & let you know I am currently in a committed relationship and formally ask you to delete my profile as it would be disrespectful to continue receiving letters from other men. I thank you for providing this service for those of us who are incarcerated.
~ Darcy Healey
I would like to take down my profile from your website. I met someone wonderful through your website and would like to thank you for helping me meet her. My relationship is becoming serious and would like to cancel my profile please and thank you.
just wanted to thank Canadian Inmates Connect for connecting me with
someone that I can relate to on a different level. It’s refreshing to be
able to talk to someone who is unbiased without feeling like you are
being judged. With the help of C.I.C I have found a lifelong friend. We
both went into this blindly for different reasons and the outcome has
been nothing short of greatness. My expectations have been exceeded. Had
it not been for C.I.C I would have never crossed paths with the person I
met and for that I say, Thank You.
(Sent via email)
I just want to commend you for your site. As the mother of an inmate
and a pen pal to many of her friends also incarcerated over the years, I
understand the importance of a letter to an inmate. While others may
raise a brow or roll an eye at your site, I want to say good on you!
Keep up the good work!
~ Signed "J"
(Sent via email)
am truly sorry for all the hate mail you probably received, and will
continue to receive now that you have become a trending subject through
intentions are pure, innocent and human. Those are good qualities as
you can see the best in people who might have done the worst. You can
let them have their chance to grow out of their misery and change
themselves for someone that matter to them. Or simply have a pen pal.
I've never been incarcerated but I know it must get lonely sometimes. My
parents are actually both prison guards, so I get stories.
consider writing to someone, not to seek a relationship as I am not
qualified for that (I have my own problems to work out first), but at
least give a chance to somebody to say what they want to say, talk about
what they want to talk about, and try to find a motivation to be better
and even maybe one day, be able to come back into Society.
initiative should be put under studies and spotlights, because I am
sure that it has helped already, giving a higher percent of chance that a
criminal ends up rehabilitated and happy, safe, with less risks of
Thanks again for
believing in humanity, I wish you the best to both you and your
(Sent via email)
Thank you for putting my profile up on your site. Because of the opportunity you've afforded me I've been blessed to find someone who I could connect with on many different levels. As a result I am humbly requesting that you remove my profile from the site. Again, thank you for all that you've done for me and I pray that you continue the good work of connecting Canadian inmates to those who are willing to give them a chance.
Never in a million years would I have imagined meeting and corresponding with an inmate, let alone fall in love. But it happened and, despite his errors, he is kind, positive and has a good heart. We all make mistakes in life, some more than others, it is part of human nature as far back as mankind history goes. I believe in 2nd chances and I am so glad to have met the inmate I did. Thank you for creating the website. I realize it is difficult for many to grasp its concept and there are many haters out there but we've all broken the law at some point (ex: speeding) to varying degrees. Prison is a lonely place and every letter makes a huge difference. I am so happy that, on a whim, I decided to check out the site. I am extremely happy and so is my new partner! Thanks.
~ Anne. V.
(Sent via email)
I just wanted to thank you for setting me up on your pen pal website, it's turned out very good for me. I hope that it continues to be a success for you because it sure made my doing time so much nicer. I was granted my parole and will be getting out with an even bigger smile on my face because of you.
I just wanted to ask you to please delete my profile as I've found my soon to be wife. I don't want anyone else to write to me becuz I'm at a great point in my life. Thank you kindly.
I've found a special lady in my life. I was wondering if you could cancel my account. Thank you for your time. I will continue to refer you to people I know.
One common, simple word that would change my life. But that comes later and I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.
After almost 14 years in prison, just about all of my connections to the outside world had broken. Most of the fault lies with me. It isn't always easy to focus on keeping your head together, and then have the worry about what's happening on the other side of the fence eating away at you as well. While it certainly is easier to live disconnected from the world, it quickly becomes lonely. When you finally see that this is where you're at, it's a hard kick in the naughty bits and doesn't have a quick fix. Fortunately I had a friend who had heard of this website for prisoners. I'll admit I was skeptical and thought it was going to be a waste of time and money. Thankfully my friend is annoyingly persistent and wouldn't let it go. I wrote a little about myself, trying to capture my remarkable essence in a measly 250 words was tough, but I think I got it.
A couple of months go by and not a single letter has come for me. It's an interesting feeling, having the entire internet reject you daily. At least that's what it felt like. Eventually the letters started coming, shockingly fast at one point. I met some really cool, strange people and started to think outside of the walls.
Around the time when I was debating on whether to sign-up for another year on the site, a short typed letter landed in my hands. "Hello" was the first thing I saw and I'm certain to my core nothing will ever be the same. Over the next few weeks and months, between letters every couple of days and almost daily phone calls, I fell in love with this amazing woman. The thought of not having her in my life tomorrow, next week or next year took my breath away and I knew I couldn't have that.
She said "Yes".
It isn't always easy, being away from her is a nightmare sometimes - she'll tell you the same. But if anyone out there is thinking about either writing to someone on the website or joining, I say do it. Do it now. For me it has been a hugely rewarding experience that has changed my life in so many ways. Most importantly of which though, is the hope I have moving forward.
Thank you Melissa for putting this together and keeping it going.
Again, if you're thinking about it - do it! The hardest part is getting started. I recommend just saying Hello.
~ Glyn Lloyd-Owen
I think the service you provide is excellent for inmates and I know he'll appreciate having someone to communicate with besides his mother and grandmother! I've read the negative comments people have written about this service and I completely disagree. I guess one would have to be in the situation to understand what the inmate and the families of inmates feel like.
I, too, have personally met many inmates at social functions inside the prison who have nobody. They never get visits, people on the outside have forgotten about them, some of them even have parents who have passed away during their sentences. A few years ago I met a group of men serving life, it was at a Christmas function the inmates put on for families. This particular group of men seemed like the nicest, most normal people despite their circumstances and we all just enjoyed the day as if we were at a normal function on the outside. When I left that day I felt this overwhelming feeling of what that ONE day must have felt like for them. Outsiders treating them as normal human beings and accepting them as they are. It's weird to know that I will most likely never see those men again unless they magically show up at another social function. While I understand that they are serving life for taking another person's life they're still human beings at their core. Everyone deserves compassion.
Anyway, I really respect what you're doing. I can't thank you enough and I hope he gets a pen pal or two!
~ From a mother of an inmate
(Sent via email)
I'm so thankful to you (and C.I.C.I.). I really appreciate your help finding "The One" and I did with your help. Thank you. I am ready for you to take my page off the site. I'm going all in with my girlfriend. She is beautiful, smart & funny & I'm head over heels for her. Thanks for everything. You made this happen for me and I really appreciate your help.
Hey girl, so my membership for the year expires next month and I won't be renewing it. I've received plenty of letters but met the greatest girl through your site. We would not have found each other without your help, your site is awesome and so are you for maintaining it. Keep up the good work, I owe you a big thank you, if it wasn't for you and your site I wouldn't be this happy. You rock!
Much love and respect.
Please remove my profile from your site. I thank you for your excellent service. I only have good words for your site / services.
From a happy customer that found what he searched for.
Rest In Peace Tyler Keizer
1994 - 2016
I wanted to thank you for running this great website. Because of it, I met the love of my life Tyler. As hard as it is to write this because I am grieving, he was killed last Monday. He was the greatest guy I ever met. If it wasn't for this site I would never have met him. So thank you.
I just want to thank you for everything. I had good experiences through your website. I found it interesting and made some good friends. Most importantly, I have met the most wonderful girl. I no longer need my profile posted and I don't need anymore letters as I am devoted to her.
I'm writing to let you know that thanks to your site I now have a pen pal that is exactly what I was wishing for and more so I would like to be removed from the site.
A Big Thank You Melissa
P.S. feel free to let all ur user's know why I'm removing myself from the site.
I write you this letter to tell you 2 things. The first one is to thank you for allowing me to meet the greatest person I've ever met in my life. Yes already I met my real soulmate. So if there is so much waves of karma in life, get prepared because good things are coming your way.
The second thing is to ask you to remove my ad from the site because it is useless to me now. That's how sure I am of where I stand with "C" now in my life. Again thank you so much.
I will speak highly of your motivation and the real chance of success that can come from it. Your site is the best investment I've ever done in my life.
With all my respect,
My name is "C", I would like to thank you for helping me meet the man of my dreams. I think what you have done & what you are doing for inmates - the men & women whom are lonely, you're awesome. So saying that, by you posting my fiance's ad allowed me to meet Marc, fall in love & now we are engaged. He's the best thing that has ever happened to me. We will touch base in 5 or 10 years to assure you that what you do is amazing!
I'm writing you in order to ask you to remove, delete my profile from your site as soon as possible because I've connected with someone and am now in a committed relationship. Thank you so much for helping me find someone.
I met a woman back in 2014 when she seen my profile on your site. We hit it off and became good friends. By 2015 we started dating and then by 2016 we got married. I have never been happier in my life. Without you this couldn't have been possible. Now I have four kids and an amazing wife. Quite a few women wrote me while my profile was up but none of them made me think twice. But then I found happiness. I have to say thank you on behalf of her and I both. We appreciate it very much.
Thoughtfully & Respectfully,
Thomas & Shannon
I'm writing you this letter not only to update you on my situation, but to thank you for allowing me to meet a wonderful lady, I actually call her my "Angel". She has been a savior in more ways than one. She was my first response to my Ad, and it turns out the only one who stood by me. That being said I feel I should honor her loyalty to me by removing myself from the website.
I can't thank you enough Melissa, your website has been a true blessing. If it wasn't for you this "Angel" would not have appeared. I will never ever forget you and I'm forever grateful.
I met a woman from your site and things have been going great! You can take me off that page. Figured you'd like hearing another success story. So thank you for allowing con's to connect easier with people on the outside. Take care Melissa and keep up the good work.
My name is Brandon,
I'm an ex prisoner in Canada. I have been 7 or 8 yrs clean and have greatly changed my life around for the better by a great deal. I have come from a life to which most people would say its a damn movie waiting to be seen and heard. I have done the prison fellowship which helped with my choices and my beginning of my changes.
I have 2 children and recently married to a wonderful woman who has stood by me and been so supportive to my choices and hopes and dreams. I went back to school while I was incarcerated and I helped many ex inmates with reading, writing and poetry along with their education. I finished school out here and further went on to get a trade as a welder. I went back to work....bought a car and waiting to buy my first house.
I am writing you because I feel a strong calling to do what people have done for me.
I want to give back to the community in a bigger way than I can truly afford. I want to be able to share my life story of my abusive childhood, to the fast paced hard lived sex starved teenage years as I was starting my walk into the criminal world.
I want to express the things I've seen and had done.....my arrests and interactions with police. My first time in jail and things I had to do to make a name quick to be able to sustain a long stay with no issues. How some people whom I met never truly gave up on me even though my family did. How it took me really pushing for change to get stable and to basically starve a few days just so I could have heat as I went to school and tried to balance life.
I never gave up on the only dream I ever had in life that I truly wanna fulfill and that's me being able to be heard by someone else and possibly be able to change them.
Is there anything you can do to point me in the right direction with whom I should speak with about something like this.
With permission, below is a copy of an email I received from Brandon. After many further email and phone conversations with Brandon, I was inspired by his story. His strength, determination, and motivation to change his life needs to be heard. Breaking bad life cycles and beating the odds of recidivism is not easy, but he did it. If you would like to get in touch with Brandon please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to him.