Beyond the Badge, Division of Juvenile Justice

Supervising Cook Barbara Moreau keeps crews fed at Pine Grove camp

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (PGYCC) Correctional Supervising Cook Barbara Moreau helps feed fire crews and those who stay behind to support the camp.

When not working at the camp, she tries to stay involved in the community. Her path to working for CDCR was not straightforward. Prior to joining the Division of Juvenile Justice, she worked in cosmetology.

Inside CDCR editor Don Chaddock caught up with Moreau to discuss her 21-year career in the department.

Meet Supervising Cook Barbara Moreau

Why did you join the department?

I wanted to work where I can make a difference.

What is your typical work day like?

My day is filled with cooking meals for the camp population. I also teach youth to cook, bake, clean and keep everything sanitized.

Are you involved in any charitable organizations outside of work?

I’m a Goodwill supporter.

Are there any hobbies you enjoy to help work/life balance?

Crafting, family time, helping the elderly and doing a weekly good deed in the community.

What advice would you give someone who is looking to join the department?

Keep in mind the incarcerated population you work with are real people.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Pine Grove Camp is the most rewarding place I have worked in my 21-year career.

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