Edmonton Police Service Chief Dale McFee has apologized to the LGBTQ2S+ community on behalf of the EPS.
The apology is the start of a reconciliation process with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirit community.
It noted that while police have an obligation to uphold the law and to create safe communities for everyone, the EPS has not always demonstrated behaviors and approaches which demonstrate these core values.
“To the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Two-Spirited community – both across our public and within our service – on behalf of the Edmonton Police Service, I am sorry and we are sorry,” said Chief McFee. “Our actions caused pain. They eroded trust. They created fear. They caused members of the public and our service alike to feel unsafe on their own streets, in their workplaces and even their homes.”
Chief McFee pledged to stand against homophobia, transphobia and any other kind of marginalization, denigration or disrespect. He also invited people to share their stories and to participate in shaping an engagement process aimed at changing the essential nature of the relationship between the EPS and the community.
Chief McFee also indicated that part of the reconciliation will include a look inward to understand the impact that the EPS has had historically, on its own members.
“To make sure we get this right it has to be guided and informed by those in our community. By those who have spoken out before, and by those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to share their voices. We are requesting advice, guidance and partnership,” said Chief McFee, adding that the engagement process will allow people to share often difficult experiences.
The EPS is also asking members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to share their ideas about the engagement process through a specially established website, www.epsinput.ca .The input shared will shape the design of the engagement process, which will be facilitated by external consultants early in the fall of 2019.
A live stream and then recording of the Chief’s speech can be viewed on the EPS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/edmontonpoliceservice.
Help Us Preserve Alberta’s Sport History
As we approach Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join us in celebrating the spirit of athleticism and honoring the legends who have left an indelible mark on the world of sports. At Alberta’s Sports Hall of Fame, we are dedicated to preserving the rich history of sports, recognizing outstanding sports heroes, and inspiring future generations.
Why Support Our Hall of Fame?
- Preserving Sporting Legacy: Our Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the achievements, dedication, and passion of athletes and builders who have shaped the landscape of sports. By supporting us, you contribute to the preservation of their legacy for years to come.
- Inspiring Future Champions: Every inductee enshrined in our Hall of Fame serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring individuals. Your generosity helps us develop programs that foster the next generation of champions, instilling values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.
- Community Engagement: We believe in the power of sports to bring communities together. With your support, we can organize events, outreach programs, and educational initiatives that promote inclusivity, diversity, and the joy of sports within our community.
- $25: Provides resources for the maintenance and preservation of historical artifacts.
- $50: Supports educational programs that introduce schoolchildren to the history and importance of sports.
- $100: Contributes to the development of interactive exhibits, making the Hall of Fame an engaging experience for visitors.
- $250 and above: Enables us to expand our outreach, bringing the magic of sports to underserved communities.
This Giving Tuesday, be a part of something legendary. Your contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant impact on our ability to celebrate, educate, and inspire through the power of sports.Donate today at https://www.
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Red Deer Hospice Seeking Holiday Support
From the Red Deer Hospice
Hospice is home for the holidays
Red Deer Hospice, a residential home for the terminally ill, is seeking donations this holiday season.
Hospice staff are making every effort to give their residents and families one last memorable
Christmas together. The home is decorated, cheerful music plays in the common area and the aroma
of holiday baking fills the halls. On Christmas morning, each resident receives a special gift and enjoys
a delicious turkey dinner, cooked in-house by Hospice’s talented chefs.
“Our mission is to support a peaceful and compassionate end-of-life journey,” said Jerri Taylor,
Hospice’s Executive Director. “Not only during the holidays, but throughout the entire year.” Because
residents are never charged a fee, Hospice relies on donations to make them as comfortable as
possible in their last stage of life.
Year-round, donor funds are used to provide home-cooked meals for residents and their families,
specialty beds and mattress, medical equipment, furnishings, therapeutic bathing systems, personal
care items and much more.
“We hope the community considers our residents who are spending their final days here,” stated
Taylor. “Especially during this special time of year.”
To make a donation to Red Deer Hospice, please visit www.reddeerhospice.com/donate.
At Red Deer Hospice, we are committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care. Located in South Red Deer, with the beautiful Memorial Gardens across the street, Hospice offers 16 private rooms that ensure peace, intimacy and dignity for residents and their loved ones. Professional nursing care is provided 24 hours a day, as well as companionship and bereavement support.
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