By Lethbridge Herald on June 22, 2015.
By Rob Davis
On Monday, June 15, I had the honour of being a guest at the Speech from the Throne delivered by Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell at the first session of the Twenty-Ninth Legislature.
It is important for the police to be unbiased, impartial and work with the government of the day irrespective of what party leads the province. We have an obligation to remain dedicated to keeping our communities safe at all times and I am confident that is a goal the Premier and her team share.
At one point after the speech there was a commentary by the Speaker of the House about the new MLAs, including their youth and experience. But looking around the room, what really resonated and moved me was the obvious number of women and diversity within all the parties of government. When one looks at the diversity of all of the MLAs that make up the newly elected legislature, it is truly a reflection of the cultural mosaic that makes this country and province great! We now have the most women ever in the legislature and I would suggest the greatest amount of diversity to ever grace those hallowed halls â€” a true reflection of the communities we, as public servants, serve.
To quote from the speech:
â€œWe are people from all around the world who share a dream of a better life, and who have found it here in Alberta. We are optimistic, hopeful, entrepreneurial, remarkably diverse and community-minded people. We are people who dream no little dreams â€” and live them.â€
I typically never let my aboriginal heritage interfere with or supersede my duties and responsibilities as a police officer and my duty to public safety. But in that moment, as one of the few aboriginals in this country that has ever led a municipal police service, seated on the floor amongst the MLAs â€” many of whom are pioneers for their respective diverse groups in Alberta â€” seeing the great diversity and hearing those words, I could not help but get a lump in my throat and feel a sense of pride to be an aboriginal serving the people of Lethbridge and this province. That extended to admiration of the other diverse groups represented that day and to the realization of hope for all the youth in this province.
It was a testimony that we truly do live in a province where anything is achievable; a province where one can set a goal and reach it regardless of their background, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. No doubt there will be challenges. There is a lot of sharing and that needs to take place between all of us. But when I witnessed â€˜up closeâ€™ the diversity the MLAs represent, it is evident that dreams and hard work can result in achievement.
I donâ€™t know the demographics of who reads this column, but I encourage you all to take any chance you have to talk with our youth, teens, tweens and young adults from all of the groups that make up this community. Encourage them to set goals, dream big and work hard to achieve them. I got to take part in a historical moment that reaffirmed dreams can come true for all people that call Alberta home.
Crime Stoppers and Lethbridge Regional Police Service need your help in solving a robbery.
On June 13, at 4:25 a.m. two masked males entered 7-Eleven along the 500 block of 13 Street North and demanded cigarettes. One of the males produced a knife before taking packs of John Playerâ€™s Rich and John Playerâ€™s Bold and fleeing out the doors toward the south of the building.
If you have any information on this robbery or any other crime, text â€œtip232â€ plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), callÂ 1-800-222-8477, or submit tips online atÂ www.tipsubmit.com.
Â Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. Remember you will not have to attend court or testify, and you will remain anonymous.