For Immediate Release | April 08, 2018
St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron Expresses Condolences
Humboldt Tragedy Sad Day for St. Albert
St. Albert is a hockey community and we mourn as every other community in Canada does. Our condolences to friends and family of those lost. Prayers for strength and a quick recovery for those injured. Everyone is a part of this, including those who witnessed and responded. Hearts are heavy. #prayersforHumboldt
While I know each and every St. Albert resident wants to get involved and support these youth, the teams, and their families, I ask that everyone remain understanding and compassionate of their privacy in this time of grief.
I found out about this while sitting on a bus with my daughter’s soccer team. I know, as many of us do, how special this time, as team turned into family, is. It was an overwhelming and poignant moment to look at those young girls and try to empathize with what must be every parent’s nightmare.
Today some of our community will gather at the Raiders’ dressing room at Akinsdale Arena. I encourage anyone who plans to attend to come with open hearts and show our community’s strong love of this game and of our kids.
There is also a huge outpouring of grief being shared on our Community of St. Albert Facebook page, which is a great place to share in our loss. They are asking that we all leave our porch lights on tonight in unity and sorrow.
While there is a strong St. Albert connection, this is an Canadian tragedy that affects the entire nation. We grieve for all 15 lost lives, those injured and those who responded with courage, compassion and professionalism.
This event will live forever in our memories.
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