Posted on Jun 22, 2016
For several weeks now, Calgary Currie has invited a number of unexpected visitors to our community with open arms. The evacuation of Fort McMurray in the face of wildfire is something that has never before been seen in Canada.
Fort McMurray burned, her people fled, and we opened our homes. In Calgary, the Universities got the headlines, but the guest rooms, and schools of many neighbourhoods across the city including those in Calgary Currie have been filled by those fleeing the fire. Nobody wants to be put in a position where they have to leave everything behind, but there are more important things than things, and in opening up our communities to these displaced people, we have once again shown our true colours as a province. When difficult situations arise, it is important to know that there is a community of caring people in this province. No matter if you are a stranger just arrived, or born and bred here for generations, if you are in need we will find ways to support you. I am proud of the way Rachel Notley has led Albertans though this disaster, focusing on the safety and security of the people of Fort McMurray. The rapid response in getting support to these displaced people has been a huge relief to those in need. We are strong and we are a community of people who care. Fort McMurray is hurt but not lost, and much like after the 2013 floods here in Southern Alberta, we will rebuild Northern Alberta. As always, life will go on, and we will be stronger for it. We welcome our guests from Fort McMurray to our community with open arms. For as long as we are needed we will be here. Our schools are your schools, our playgrounds are yours, our libraries and corner stores, community gardens and events, are all here, not for our exclusive use, but to be shared by all in need of what they can offer. So be sure to include people, whether they’ve lived on your street for decades or are temporary guests from away. Show them what it’s like to be among community.
On July 10th at Killarney Glengarry Community Hall 2828-28 st SW, you can join me for my Stampede Breakfast. Pancakes, Sausage, Hashbrowns, music and more! 9am-11am, come on out and show us your community spirit.