On March 18, 2016, a number of letters were delivered to local post office boxes. These letters contained opinions regarding the Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect Our Children, previously known as Bill 10 until it was passed in March 2015 by the Jim Prentice Progressive Conservative government.
The way that the letter was formatted has led some people to believe that Mr. Sommerfeldt or Westwind School Division may have had a hand in writing or disseminating the letter.
We would like to completely disavow any connection with this letter.
Westwind School Division’s position on the the Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect Our Children, previously known as Bill 10 until it was passed in March 2015 by the Jim Prentice Progressive Conservative government, has been and will remain that the human rights, dignity, and safety of every student and every person will be ensured and protected. This is clear in all of our publications and statements on this topic.
If you have questions or comments regarding the letter, we would encourage you to direct those to Mr. Rene Seaborn, Mrs. Barbara Fox, and Mr. Lloyd Fox respectively. Westwind School Division is not connected in any way with this letter and is not able to provide public comment on it except to completely disavow any connection to, or support for, this communication.
The Board wants to keep the dialogue and conversation in our communities as positive as possible to help keep our schools a welcoming, safe, caring, and respectful environment for all people. The emotional nature of the discussions surrounding these issues over the past months has created a tense atmosphere for people. We have heard from individuals who feel less welcome at school, less accepted at school, and less comfortable with their self-identity because of these emotional responses. We would ask that everyone make an effort to express acceptance and appreciation for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, race, culture, physical or mental disability. We are all part of creating a charitable and accepting community where everyone has the opportunity to succeed; empowering the human potential of ALL.
We can promise that the Westwind School Board is committed to ensuring that all our students are welcomed, safe, cared for, and respected in every way, including respect for human rights such as religious beliefs, gender identity, and all other human rights. We hope that all our students, parents, and community members will share and pursue that lofty goal. We hope that the citizens of Alberta and Canada will continue to engage effectively in the political and democratic process to ensure that the government passes laws that consistently reflect the country’s values and that are in the best interest of its citizens.