The following letter was received on June 19, 2014:
Hello Mr. Lindsay, Mr. Catley, Mr. Van Beers, and everyone at CAA,
On behalf of the Calgary Police Service Power Play Program, I want to thank you very much for putting together a team of your students at the last minute. As you know, the youth in our program do not have an opportunity to play on community teams, so to have played a game against an opposing team was very exciting for them. After the game had ended, and they were back on the bus, I asked our kids whether they had had fun. The answer was a resounding cheer. We hope that you will share with your students, how much the generosity of their time meant to the kids in our program.
The other members of the Calgary Police Service, who came to CAA to help out, each told me how impressed they were with the spirit of your kids and the spirit of your school, to have produced such a positive group, willing to play through the rain with enthusiasm and cheer. They asked me to share those sentiments with you. We were also impressed with the fair play exhibited by each and every one of your team members. Your students were clearly there to have fun, and share their time. They seemed to have been fine with either winning or losing; a testament to the values emphasized at your school.
As parents, we know our children hear news about wars and conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Congo, Liberia, and South Sudan. Our children feel sad for people affected by these wars and wonder what they can do. The team from Power Play that played against your school yesterday, has children who have come from each of these countries. They and/or their parents have come to Canada as refugees, and are here in Calgary to make a new home, in a place so different from the one that they left behind. They have come to Canada, not because they wanted to leave their countries of origin, but because they had to leave those countries. Please share with your students, that by taking the time to stay late after school and play soccer in the rain, the students from your school have contributed to making these kids feel welcome, valued, and like Calgary is a place that they can belong.
Thank you all very much again,
Cst. Rayn Boyko #3132