Dear AFP members,
In a province as close knit and compassionate as Saskatchewan, it is difficult to remain unmoved by the tragic event that unfolded last week involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. Indeed, this tragedy has touched the hearts of people not only throughout the province, but across the country and internationally. There are no words to describe the immense sorrow and senselessness that surrounds an event such as this, and each and every one of us associated with AFP extends our most sincere sympathies to everyone affected.
Having lived in Saskatchewan for more than 20 years working primarily in the philanthropic sector, I have seen our community many times meet hardship and adversity head-on with compassion and a sincere desire to make our world a better place. The response to last week's tragedy demonstrates one of utmost compassion. The outpouring of support locally and from around the world has been nothing short of extraordinary - messages of support pouring in from distant places and the Broncos’ GoFundMe campaign remind me of the love and strength that define our community. The people of this province are as generous as they are compassionate, and I once again stand in awe of our community's seemingly limitless capacity to provide support where we need it most.
On behalf of AFP Saskatoon, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this tragedy and thank those that have found ways – however difficult and trying – to support our friends and family in Humboldt.
President, AFP Saskatoon
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