|Release Date/Time:||February 21, 2017 2:01pm|
|Incident Date/Time:||February 22, 2017 1030 a.m.|
|Location:||Sungod Arena 7815 112 Street North Delta|
An unlikely pairing is a perfect way to show that being different isn’t wrong or weird. Being different simply adds purpose and value to each of us as we bring our unique self to the world and fulfill our purpose.
Battle of the Badges, a hockey game between the Delta Fire Department and Delta Police Department, is an excellent visual way to drive the point home that although we may look different and fulfill different roles, it doesn’t mean one is better than the other -just different – We, Delta Fire and Delta Police, bring these differences together to fulfill a unique purpose, together making a difference in our community.
These two entities will face off at Sungod arena on Feb 22, 2017 at 1030 a.m. in front of approximately 1600 Delta students to validate that different doesn’t mean wrong or less than.
This event is a collaboration of Delta Fire and Police Departments, Delta School District, Corporation of Delta and the Delta Police Foundation. It is the collective belief of the partners involved that there is no room for bullying in our classrooms, our workplaces or our community and this is a creative approach that will have significant impact on promoting the message #MAKENICE and #CHOOSEKINDNESS on February 22 and every day!
Chief Dubord explains, “Battle of the badges is a fun way to send this important message to our young people and hopefully it rises up to the adults as well. We can all use a little encouragement to #CHOOSEKINDNESS and celebrate our diversity and have unity in that diversity. We are looking forward to the Battle of the Badges as an opportunity to spend time with young people, have fun and learn from each other.”
Chief Copeland states, “No one should live with a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control – aspire to be people of value. If we were all the same and did the same things there would be significant gaps not only in our community but in the world. We need diversity. Ultimately when we bring our different roles, responsibilities and talents together we achieve a significant collective purpose as First Responders and Community Helpers. The Battle of the Badges will prove we can be different and still appreciate who we are. This message is one we can all use. Let’s be courageous examples and #CHOOSEKINDESS”
“In the Delta School District we are committed to creating a safe and supportive learning community. Our district vision is to nurture caring relationships, connections, and a sense of belonging to our local and global communities. We are so pleased that our local police and fire departments, and the Corporation of Delta are committed to supporting a culture of inclusivity and belonging for all our students. Pink Shirt Day is an opportunity for our learners to come together in celebration of diversity and stands as a reminder to “Choose Kindness” today and each and every day of the year.” Doug Sheppard, Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District.
Mayor Lois Jackson expresses, “The Battle of the Badges hockey game is a great way to show our community the power of sport through diversity and teamwork. By working as a team, we can put an end to bullying by raising awareness and demonstrating that it will not be tolerated in our society.”
Anti-bullying is really about allowing people to be who they are – uniquely made to fulfill an important purpose; to bring their unique flare, look, perspective, and voice to the world. It is simply giving color to what would otherwise be a dull and colorless world without the diversity each of us brings being uniquely ourselves. Let’s #MAKENICE and #CHOOSEKINDNESS!