The following is a statement from Town of Stony Plain Mayor William Choy in support of the Humboldt Broncos and the family of Parker Tobin:
“We are once again reminded of how fragile life can be and what is truly important in our lives. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Parker Tobin, and to everyone impacted by this horrific and traumatic incident. As a community, we mourn with every other community in Canada.
The Humboldt Broncos tragedy has impacted our entire nation. The loss of so many lives so prematurely takes the breath from many individuals as accounts of the events of Friday, April 6th emerge. This morning’s announcement of Parker Tobin’s passing reaches deep into our town. The Tobin family is very active in the local hockey community, and they have touched the lives of many. The Town of Stony Plain will support the Tobin family through this difficult and emotional time.
Our Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tom Goulden arrived in Stony Plain 7 years ago as the former CAO of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Friday’s tragedy impacted Mr. Goulden and his family greatly given the personal connections they built during their time in Humboldt. Mr. Goulden is currently in Humboldt supporting the community as they work through the emotions and impacts of this tragedy.
The Town of Stony Plain has lowered all flags to half-mast and will be placing yellow and green ribbon at all Town facilities. We have also recognized members of the community expressing their condolences in various ways; this is a tremendous community coming together at a difficult time. The Town is committed to taking an active role in supporting our community during this healing process.
It is difficult to find the words to clearly express the emotions felt in the wake of an event as tragic as this one. The Town of Stony Plain respectfully asks time be given to both the Tobin family and Town Administration as we attempt to come to terms with this devastating loss and process the emotions we are so acutely feeling.”
If you wish to give your support to the players and loved ones of the Humboldt Broncos, you are encouraged to make a donation at www.gofundme.com/funds-for-humboldt-broncos.
If you are struggling with your emotional response to this tragedy, reach out to Alberta Health Services. For non-emergency support, you can call Health Link 24/7 at 811. Please call 911 in an emergency.
Stony Plain FCSS’s Caring Friends Bereavement Support Group is held on the first Thursday of every month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. This no cost, drop in program is an opportunity to share feelings in a confidential and supportive environment with trained volunteers.