This week, citizens across the country mourned and commemorated the tragic deaths of Jonathan Pitre, who died on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, after a long battle with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), and the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, who lost their lives in a highway accident on Friday, April 6, 2018.
A moment of silence was observed at the Ottawa City Council meeting on Wednesday presided by Mayor Watson. The flags were also flown at half-mast at City Hall and other City facilities.
On Wednesday, residents everywhere demonstrated their respect for the Broncos and their families by leaving hockey sticks outside their doors in a beautiful showing of community and national spirit.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the message of optimism in light of this tragic incident either by wearing your jersey proudly, donating to the gofundme relief efforts, leaving your hockey stick out, or donning a green ribbon. One Stittsville resident, Kimberly Smith, compiled a video of just some of the houses who put their sticks out which I have linked below:
Thank you, Kimberly, for putting this video together and for everyone in the Stittsville Moms Facebook group who contributed to the homage.
To the families, I wish you strength in this difficult time.