A vigil is being held at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) this Sunday (April 15) to honour all those affected by the Humboldt bus crash that occurred last Friday evening.
While a number of people discussed the idea of a vigil, a couple of hockey moms got the ball rolling.
Kyla Gibson says after a week of watching our local community show their support in a variety of ways, she felt holding a vigil would be a great way for our hockey community and community at large to show our support from afar. "We thought here we are, people have sent money and prayers, some people are affected personally and we thought we are such a great little community and such a hockey community, that we felt we needed to do something."
Gibson says even if you don't play hockey or have a kid that plays hockey, most people have boarded a bus at some point or another. "I think that just really hit home, so many are affected forever by something so quick."
The vigil will be held from 5:30 until 7:30 pm on the curling rink dry pad and all are welcome. Chris Birch, General Manager of Canadian Tire has stepped forward by providing some larger battery operated candles for ambience and you are welcome to bring your own smaller battery operated candle to light up the room. Bow Valley Baptist Church will provide vigil candles for those in attendance if permission is granted by SLSFSC.
Some hockey coaches and players will share a few words beginning at 5:30 sharp, but the one thing Gibson is encouraging is for attendees to bring a sign, poster, prayer or drawing to display. The hockey moms have permission to decorate the halls between Totem 2 and 3 as well as by the climbing wall depicting our community support. "Kids can draw pictures, hockey teams can make signs; there will be people there that will direct you where to hang them. We thought the more signs the better, then we can show them that our whole hockey community and community is supporting them."
You are asked to show your support by wearing your favourite team jersey or green and yellow. There will be no fundraising at the vigil; instead, this is just a time to collectively come together by showing our support and honouring those that have passed, recovering, First Responders and family/friends that need support.