Thank you to Minister of Education David Eggen for agreeing to meet with me next week. See below for my reply to his office.
And a tremendous thank you to Albertans from across the province who have taken the time to write letters and entrusted me with your voices. This meeting would not have been possible if not for your efforts. Your letters of concern for your children and stories of real-life experiences have moved me.
We must remember that while it is easy to voice displeasure to politicians, it is equally important to extend gratitude.
Please phone Minister Eggen’s office throughout this week (780 427 5010) to express your thanks that he is willing to meet together and hear our concerns. Share this message through social media and email and encourage others to also phone and say thank you.
These phone calls of appreciation are especially important because I anticipate that in the coming days there may be attempts to pressure our elected representatives to discredit and dismiss our voices of concern for the children in this province.
We must continue to persistently remind our elected representatives that the safety of children in our K-12 schools is an issue of critical importance that must be taken seriously.
When those entrusted with the care of children have exposed them to sexually graphic material – and even legitimized the use of sexually graphic resources for an audience of youth – it is essential that there must be accountability and consequences.
Thank you again for your continued support and advocacy efforts on behalf of the children in this province!
Dear Minister of Education,
Thank you for your willingness to meet together next week.
As I have said before, the letters I will deliver to you are not just pieces of paper. Each personally written page represents a concerned citizen – students, parents, grandparents and taxpayers from across the province – whose concerns deserve to be heard, valued and responded to.
I applaud you for speaking often of your desire to ensure a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful learning environment for all students in Alberta schools. I trust your intentions will be demonstrated not only through your words, but also through meaningful action.
As you are aware, Donna Trimble, Executive Director for Parents for Choice in Education, represents many parents in Alberta who have also expressed concerns about this issue. She will attend the meeting with me in order to give voice to the thousands of parents she represents across the province.
Thank you again and I look forward to meeting with you soon.