Once again the flags are flying at half-mast today on the grounds of Brandon PS where I serve and across the nation of Canada. Another peacekeeper’s life has been taken through a senseless and cowardly act of violence. A call has been disconnected; while family, friends and colleagues are deprived of seeing a man fulfill all that life had for him and those he traveled with. As police officers and as police chaplains, we mourn this loss and mourn with the community of Toronto. Our hearts go out to Andrew’s wife and children, for whom there are no words to ease the pain of their loss. Our hearts also go out to the other people who were killed or injured.
In the midst of this suffering are the police chaplains of TPS who are committed to bringing the ministry of presence to the wounded. Thank you to Chaplain Hillar Alkok and the other priests who are actively pursuing Andrew Hong’s family, friends and colleagues. We pray for you for the strength and endurance to express compassion and love in ways that are tangible to all those closely affected by this tragedy.
On behalf of the CPCA leadership team and the entire family of CPCA clergy, we extend our deepest condolences to Constable Hong’s family, friends and colleagues. You are in our thoughts and our prayers; may comfort arise in your hearts from the sorrow of many as you see the love pouring out from all our nation.
BPS Constable/Chaplain Bruce Ewanyshyn
ICPC Region One Director