Victim services advocates praised for their work

If the RCMP can be seen to be riding to the rescue, then Ponoka Victim Services advocates are the white knights providing emotional support and comfort to the suffering

RCMP officers

If the RCMP can be seen to be riding to the rescue, then Ponoka Victim Services advocates are the white knights providing emotional support and comfort to the suffering.

Their role in a safe and caring community was accentuated at the third annual Ponoka Victim Services Spring Gala April 17 at Wolf Creek Golf resort.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring — all of which have the potential to turn a life around,” said executive director Karie Ackerman.

Stan Monkman praised the board’s leadership and dedication and the RCMP “for their integrity and for the difficult task of keeping our community safe.”

Monkman said there can be a lot of tears shed as a victim services advocate. “They’re the people on the coal face; the people who work up the sweat.”

RCMP Sgt. Glen DeMaere thanked the victim services volunteers on behalf of the RCMP and the community as a whole. “They are behind us in circumstances where there as been a loss or tragedy.”

Staff Sgt. Paul Sowers praised the volunteers as being “top-notch.”

“I consider it a distinct honour to be able to work closely with this community service group, Ponoka Victim Services.”

The evening ended with an auction, comedy entertainment and a dance.