We all have a role

When my Dad was murdered in Moosomin, Saskatchewan in June of 1976 there were very few government programs, if any. The community stepped up in an incredible way. They organized a farming schedule, fought for rights and laws and helped raise me and my sister. They did what was necessary and needed. I am eternally grateful that they found their roles and never asked for anything in return.

Now, as an adult I have found myself asking, "What is my role?" My family and neighbors may not have asked for anything in return but that makes me want to find my role in preventing and advocating against victimization even more. Whether we visit a family who has just lost a loved one, sit in court holding their hand, or help a teenager on the edge of the cliff. We all have a role. Volunteering in or donating to a homeless shelter, a battered woman's shelter and community centers, anything that serves the less fortunate and a person in need will work towards a goal of healing.

The most important reason I feel that we all have a role is that crime can happen to anyone. If my Dad, who was a 32 year old rural farmer, could be murdered on his own farm it can happen to anyone. And if it can happen to anyone then everyone has the responsibility to find their role. If we are not part of the solution then we are part of the problem.

Lisa Phommarath

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