Mayor Chalmers, on behalf of the City of Chestermere, has released a statement following the attacks in New Zealand:
"On behalf of the City of Chestermere, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the Muslim community and especially to those who mourn the loss of dozens of innocent worshipers as a result of the terrorist attack in New Zealand this past week.
As a municipality, we are committed to stand against acts of terrorism, violence, racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, hatred, and all forms of discrimination.
We acknowledge that diversity is our strength and we will continue our efforts to build a strong community that celebrates its residents in a safe and peaceful environment.
Any form of discrimination, including that on religious grounds, will not be tolerated in Chestermere, and community members are encouraged to report hate-based incidents to our Protective Services Department.
Our Community Services Team is available to provide support and referrals to individuals and families that may need services.
This week, on March 21st as we commemorate the International Day of the Elimination of Racism, I urge our community to take a moment to remember people around the world that face discrimination and do your part to eliminate racism in our city."
City of Chestermere