Members of Durham Regional Police joined the staff and students at S.T. Worden Public School’s 3rd Annual Equity and Diversity Celebration.
Deputy Chief Scott Burns and Constables Keith Richards and Elaine Otterbein were treated to a day of performances, workshops and exhibits, all celebrating Canada’s unique heritage.
Deputy Chief Burns had the privilege of addressing the staff and students on the topic of diversity. “Everyone should be made to feel welcome in our schools, places of work and our communities, regardless of their differences. Our citizens also have the right to be safe and to feel safe. We are all lucky to live in a country where we have an equal opportunity to achieve our dreams,” said Deputy Burns.
All guests were awed by the dance performance by the White Pine Dancers, a First Nations dance troupe, who involved the students, teachers and even Deputy Chief Burns, in traditional native dances.
“I want to commend S.T. Worden for going out of their way to celebrate diversity and equity in their school,” said DRP Diversity Cst. Keith Richards. “I look forward to coming back next year to join in the celebration.”
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Deputy Chief Burns and students from S.T. Worden learn a traditional "Smoke Dance" (JPG file, 384.0K bytes)
Csts. Richards and Otterbein with the White Pine Dancers (JPG file, 472.4K bytes)