Thieves stooped to a new low in Vernon recently.
One of the Every Child Matters memorials set up in town was stolen.
To show respect to the children and Indigenous families, two offices — Independent Living Vernon and FASD Okanagan Valley Assessment and Support Society — built a memorial outside of People Place on 27th Avenue.
“Within one hour, half of the items were stolen and by the next morning all, but one teddy bear was gone,” FASD’s Bernadette O’Donnell said. “We are broken-hearted and stunned that this caring community would stoop to denigrate a memorial that spoke to the lives lost and broken in such a horrific manner at the residential school.
“The memorial was there so others could add to it as part of individual and community healing.”
The groups would like those who took the items to consider how disrespectful their actions were.
“Come on Vernon, step up to being the thoughtful community that we are,” O’Donnell said.