‘A Christmas miracle’
Airdrie Mounties make wish come true for 13-year-old boy who has Down syndrome
This past Christmas, an Airdrie RCMP officer took time out of their day to make one boy’s Christmas morning extra special, according to an RCMP release.
Joshua Stockton was born with Down syndrome. His birth parents were not able to take care of him, which is why he was adopted by the Stocktons.
Although he is non-verbal, Joshua gets very excited when he sees a police car, so his older brother Chris Stockton knew what to get him for Christmas.
Chris contacted the local RCMP a month a half before Christmas and spoke to Cpl. Gina Slaney, community resource officer for Airdrie RCMP, about arranging a meetup with an officer on Christmas Day as a surprise for his brother.
“We discussed it and contacted one of the members who was working Christmas morning. And he was more than eager to make this Christmas wish come true,” Although he is non-verbal, Joshua Stockton gets very excited when he sees a police car. So his older brother Chris Stockton knew just what to get him for a Christmas gift.
Slaney told StarMetro.
The RCMP officer drove his police car to Joshua’s house on Christmas morning and the result was pure joy.
“We had a Christmas miracle happen at our home thanks to our son not just getting a toy police car for Christmas, but getting to meet a real policeman and get a ride in a
real police car,” Margaret Stockton, Joshua’s mother, said in the RCMP media release. $40-million proposal for Bighorn Country that would see about 400,000 hectares between Banff and Jasper protected and developed for tourism, recreation and environmental conservation. It includes a wildland provincial park, three provincial parks, four public rec areas and two public land use zones.
Morrison said the poll results are important in light of the controversy over the Bighorn protection plan. “We got to hear a lot from a vocal minority about opposition to the proposal and less from people who support it,” she said.
Groups that use the parks recreationally, like ATV riders, have come forward calling the extra restrictions unnecessary, whereas conservationists insist on protecting the 5,000-square-kilometre parcel of land by turning it into a provincial park.