‘A Christ­mas mir­a­cle’

Air­drie Moun­ties make wish come true for 13-year-old boy who has Down syn­drome

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - Kash­mala Fida AIR­DRIE RCMP thes­tar.com/ed­mon­ton

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.

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