Over the weekend, our community was greatly impacted by the deaths of two young, promising men who had made an undeniable mark on our city. In talking with many individuals from our community, there is little doubt that many are struggling to comprehend these losses. I am writing to encourage our staff, faculty and students to take care of each other as we mourn these exceptional young men.
Brock Hirsche will be remembered for his leadership and fearlessness on the ice as the captain of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey team and for the bravery he displayed to our community after he was diagnosed with cancer. Knowing that he only had a finite time left, Brock continued to lead. With a commitment to those who will play for the Pronghorns for years to come, he established a scholarship in which he has helped raise $30,000.
The University also expresses its condolences to Toby (BEd ’89, MEd ’04) and Bernadine (BEd ’88) Boulet, Mariko Boulet (BSc ’17) and their family for the loss of their son and brother Logan – who had been accepted to attend our university this fall. Logan, a defenseman for the Humboldt Broncos, was tragically killed when his team bus was involved in a collision. Like Brock, Logan too is being remembered for his fearlessness on the ice as well as his selfless nature. Over the weekend it was reported that Logan had donated his organs, which will save the lives of others.
This is a difficult time for our community. These losses are tough to understand.
The families of Brock Hirsche and Logan Boulet should be proud of the sons they raised. Through the conversations I had with others this weekend there is no doubt that the city and university communities were extremely proud of them too.
The University has lowered its flag in honour of these two young men.
I encourage anyone who is having difficulty dealing with these losses to seek help. If you think a friend or loved one may be impacted by these losses, please reach out to them. Members of our university community can access supports through Counselling Services (http://www.uleth.ca/counselling/) at 403-317-2845 or through the University of Lethbridge Employee and Family Assistance Program at 1-800-663-1142.
- Mike Mahon, President and Vice-Chancellor
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