Serving with Pride
West Shore, This Is Who We Are
2020-06-25 07:21 PDT
The month of June is recognized and celebrated around the world as Pride Month. It is a time where we reflect on the struggles and the contributions of the LGBTQAI2S+ community. The West Shore RCMP reached out to our officers from this community to help us celebrate and share their knowledge.
Video: The video below is of Cst. Russell Olsen who is a member of the West Shore RCMP. Cst. Olsen speaks about his personal experience as being a proud gay Canadian police officer. In the video Cst. Olsen is wearing a RCMP shoulder patch in the Pride rainbow colors that was gifted to him by Inspector Todd Preston, Officer in Charge of West Shore RCMP.
We sat down with another West Shore RCMP officer who is also apart of the LGBTQAI2S+ community and learned about her experiences.
Photo of Cst. Heather Melvin:
Question: Tell us who you are?
Answer: My name is Cst. Heather Melvin. I have been a member of the RCMP for 12 years. All of my service has been in BC.
Question: What does Pride mean to you?
Answer: Pride to me, is the celebration of authenticity and the freedom to be my true self without discrimination.
Question: How does being a member of the LGBTQAI2S+ community help you in your job?
Answer: I can be a resource and an ally to the community, by providing diversity, acceptance and awareness in my workplace.
Question: What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about coming out or who has faced discrimination as a member of the LGBTQAI2S+ community?
Answer: Coming out to loved ones can be difficult. Seek support and only do it when you feel ready. Those who have been discriminated against, focus on your strengths, core values and beliefs. Remind yourself of your worth and don't buy into the comments.
Question: Please feel free to create a message that you want to share.
Learning to love yourself for who you are is one of the most difficult and rewarding aspects of life.
So, love yourself.
Cst. Nancy SaggarMedia Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
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