"Immeasurable Loss"

Updated: Oct 19

"Her police colleagues described Const. Yang as a kind and compassionate person, which makes her death even more difficult to accept ... Her loss is immeasurable." These words were spoken yesterday by RCMP Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald while addressing the public regarding the senseless murder of three-year RCMP Constable Shaelyn Yang. As a police officer serving in my 33rd year, I can attest to the majority of my co-workers at Brandon PS being truly kind and compassionate men and women. They face conflict, ridicule, scrutiny and adversity every day, yet they manage to maintain kindness and compassion towards persons in our community. Thus, the Deputy Commissioner's description of Constable Yang "as a kind and compassionate person" was not impactful; however, his statement that "Her loss is immeasurable" pierced my heart with the truth of the matter.

At the age of 31, Shaelyn's life work on this earth comes to an abrupt halt. Never again will she have the opportunities to exhibit acts of kindness towards the victim of a sexual assault or domestic violence. Never again will she have the occasion to demonstrate compassion towards a homeless person suffering from mental illness. Never again will she be able to stand for justice while providing testimony in a court of law supporting evidence of the existence of prior acts of violence committed by an offender. Never again will she face the challenge of compartmentalizing a stressful tour of duty before going home to embrace her loving spouse. Never again will she sit in police roll call sharing stories and words of support and encouragement with her peers. Never again ... yes, Deputy Commissioner, "Her loss is immeasurable" as are the losses of all the brave men and women from police agencies across Canada, who predeceased Constable Shaelyn Yang of the Burnaby RCMP mental health and homelessness outreach team.

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