Charlene Pors says she’s nervous to drive in downtown Revelstoke, B.C., after hearing about vandalized Alberta-registered vehicles.
Recently, Matt Graham, who has Alberta plates, but lives in Revelstoke, found his car keyed outside his workplace and a note telling him to “f*** off back to Alberta.”
Pors and her family also live in Revelstoke, her partner works for an oil and gas company in Alberta. His work truck has an out-of-province plate.
Pors said she sometimes uses her partner’s truck for errands around Revelstoke.
Wednesday, Pors parked the truck downtown while she shopped for children’s clothes. When she came back, she saw a note on the windshield.
Expecting the worst and something cruel, she read the note and instead was surprised.
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After hearing of vandalism towards Alberta-registered vehicles in Revelstoke. Revelstoke resident Charlene Pors was hesitant to drive her partner’s Alberta-registered work truck downtown. However, after some errands with the truck she found this note on her windshield. #spreadlovenothate #revelstoke #bc #alberta #canada
“Welcome to our lovely town of Revelstoke,” read the letter.
“Despite what you may have seen in the news. The majority of citizens here understand that our economy depends on the influx of visitors year round and our businesses depend on people like you.
“All the best in your travels, we hope to see you back when this is all over,” finished the letter.
Pors said the note showed Revelstoke was coming together as a community and was not going be characterized by a select few.
“A person should not be defined by their plate colour,” she said.
While the authors of both notes have remained anonymous, Pors said she is going to pay it forward and put her note on another Alberta vehicle.
The area’s MP, Rob Morrison, posted on Facebook that his office is inundated with expressions of concern around hatred expressed toward fellow Canadians based on the colour of their licence plates.
“As we enter the aftermath of this pandemic, we will have an opportunity to lend a hand of help, and in that act of kindness, we will begin to silence the voices of hate. I am calling on all Kootenay-Columbians to denounce hate in all its forms,” he writes.
The District of Sicamous posted on Facebook, reminding people to stay kind.
“What if we stopped looking at licence plates and instead looked at the actual people around us, saw them for the individual human beings that they are, and gave them a smile, maybe even a nod hello?”
British Columbia is still asking people to avoid non-essential travel across the provincial boundary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.