Someone at Valbella Gourmet Foods made a grievous error of judgement in his egregious reply to Canmore Pride regarding a donation.
There is no sugar coating this, but the owners of Valbella responded quickly and appropriately to the mistake of one person in their organization. Reaction within our community has been swift and harsh, clearly reflecting intolerance of intolerance. This is predictable, but at the same time unfortunate.
For the sake of one person's idiocy, our community is punishing a long-term family business that is a significant employer and provider of great local products. Every time I am there I am impressed by the staff who say they are very happy to work there and proud of the work they do. They are treated very well by the family owners. This business has been a jewel of longstanding in the Bow Valley.
I have personally been a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, including making significant donations to Camp Firefly in Edmonton. Let's hope we make this an opportunity to discuss, learn and promote tolerance of different lifestyles.
I would also hope that everyone will take a moment to consider whether our community wants to threaten the livelihoods of all the people working for or associated with Valbella for the error of one person. Our inability to learn, understand and forgive can be just as bad as intolerance.