Peace Region Soldiers of Odin member Rob Terry sat down with the Mirror Wednesday afternoon to talk about the group making their presence a bit more public in the Peace region.
Terry understands initial blowback and concern, but doesn’t understand the lack of communication. While elected officials and Dawson Creek candidates running in the election have admitted being in attendance at a September Take Back the Night event with Soldiers, only one candidate running the DC race has reached out to the group. While Alberta provincial UCP party disqualified a nomination candidate who defended the SOO attendance at a pub night, Peace region politicians for the whole seem quiet either way.
A handful have come out against the group, while most have neither publicly responded to a petition denouncing the group, nor reaching out to the SOO for more information.
“We are more than happy to have a civil conversation with anyone about our organization,” Terry says.
“We don’t care who you are, and if you need help, give us a call.”
There are only a handful of Soldiers of Odin members scattered throughout the Peace region, with most in Fort St. John. A Facebook group started this week now has approximately 80 members. Terry said the group has been working in the Peace for awhile.
“We’ve helped clean up Kin Park, help clean up Beatton Park, fundraised for Hudson’s Hope house fire victims.”
He notes a pair of Facebook threads were removed, through no help of the Soldiers of Odin.
“It’s like people just don’t want to talk either way.”
Wade Reimer with the Grande Prairie chapter of the SOO says the group is looking throughout Canada to change their reputation – right or wrong – with good deeds, projects and open communication.
“Everyone can reach out to us, we aren’t hiding. Most branches have a website on online presence by way of contact, or at least a phone number.”
“We’re not about agendas, just communication.”