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Harman Kals

Team Member
Calgary

Harman started his career as a Correctional Peace officer in 2014. Working in the Correctional environment for 6+ years, Harman saw the choices certain youth were making, and the results were either jail sentences or worse. Harman firsthand witnessed organized retail crime and its deep rooted connections to highly organized gangs, taking advantage of vulnerable youth for their benefit. Harman saw vulnerable young adults being targeted, exploited, and used for profits. Retail crime was a gateway entry for many adolescents into the gang lifestyle. Harman first hand witnessed the same young adults he had dealt with in the retail industry now incarcerated, serving jail time within the Provincial/Federal Corrections system. The same youth, now adults, had deep involvements into the gangs and were convicted of serious criminal/violent offenses. Many of them lacked the parental figure, positive role model, and were seeking a sense of belonging, a team environment where they could feel safe, feel wanted. 

Harman has been volunteering with various organizations since 2010 including Law Enforcement Torch Run since 2014. Harman landed another career opportunity with the City of Calgary, Transit Public Safety as a Transit Peace officer. Harman now is a Sergeant for Transit Public Safety. Harman began to volunteer with Kids Play in 2021. Kids Play has provided Harman the opportunity of giving back to the community and to provide mentorship to others. This has further enhanced Harman’s capabilities to help young adults with career aspirations and to direct them towards a better future. 

KidsPlay has been instrumental to Harman’s own personal development as well, as he continues to learn from others and adapt to our ever changing environment. 

“What keeps me motivated to continue to volunteer at the KidsPlay events is being able to witness the ongoing development of our youth volunteers, leaders, and participants. We get to be a part of the evolving journey of our volunteers, where they carve out their own career paths whether it’s in Law Enforcement or other amazing professions, and become leaders.”

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