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Social Action: Who you gonna call? Volunteer Strathcona!

Social Action: Who you gonna call? Volunteer Strathcona!

In a year of isolation, upheaval and fear, volunteers are the superheroes coming to save the day. And while they may not have a proton pack or wear spandex, they will show up on your doorstep with a friendly smile and groceries in hand. As part of National Volunteer Week, the Social Action team connected with Volunteer Strathcona to learn more about the important role community volunteers have played during the pandemic.

Social Action: Celebrating National Child Day

Be seen and heard

Social Action: Celebrating National Child Day

National Child Day is about celebrating children as active participants in their own lives, as active citizens who can and should meaningfully contribute to decision-making in their community. To celebrate, Strathcona County Child and Youth Coalition held a creative mask design competition as an opportunity for children and youth to express themselves through art, poetry, and creative writing.

Community-builders in COVID-19: Graham Heights and Scot Haven Walking Group

Range Road 232 subdivision residents connection through weekly walking group

Community-builders in COVID-19: Graham Heights and Scot Haven Walking Group

As a recent block party host, Jamie Imeson understands that even when you live close to others, you don't necessarily know each other. With block parties on hold due to the pandemic, Jamie and some neighbourhood friends looked for another way to build connections in their community while maintaining appropriate physical distancing, so last month they began meeting every Wednesday night for a walking group. It's an easy-paced way to socialize, make new friends and build community for people living in the Graham Heights and Scot Haven neighbourhood.

Community-builders in COVID-19: Country Cottage and Silver Birch Place plantings

Connection grants support floral and tree planting for seniors

Community-builders in COVID-19: Country Cottage and Silver Birch Place plantings

Kathy and Carol are both retired from working directly with Linking Generations but are still passionate about connecting with seniors and volunteering in ways to enrich their lives. When they learned about the Strathcona County Connection Grants, each applied for one because thought it would be nice to plant some things outside of Country Cottage and Silver Birch Place that seniors could enjoy looking at from inside and enjoy when they do get a chance to go outside.  

Community-builders in COVID-19: Country Convoy

Jessica Lutz and the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society

Community-builders in COVID-19: Country Convoy

Where there was a will, there was a way. A group of like-minded people really wanted to be able to offer some good, safe fun to our community, so Jessica Lutz and the board of the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society took their annual Ardrossan Old Fashioned Parade & Picnic and decided to completely re-invent it, in a socially responsible manner. The Ardrossan 'reverse parade' was born! Read more about how Jessica describes the upcoming Country Convoy, coming to Strathcona County June 27, 2020. 

Community-builders in COVID-19: Spirit Grad Wear

Quintin Dunham and Jessica Wolfrey

Community-builders in COVID-19: Spirit Grad Wear

Like most of their peers, lifelong friends and soon-to-be high school grads Jessica Wolfrey and Quintin Dunham are facing graduation without all of the things that make this milestone so special. On a physical distancing walk a few weeks ago, they decided to make lemonade when COVID-19 gave them lemons. With a spirit of entrepreneurship and a healthy sense of humour, they started making t-shirts for their fellow grads, teachers and relatives to connect and share a laugh during this challenging time. We were fortunate to talk to them about their story - read on to learn more about Spirit Grad ...