Audrey Schneider lives in a tight-knit community of mostly seniors where neighbours are used to getting together regularly. They gather to play games, celebrate special events and to share meals. When the current public health crisis of COVID-19 meant that many of her friends who were returning from vacations in the sunny south had to stay home and self-isolate - and she knew her neighbour's birthday was fast approaching - she any her friends decided to take to their driveways to celebrate the birthday boy, at a distance.
When social distancing measures forced most of us into our homes a couple of weeks ago, Brianna Wozny's daughter, Olive, began to miss seeing her friends and being out in the community. The four-year-old was worried that people would feel lonely and might forget that staying inside meant saving lives. Brianna and Olive posted signs on their front window and door to encourage neighbours and the community to see their isolation measures as saving lives.
Paul Jew has lived in as well as operated his business, Smilie's Restaurant, in Sherwood Park for over 24 years. He loves his community and when the current COVID-19 crisis meant hardship for many in the 'Park, he decided to do something about it.