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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 ...

Community-builders in COVID-19: The Nottingham Art Walk story

Hannah, Kathy and Doug Brunsdon - the Brunsdon family

Community-builders in COVID-19: The Nottingham Art Walk story

The Brunsdons have always made community connection a family affair. The story of how the Nottingham Art Walk started, like the Brunsdon family, begins in Ottawa. First, it became an Easter weekend I-Spy game that anybody walking past their property could safely play at a distance. Then the family's creativity shifted to setting up a space on their back fence (facing a recreational trail) that hosts an ever-growing collection of community-generated works of "fridge-worthy" art. The exhibit expands every day and has now become another neighbourhood source of fundraising for our local food bank. Dive into their story with ...

Community-builders in COVID-19: Audrey's story

Audrey Schneider

Community-builders in COVID-19: Audrey's story

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.

Community-builders in COVID-19: Brianna and Olive's story

Brianna and Olive

Community-builders in COVID-19: Brianna and Olive's story

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.