December 3 is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We hear from County resident Corey as he reflects on sports, COVID and accessibility.
When lockdowns started in 2020, Camryn packed up her things and left her Grade 6 classroom. Today, she’s a teenager and junior high student living in rural Strathcona County. Camryn shares her story of resilience in celebration of National Child Day (Nov. 20).
"Every day I wake up wondering, “Is it going to be busy?”. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. But it’s amazing how people from the community support small businesses. This community is very giving — you can count on them, you know?"
“You can prepare all you want and things still may go sideways — that’s the messiness and beauty of relationship. Conflict is hard but it’s so worth it. Hopefully you come out with a relationship that’s stronger.”
"Although parents have been feeling anxious themselves, we’re seeing a lot of parents reaching out for support. Adults showing genuine care for their child’s well-being is one of the biggest contributors for great resiliency in a child.”
“Vulnerability is going to help us feel genuine and help us keep coping. It's also going to make the relationships we do have stronger.”
“We’ve had to make so many decisions through the pandemic, and we’ve made them with a lot of uncertainty about what’s going on in the world. The cumulative effect of all of these tough decisions is sticking with us."
“For some people the pandemic was harder, for others it was easier. But we experienced this event together. It’s about connection, understanding and common humanity.”
“Having good mental health doesn't mean we are happy all the time. Having good mental health means we can navigate the ups and downs of life.”
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.