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.
The Social Action team interviewed Cheyenne, a recipient for the COVID-19 Community Connection Microgrant. Cheyenne and her daughter assembled and dropped off over 20 jars of jams in her neighbourhood to spark a “sweet” connection.
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.
The response to the innovative online storytimes has been so positive that they may remain a permanent programming option for the library, once life returns to normal.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place and many people working remotely, the first snow route clearing of the season had to bee coordinated differently.
Youth wellness kits are packed with activities, games, puzzles, questions and resources to help youth learn about and build their own mental health. Check one out!
Thousands of Strathcona County staff continue to work ceaselessly throughout the pandemic to keep our community safe and services functioning as effectively and safely as possible.
A couple of weeks before school started, youth had the opportunity to attend an in-person event meeting health and provincial COVID-19 guidelines. Youth shared their talents in art and music, and had safe gathering space to reconnect with each other.
Social Action had a chance to follow up with co-organizer and Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society (ARAS) board member, Jessica Lutz, who reflects on the amazing success of the Country Convoy, on June 27.
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.