"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.
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.