Published on April 22, 2020

Staying Connected to Each Other

During this time, we need to be more creative on how we stay in touch with each other. Connection with family, friends and neighbours will bring positivity to your day and help with feelings of normalcy. A simple action on your part can make a world of difference to another. If you come across others while running essential errands, wave to them with one hand over your heart. This small but mighty gesture offers a friendly hello and a heartfelt offering of loving kindness.

Woman waving with hand over her heart

Credit: Government of Canada.

Even though the whole world is coping with the pandemic, it can feel lonely and isolating at times. St. Albert Poet Laureate Zach Polis wrote a beautiful a poem that shares the collective thoughts and emotions that many people are experiencing right now. This poem helps us remember that we are all in this together. Watch Zach reading his poem “It’s Okay to Cry Everything Holy.

We’ve heard from St. Albert residents on how they’re helping neighbours through this pandemic. We hope the list below will inspire you on how you can make a difference right in your own neighbourhood:

  • Stay in touch through weekly emails, phone calls and/or a virtual neighbourhood newsletter.
  • Help vulnerable or self-isolating neighbours through finding them resources for stress support, getting groceries, helping with meals, and running errands.
  • Meet through online video platforms to play bingo and other games.
  • Decorate sidewalks and windows with art that other families and individuals can enjoy on their walks.
  • Organize food drives for the Food Bank and utilize porch drops to ensure physical distancing.

The recently created St. Albert Neighbourhood Connectors Facebook Group is a great place to feel a sense of community online. Posts include kids’ activity ideas, tutoring help, inspirational posts, arts/crafts ideas, foodie Fridays, and more. Group members are encouraged to contribute ideas, share them with neighbours, and utilize them.

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Last edited: April 22, 2020