Nestled in the centre of the province of British Columbia, the city of Prince George is a community of heart and passion. It seems that no matter what the challenge is, we find a way to overcome and take care of one another. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and changes the lives of children all the way up to the elderly, we can see just how supportive our community really is.
Bringing the community together with hearts
The Hearts of PG campaign is the amazing initiative of a local caring mother. What started as a hunt for hearts displayed in windows for her children has become a visual representation of hope and connectedness during this time of isolation and physical distancing. It reminds us that we are all in this together, and that we will get through this together. It is no surprise that this innovative gift to her children ultimately ignited hearts of all ages in Prince George and around the world.
Reinventing special occasions and events
During COVID-19, Car Parades have reinvented special occasions in Prince George. It was the vision of one person wanting to bring joy to the life of another that has resulted in an extraordinary volunteer effort that brings excitement and happiness to locals in celebration of birthdays, new babies, anniversaries, and other special moments in life. Our incredible front line medical workers at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia are also honoured regularly. This is love in action during a very stressful and challenging time in our history.
Special people make a difference
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, many people in our community still get up and go to work every day, as they always have, and continue to provide services that benefit us all.
Cecilia Taylor has been a much loved front line worker at Save-On-Foods for thirteen years. When asked how the pandemic has affected her life, Cecilia replied, “As with virtually everyone, COVID-19 has had a monumental impact on my life. The area it has hit me the hardest is my work. As an essential service employee my days, and that of my co-workers, are at times fraught with ever changing but necessary procedures. Limiting ‘in demand’ items, enforcing social distancing rules while striving to remain calm when customers react negatively to some or all of this is the hardest part.”
For many of us, the sudden changes and continuous pressure brought on by the pandemic has taken a toll on our mental and emotional well being. Cecilia observed, “I have experienced teary moments and daunting stress that leaves me exhausted emotionally, physically and mentally. I am, however, buoyed by the fact that there is a lot of support and cohesion with my fellow employees, managers and a great number of customers.”
Choosing our response to COVID-19
While we have no choice when it comes to the pandemic, we must choose how we deal with it. Cecilia digs deeps and reveals how she found her footing with a strength that makes me believe that everything will be okay. “As I wade through all the uncertainty, anxiety, and fear of the unknown, the eternal optimist in me is compelled to search for positivity and inspiration. I like to decompress by doing my art, reading, cooking, or watching television. There is much introspection, reflection and soul searching. We absolutely are all in this together and must never lose sight of that. These are unprecedented times for nearly everyone, and I have unwavering faith that we will overcome this.”