The last year has been incredibly difficult for our community and country. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our strength and resolve. It’s created immense hardship for countless families, small businesses, and organizations within our own community, as many have struggled with the impacts of lockdowns and restrictions while others have tragically lost loved ones to the virus. However, in this darkness, we’ve also witnessed our resiliency here in Dufferin-Caledon. Local community heroes have continued to bring light and hope for better days and it’s important we recognize them.
Dufferin-Caledon has always had tremendous community spirit and is quick to act when a helping hand is needed. It was no surprise last year that shortly after the pandemic struck and despite the chaos of those first few months, residents and small businesses immediately jumped in to provide support throughout the community. We saw businesses like Bolton Pizza Panini and Saunacore team up to deliver pizzas to frontline workers and vulnerable residents in Caledon. Seconds Count thrift store sent $123,000 to Headwaters Health Care Centre. This money went towards the purchase of new beds and stretchers, as well as screening areas at the hospital. Local residents, such as Melissa Cauley, established the Orangeville and Area Caremongering Facebook group last March, which became a powerful movement in Dufferin-Caledon. These are just a few of the exceptional stories of our community coming together to support each other. We’re extremely thankful for their extraordinary efforts to keep us safe and hopeful through their selfless acts of kindness and generosity.
Last year, we worked hard to spotlight our amazing local COVID heroes. It was my honour to present them with certificates recognizing their contributions to our community. We need to continue recognizing these everyday heroes who step up to help others impacted by the pandemic. Please help me by nominating residents, small businesses, and organizations in Dufferin-Caledon who dedicate themselves to making a difference. No effort is too small. Together, we will recognize 25 local heroes in our community, as good news stories which give us renewed hope and optimism for better days ahead.
Please e-mail your local COVID hero nominations to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 16, 2021. Thank you for your support of this initiative to celebrate Dufferin-Caledon’s outstanding community spirit.