Hope and Inspiration - Written Submissions

A is for ADAPTING to a new way of life
B is for our BEAUTIFUL residents missing their children, husband or wife
C is for CARING staff being rushed off their feet
D is for DONATIONS of food and treats that are offered for staff to eat
E is for ESSENTIAL WORKERS screening and sign in log
F is for FACESHEILDS now worn often and frequently fogged
G is for GOWNS worn by many throughout the day
H is for HAIR tucked up and hidden away
I is for ISOLATION we’ve had from our friends
J is for JOKES we make for any stressful events life sends
K is for working to KISS Covid 19 Goodbye
L is for LAUGHTER still heard in the halls we won’t lie!
M is for MOVING for safety the tables and chairs
N is for NOTES of support from the community and family to show us they care
O is for OUTBREAKS we hope won’t last long
P is for PAUSING to cheer other homes in outbreak on
Q is if for QUICHE we sometimes eat in the hallways
R is for REACHING out to others to share we’re still OK
S is for SPECIAL DAYS away from each other
T is for TOGETHER we work to make sure our residents don’t suffer
U for the UPDATES we send about Covid 19
V is for VOLUNTEERS and others for weeks have remained unseen
W is for WINDOW visits and WATCHING & WAVING
X for X MARKS THE SPOTS for staff when they are waiting
Y is for YEAR 2020 and all those infected
Z is for ZOOM, Face Time and Google Hangout use to help keep the Residents connected
Shalagh Cassidy, Kitchener

Many fun activities kept staff and resident spirits up. I was able to wear my Kitchener Rangers jersey in celebration of Sports Day. Caregivers and PSWs were recognized during Caregivers’ Appreciation Week and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale was marked with a cake and candles. Nurses and PSWs became superheroes as their faces were superimposed on superhero figures and posted throughout Sunnyside home. Many of us wore red and white to acknowledge our shared pride in being residents of Canada.
Susan Shantz, Kitchener                                                                              

Now, after 7 weeks (and counting) of isolation, I have been amazed by the initiatives of individuals, communities, and organizations across the world that have become heroes during this crisis. I am reminded of the beauty in humanity that has come from the ugliness of this pandemic. I look back on when my grandparents told me about their experience during World War II. Or when my parents explained their struggles through the 2008 Great Recession. One day, I will tell my children about my experience during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, but more importantly, I will tell her about our healthcare workers, frontline workers, and the numerous people who have done their part in a variety of unique ways.  
Anonymous, Waterloo 

The reality is, each and every person is sacrificing something during this quarantine, be it a wedding, a prom, an education, mental health, finances, staying home with young children, the missed birth or death of a loved one, a lay-off, working on the front lines, sicknesses, and countless others. We need to mourn our collective sacrifices, but still embrace them with the appreciation that they are for the greater good.
Kristen Woodall, Kitchener 

I’ve kept in touch with friends by emails, texts, Facebook and phone calls. We’re all looking out for each other. I haven’t sensed any feelings from them that are different from my own. We’re worried but not terrified.
Lorna Weber, Elmira 

The 2 weeks that followed reminded me of everything that is good about being Canadian. Having traveled, we were required to isolate at home for 2 weeks in our tiny apartment. Stores were still figuring out how to manage home deliveries, so it meant relying on the kindness of others to look after food and supplies for ourselves and our cats. We never went without food. Different friends brought groceries from different stores, looking after not just our need to be fed but also to have some specialty ingredients to feel nourished and cared for. They tucked in a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine as a gift. And no one accepted payment for the groceries, wishing instead for our good health. 
Rachel Bolton, Kitchener 

Our lives seem quieter but there’s more focused attention on the people and things that are truly important
Michelle Hrabi, Kitchener

The underpaid and undervalued professions that are now essential throughout this crisis, must be given more priority and attention in times to come. Perhaps people will start thinking more about what they eat, how much they travel, how much debt they want to carry.
Margaret Brubacher, Elmira

Each evening I will open my third floor apartment window which faces west and watch the sunset. Seeing that sunset reminds me that we made it another day. I survive and thrive one day at a time.
Joe Lethbridge, Cambridge

I received this email near the start of the social and structural impacts of COVID on my life (Uni classes being moved online, work being impacted/moved online, starting to distance from old friends and family because I was quarantining with four roommates). This email made me feel understood and like someone cared, and it made a huge difference to me. I want people to look back on this time and to remember the things we said to each other, and the ways we supported each other.
Kate Short, Kitchener

But breathe deep. Take time to do things that make you happy. Turn off your phone, Stop reading the news, Stream some ridiculous shows. Bake something. Stream some ridiculous shows of other people baking something. Play your favourite video games. Dance wildly to whatever kind of music makes you the most likely to break out the air guitar. FaceTime your friends and family to talk about something other than this illness and toilet paper. And have faith that there are whole teams of people working to keep things safe and stable for as many people – including you and your loved ones – as they possibly can.
Veronica Carter, Waterloo