Community Heroes Part I

In the midst of all the bad news going on in our world, I think it is important, from time to time, to take a break from the fear and frustration and focus on something positive.

A while back, I asked readers to submit stories of community heroes: people who went above and beyond during these difficult days. I was so pleased to receive your stories, and proud to share a couple of them now.

Few groups have been more adversely affected by COVID-19 than Canada’s seniors.

Seniors, living in long-term care homes, comprise some 85% of COVID-19 deaths.

My heart goes out to the families affected by these deaths, illness or the prolonged enforced separation.

That’s why I was so glad to hear about some of the community heroes working in our long-term care homes here in Provencher.

Ed & Tina wrote to nominate the staff and management at Grunthal’s Menno Home.

“We appreciate the staff and management at Grunthal Menno Home for their kind and compassionate care…They went to great lengths to accommodate outdoor visits with our loved ones. They kept us well informed.”

Sarah wrote to nominate Rachel, a nursing student, working in another nursing home over the summer.

“Her dedication, selflessness and responsible attitude inspire us, giving up her summer to serve these seniors. She greets her fellow workers and residents with a welcoming smile and listens patiently to their needs. Music is important to these seniors, so she finds the music they like—The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” is the most popular. With her youthful enthusiasm these seniors sing and dance with her. This provides an atmosphere of relaxation and enjoyment which is so vital to these residents, especially in the uncertain world of today. She does not allow the possibility of contracting the virus to keep her from working, nor does she use it as an excuse to stay away from work… She doesn’t complain about any job, no matter how menial. She loves her family and maintains strong family ties and values. She is truly an inspiration. She is my community hero.”

These are just a sampling of the many stories from our various communities. I know there are many unsung heroes out there.

I am so proud and thankful to hear these stories of people making a difference in our community. I am so proud and thankful to serve as your MP.

I look forward to sharing more stories in the coming days.