Our Christmas Season is going to look very different this year, however just because we cannot all be together does not mean that we will be apart. We have learned to adapt to the situation that is in front of us and have become ingenious at finding new ways to connect with our friends and loved ones.
The motto “We are in this Together” has never been more important and our attitude is everything — we need to consider what we need as a community and what we are willing to sacrifice to ensure the health and safety of our community as a whole. Our actions together will make us a stronger community when this pandemic comes to an end; and it will end.
I know some of you think the pandemic is not a big deal. I am in meetings regularly with health care providers and I assure you that, while you might not be adversely affected yet, there are many who are – from the health care workers who you might someday need for a non-covid emergency, to the first responders and those who have lost loved ones of any age and individuals who have struggled through on a ventilator. Public Health has issued guidelines and directives because they want to be able to keep our health care system viable. And I thank them for their dedication and wisdom.
COVID-19 is very contagious, but we know how to protect ourselves. Please be responsible. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are arriving, but we need a few more months of careful social interactions to get through.
Our Township motto is “Proudly remembering our past; Confidently embracing our future.” We are a community of communities that has time and time again, shown its strength in our ability to support each other when times are tough. Whether it is through shopping local, donating to our local food bank or offering kind words to our neighbours, we care for each other.
As we celebrate this holiday season, remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The positive news that vaccines have become available brings hope that the New Year will start on a positive note. Distribution of the vaccine to all Canadians will take some time; so please continue to follow Public Health guidelines – which include staying home if you’re sick, wearing masks, washing hands, coughing & sneezing into your elbow area/sleeve, and avoiding large social gatherings.
Our strength as a Township comes from all of you – your ability to reach down deep and lift each other up when times are tough. On behalf of Council and Woolwich Township, I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
Written by Mayor Sandy Shantz