Today’s update is short and sweet. I have been updating you daily for the last 24 days on what you need to know about COVID-19 in our community, as well as new developments from all three levels of government. Today, I’d like for us to take a break from that, its Sunday. Let’s take a break from the news and let’s take some time to focus on two important topics: what we love about our community and the amazing health care providers who have stepped up to establish the COVID-19 Care Clinic in Bells Corners.
I typically do my best thinking when I run. During my run this morning I started thinking about all the reasons I love our community. I came home and wrote all these reasons down. I wrote a love letter to our community and I’d like to share it with you. I`m sharing it with you because I am grateful, but also because I want to encourage you to give thought to all the reasons you are thankful to live in our community, and perhaps reflect on how lucky we really are.
My Love Letter to my Community
Dear Kanata North,
I love your beauty. I love that nature is at my fingertips. A walk at the Beaverpond, South March highlands, along the Carp River, or our many greenspaces can be done on a whim. I can lose myself in nature whenever I choose. My kids have been able to appreciate this nature since they were born. For this I know they are calmer, happier kids and I am a happier, calmer mom. The beauty of our community is everywhere we look, as long as we are open to seeing it.
I love your people. It is an understatement to say that our community has a big heart. This is evidenced by the 165 (and counting) neighbours who have signed up over the last 3 weeks to volunteer to help others grocery shop or run errands while they self-isolate. The stories I could share about the dozens of folks we have helped in the last few weeks are so incredible. This is community at its finest and Kanata North you are pretty fine.
I love how safe we feel here. I know that crime does happen, but not often, and when it does, we rally as a community. We watch out for each other. We make sure our neighbours are ok. Your hearts are so big. It makes my family and I feel safe.
I love the sense of community and belonging I’ve felt since the day we moved here. The smiles and generosity of neighbours. The amazing schools, community associations, and businesses. This feels like home amongst many instant friends. It’s amazing.
I love the life we’ve been able to build here.
Thank you, Kanata North for being the place I want to raise my family, grow old in, and have the opportunity to serve my community as their Councillor. Thank you to the people of Kanata North for being so kind and gracious particularly now in such difficult times. Although, it may not always seem like it we are so fortunate. It’s times like now that taking stock of our blessings, being thankful, and remaining focused on our health and wellness is critical.
Please keep us safe in the days to come.
With much love and appreciation,
Proud City Councillor
Perhaps you`ll be inspired to write your own letter or maybe you have your own private reasons to be thankful. Whatever they are please take some time to reflect. Take some time for yourself. These are difficult times and we can’t take our own health, either physical or mental for granted.
I also think it is important and timely to share with you the details of a new care clinic that will open tomorrow and serve our community. This afternoon, I had the pleasure in visiting the new COVID-19 Care Clinic that will open tomorrow at 9 a.m. The Care Clinic is located at D.A. Moodie Intermediate school in Bells Corners and will be operated by the Queensway Carleton Hospital in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and the region’s Clinical Care Coordination Centre. It will serve the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A big thank you to Dr. Joseph Pollard, Cameron Best, and the dozens of individuals who have been working tirelessly over the last two weeks to get this site established. Seeing a school function in this new capacity is truly an amazing sight. It is a testament to the dedication of many in our health care system working hard to increase capacity and care for people in our community.
Residents ages two and older who have a cough, fever, and cold-like symptoms that can’t be managed at home are encouraged to visit this site to see a physician. Anyone younger than two should still visit CHEO for care. Note: that this is not an assessment center for testing for COVID-19, residents should still go to the Brewer Arena location if they require testing. The Care Clinic is equipped with equipment to do basic diagnostics tests, such as chest x-rays and lab work.
- What: Care Clinic for those that have a cough, fever, and cold-like symptoms that they cannot manage at home
- Who: Anyone age 2 and older with symptoms listed above.
- Where: D.A Moodie Intermediate School, 595 Moodie Drive, Bells Corners
- When: Opening tomorrow, April 6th and operating daily 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.
- Why: Treat patients who require care at this site, reducing the demand on Emergency Departments
Having visited the site today and speaking with Dr. Pollard and Cameron Best I am overcome with gratitude. I am thankful to live in a city that has such dedicated health care professionals and in a country that is prioritizing our health care and wellbeing in such a challenging time. My heartfelt thanks to all our frontline workers. You are our heroes.
I hope everyone is staying home and staying healthy.
As always, please reach out if you need anything.
Your community is here to help.