It’s hard to believe – but, here we are, the last paper of 2020. It’s been a tough one. Although we have lost a lot – we have also gained a lot. The response to coronavirus has demonstrated the contribution that communities make to public health. It has come to light that community life is essential for health and wellbeing. Now more than ever we are aware of the value of social connections, neighbourliness, sense of be-longing, control, and mutual trust. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, communities have sprung into action. Neighbours are connecting and look-ing out for each other more than usual, informal support groups in local areas have organized ensuring no one is left behind. Our communities have shown and built their resilience repeatedly over the past year. With winter on the horizon, we can’t lose sight of the need to support the seldom heard, isolated and excluded individuals and communities. Hav-ing a strong community infrastructure and supportive social networks are factors that help communities withstand and adapt to shocks.
Is it safe to say we are tired of the COVID mantra? Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Social distance. The routine should be second nature by now. As my friend Diane Glad-well, a retired Public Health Nurse, would say, it’s “Sort of like brushing your teeth every morning; you wear a mask when you leave the house.”
By Abigail Porter, Orono Public School
Holly Andres sat on her bed thinking of what to write to Santa. Should she say, “To Santa. I have been so good this year,” or maybe, “Hey Santa, I loved the Lego set you got me last year” or should she just get straight to the point? Like, “Santa, I want my dad home for Christmas.”
In support of Orono Public school, Amin and Fatin, owners of the Orono Country Café, held a two-week fundraiser donating a portion from every meal. On Monday they were pleased to donate over $500 to the school. Amin and Fatin wish to thank their customers for their continued support over the last 14 years.
The Durham Region Police Service brought their 32nd Annual Food and Toy Drive team to Newcastle on Sunday, December 13 to collect unwrapped toys and non-perishable food do-nations. For every toy donated, Newcastle Rona Hardware matched with another one. Donated food items were collect-ed for the Clarington East Food Bank. Pictured from left to right: Sara-Lynn Power, Community Safety Coordinator DRPS, her son Cole, Mayor Adrian Foster, Leo Blindenbach, Jason from RONA, Sharon Payton, Councillor Margaret Zwart and in front Michelle, DRPS Toy Drive.
For anyone driving north along the Darlington-Clarke Townline Road, one might notice a bright yellow sign inviting curious passersby to check out the enticing sculptures at Abantu Art, owned by sculptor Yvan Leclerc
EVERYWHERE – Christmas is just around the corner and not only has Santa Claus been practicing social distancing like everyone else, he has been named an essential worker.
It all started with a simple conversation around the kitchen table with family. One mentioned about the connection in Ghana, and wondered about getting in touch. “We are from the Asanti Region, originally,” states Lorna Thomas, local entrepreneur. One thing led to another and soon the telephones were connecting across the water from Newcastle to Wa, a town of just over 100,000 in Ghana.