Steady As She Goes
Saturday the 13th will mark the anniversary of when COVID locked down our city. On March 13, 2020, all Councillors were gathered to attend an emergency meeting related to COVID-19. This was the pivotal moment when Dr. Vera Etches took leadership for our entire city, and we were told everyone is to head home and stay safe for an indeterminate amount of time.
Over the last year, we’ve taken on every curveball and adapted to our new reality. We took to working remotely, homeschooling, and finally figuring out our Skype passwords. To turning what typically would be emails about potholes and lightbulbs into communications on everything COVID, also while tuning in regularly and working with all three levels of government.
It’s been a long year of very hard work, late nights and early mornings for all of us. Our email volumes have tripled, and we are dedicated to getting back and making those connections for each and every one of you. We're dealing with communications on all fronts; our Ottawa-Vanier group has been a great connection and collaboration, whereby we’ve helped address and connect people with those different levels of government for things like CERB, CEWS, and all other needs and concerns.
I commend all the Councillors and their staff (especially mine) on the tremendous number of hours and patience that’s been needed to adapt and work well throughout this past year. We’re all heaving sighs of relief and working with anticipation as there is light at the end of the tunnel is slowly becoming brighter and brighter every day. We’re moving along, and I know we're all looking forward to getting back out in our communities. We’ll be dusting the cobwebs off the grill and pulling out the pancake mix soon enough!
I want to thank the community of Beacon Hill-Cyrville for your patience during these trying times and for sticking together, supporting local and looking out for one another. I look forward to being physically back in council chambers representing you when it’s safe to do so.
I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Dr. Vera Etches and Anthony DiMonte for their ongoing leadership and dedication to keeping us informed on the latest news and trends, through the good, the bad and the ugly. I would also like to thank Ottawa Public Health for their incredible communications that have brought us laughter and information all in one package.
Once again, thank you to all my residents for your patience, and for reaching out to me with your questions and concerns.
It is a privilege to serve and represent Beacon Hill-Cyrville.