*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — March 29, 2020 — Everyday in Burlington, someone does something for a friend, a stranger or their community. Many times, no one knows the action or even the impact it has. Sure, the city has some larger than life events and local personalities that are exciting, award-winning and newsworthy, but it’s the random acts of community that really build our strength, sense of belonging and defines who we are as a city.
The City of Burlington is asking residents to share stories at getinvolvedburlington.ca/together of what makes you proud to be Canadian and a Burlington resident, and how we come together as a city. Tell us about how you or someone you know has made a difference or has brought people together through random acts of community; moments of kindness or through small acts that may have made a bigger impact in your life or those around you.
“The vast majority of us are quite humble and think nothing of a friendly gesture. It’s just our Canadian nature, but it’s everywhere and it needs to be recognized. We’re at a time where we’re a bit frustrated and anxious and we need more than ever to be reminded that the small acts can have the biggest impacts. We are a great city filled with amazing, kind, generous and thoughtful people. We’re overdue in talking about that, so please visit the website and share your story.” — Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture
We know that everyone has a fundamental human need to have a sense of belonging and that there are those who live amongst us who act as Community Connectors. These are the people who reach out to others by offering friendship, kindness or support.
Examples of stories could be as simple as neighbours helping each other or coordinating something that brings the community together. It could be a story about how you or someone you know were made to feel welcome and a part of the community. Of course, we also want to hear of the bigger things like volunteers and those who organize food drives, environmental clean-ups and advocate for a better life for everyone.
Starting March 29, share your story on getinvolvedburlington.ca/together by uploading your short video from YouTube or Vimeo (1 minute or less) or writing your story in 500 words or less. Registration to Get Involved Burlington is needed but only requires a postal code and email. Stories posted will be visible to anyone on the page and open to messages of kindness, inspiration and support. Check the site frequently to see new stories and be inspired.
Stories will be accepted until June 30, 2021 and City staff may reach out to request permission to feature your submission.
Together, we are Burlington.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
Part of what makes Burlington the best city to live in is our sense of community and coming together to support each other. Over the past year, I’ve heard so many inspiring stories of residents reaching out. It is so uplifting and makes me so very proud to be Burlington’s mayor. I know there are many more stories out there and I look forward to reading them. I hope you will also be inspired by the warmth, kindness and strength of our community. Together, we are Burlington.
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.
Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist