CFKR’s COVID-19 Update
Over the past few weeks, we have all become familiar with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have learned about social/physical distancing and flattening the curve, including necessary measures such as the temporary closure of schools as well as many of our much-loved local businesses.
We are deeply grateful to the dedicated members of our communities who continue to provide essential services, including medical staff, grocery store workers, transportation workers, municipal staff, and so many more. We applaud our local small businesses who are pivoting to online and take-out sales. Thank you for keeping our communities going during this challenging time!
And thanks to the rest of us, who are becoming expert “Social Distancing Warriors”, focussed on staying home as much as possible, other than essential tasks such as buying groceries and other key supplies. Thank you to the many employers who are supporting their staff to work from home. Thank you to our fellow community members who are returning from abroad and are isolating themselves for the required 14 days in order to keep our communities as healthy as possible.
None of this is easy, but it is necessary. By practising social/physical distancing, thorough hand-washing, and self-isolation as necessary, our community is making a huge contribution to keeping this pandemic as manageable as possible for our healthcare system.
At the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, we are doing our part to help flatten the curve. As CFKR’s Executive Director, I am working from home, and the Community Foundation will be conducting our meetings via video-conference. We will continue to provide excellent service to our endowment fund holders, donors, community partners, and the community at large. We are currently reviewing the applications to our annual granting process and will be proceeding as usual with our granting process. We will continue to work towards our vision: Together, making our communities even better places to live,work, and play, now and forever.
Although we are all practising social/physical distancing, we also need to stay connected with our family, friends, neighbours, and coworkers, via text, phone calls, FaceTime, or whatever other at-a-distance strategies work for each of us.
This is an extraordinary time, but we live in extraordinary communities. By working together, we can keep our communities as healthy as possible.
Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director
Email: [email protected]