Welcome to Cowichan This Week! This is your essential reading for staying connected to what’s up in the Cowichan Valley. We update this page every week with current news and events. If you want to receive this information straight to your inbox, sign up for our Cowichan Valley newsletter.
We’re in it for the long haul. There’s “zero chance” of physical distancing measures easing up in April, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said this week. There’s hopeful news, too. Modelling released by the province late last week suggests that, if we keep up the good work, we’re in for an outbreak that’s within the capacity of our healthcare system to handle.
It’s hard. All of this is hard. I don’t have any great advice, except to be gentle with yourself and those around you. I’ve also found this article, with steps to take to prepare and adapt in times of crisis, useful.
- Our Cowichan Communities Health Network is regularly updating information on what supports are available through local service organizations. Check the website for the most recent information.
- Social Planning Cowichan has collected information about the organizations that are working together to feed hungry people in this region, and how you can help.
- The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is curating resources for businesses on its website, and also sends a daily newsletter with further information and updates.
- The Cowichan Valley Regional District maintains a page of COVID-19 resources on a wide range of topics on its website.
- The Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice has set up a virtual clinic for COVID-19 assessments for residents without a family doctor.
- There are several programs helping to connect seniors and others who are isolated with volunteer help. Call 211, or contact Volunteer Cowichan or Beacon Buddies to ask for or offer support.
News of the week
- The Halalt First Nation is still grappling with the aftermath of February’s floods, the Chemainus Valley Courier reports.
- A Duncan man is asking for volunteers to offer up their RVs to healthcare workers who need to isolate themselves, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports.
- Local farmers are asking the community to continue to buy local food during this crisis, CHEK News reports.
- A team of local residents has joined together in Project Draw Breath, and they are producing prototypes for modified ventilator systems, face shields and other equipment that might be of use to Vancouver Island hospitals, the Cowichan Valley Citizen reports.
- Local sewers are organizing on Facebook to make scrub caps, masks and more for healthcare workers and others who are interacting with the public.
- Men In Kilts, normally a window cleaning service, is offering free grocery delivery to seniors and people with mobility challenges between Duncan and Campbell River, My Comox Valley Now reports.
The community events section will now include scheduled events that take place online or by telephone. Planning something? Send me an email to let me know.
- Thursday, Apr. 2: 🤝 Lori Austein is offering a weekly virtual council circle for people to have connection with their community. Email Lori for details.
- Friday, Apr. 3: 🌎 The Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians are hosting a virtual climate strike.
- Friday, Apr. 3: 🕵️ Want some help wading through all the COVID-19 information and misinformation? Join journalist Anita Li for a virtual training session on verifying online information. Journalists for Human Rights is offering many sessions of this training this month.
- Saturday, Apr. 4: 🎵 James Hamilton and friends stream live on Youtube from the Duncan Showroom, 7:30 p.m.
- Sundays, Apr. 5-26: 🎤 The Lila Music Centre is hosting a virtual Big Community Sing Song, with special guests. Register in advance.
- Sundays, Apr. 5 – May 11: 🕯️ Learn the basics of mindfulness in a six-week online course with Second Arrow Mindfulness, free for those in isolation due to COVID-19.
Photo of the week
Everything is cancelled in Honeymoon Bay “except yard work, chores, and Zoom meetings,” says Ian Morrison. Thanks for sharing the great photo!
In your words
Truly, all your words of support and encouragement have fuelled me through this difficult time.
“I have been reading The Discourse since it started and just wanted to say how much I appreciate it. I feel much more connected to Duncan and the valley this way,” Donna wrote to me.
Thank you, so much. All of you are the reason we can keep going.
As always, I also appreciate your feedback on how we can serve you better. Send me an email; I’d love to hear from you.
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