Message from the Mayor
It’s only a week since we declared the municipal “State of Emergency” and announcements and updates have been coming regularly since then. Staff members have continued to adapt and refine procedures to ensure delivery of essential services continues uninterrupted, while at the same time focusing on health and safety requirements to maintain a good working environment.
Please continue to
check our website
for updates on closures or changes to services, as well as links to information and announcements from various agencies and organizations.
We’ve had some good news from the
, which just announced funding for relief and protection of the most vulnerable. These funds are managed through the County, and are focused on community services including shelters for the homeless and assistance to food banks. The funds will also be used to help those who can’t apply for funds from the
announced earlier to cover costs like rent, child care and food. While the news of assistance from both levels of government is welcome, it’s clear more will need to be done to help those facing challenges to meet basic needs.
I spent time this past weekend calling neighbours and catching up with people to understand how things had changed for them, what they have been experiencing and what their thoughts are about what is transpiring. The scope of the pandemic and its various impacts – on our financial well-being, on our families, friends and social activities, and mental and physical health – and the long-term changes for all of us are clearly being thought about and discussed.
I noted in my last update that I was gladdened by the way neighbours were helping each other out and just getting needed things done. This is key and is what will make the difference between communities that “survive” and those that “thrive.” The funding programs from both levels of governments are absolutely essential, but I believe community support will make the difference for food banks, shut-ins, those who have to isolate, and businesses in our communities.
Middlesex Centre has a longstanding tradition of volunteer, community and charity work. Let’s all continue to work together!
Call to check in on your neighbours to see if they need supplies, some help, or simply would appreciate a few minutes of conversation. Deliver a bowl of soup or some of your favorite comfort food to someone who you know is under the weather. Since it’s difficult to get certain goods and staples at the grocery store, donate gift cards or cash to the
food bank in Ailsa Craig
, which covers our area.
I’d also like to give a shout-out to all of you who are doing your part “to flatten the curve” by staying home and physically distancing when outside. This is an important step we can all take to help contain the spread of the virus.
Again, thanks for all you do!
Mayor Aina DeViet, Middlesex Centre