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Facing challenges together

We are facing new and challenging times; I wish everyone all the strength they need as we face these challenges together.

From hearts on windows in Powell River to the evening howls from the porches of Pender Harbour, I’m not surprised to see the spirit of togetherness on display in communities up and down the Sunshine Coast. It is that spirit that will always help sustain us.
My offices have been extremely busy responding to people seeking information or making sure that their issue or concern is being heard. In addition to speaking with individuals and businesses, I have kept in touch with local governments, law enforcement, health authorities, BC Ferries, community social services, and others, and am confident that all the right people are speaking to each other. I am reassured by the competence of our community officials and organizations.
As the full impact of the pandemic of COVID-19 approaches, it is important to know that the Province has experienced leadership and a good strategy for success. Our Minister, Adrian Dix is skillfully managing the health crisis under the expert advice of our Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Vancouver Coastal Health both regionally and locally on the Upper and Lower Sunshine Coast is prepared, and still continues to prepare. The professionalism of the leadership at every level is heartening.
The preparation, and the strategy for success, will be effective if we continue to reduce the speed of the virus’s transmission by following the orders of Dr. Bonnie Henry: self-isolation if we’ve travelled or are sick; physical distancing in all circumstances; and thorough hand-washing. These measures are as important today as they were last week, and as they will be in another week and in months to come. All the Orders can be found on the BC government’s COVID-19 webpage at gov.bc.ca.
There are many people, businesses, and professions to acknowledge. In addition to thanking every single person who is doing their best, working outside the home or staying in, a special acknowledgement and appreciation goes to those in the health care and allied health care sectors. Our gratitude to those who are caring for our seniors our vulnerable populations. And thank you to those who support them, our families and our friends.
For links to programs to support individuals, families, and businesses, and for comprehensive information on the COVID-19 Action Plan, the Orders of the Provincial Health Officer, Federal programs and local resources, please visit my website: nicholassimonsmla.ca.

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