Thursday, April 2

Dear New Westminster,

As we all adjust to our new normal in responding to the Covid-19 crisis, I want thank all of our residents for the efforts they are taking. I receive daily briefings from our education and enforcement team and they report back that the vast majority of our residents and businesses are taking this situation very seriously. It is all of our efforts that are going to keep our community safe and it is so important that we don’t let up during this crucial period.

At 6:57 pm every evening my kids rush to the kitchen to gather up pot and pans to join thousands of New Westminster residents to thank our health care professionals. We have one of the largest hospitals in British Columbia and RCH is on the front lines of this health care struggle. I have heard from our RCH community that they hear our 7pm cheers and that it is helping to keep them going during this difficult time.

It has also become clear that there are many other unsung heroes working hard to continue to provide important services our community depends on. These workers have traditionally not received the recognition they deserve and I hope in the present and into the future we can find ways to thank and recognize their important work.

In these difficult times, I worry about our community at every moment of every day. We have a close knit community and I know people are pulling together. Take time to find comfort in some of the simple joys that life still presents and show love and support to those you can. Together we can do this, together we will get through this.

Love,

Jonathan Cote