2020 was a difficult year, and will bring cascading effects for many years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of all Canadians. It brought loss, disruption, fear, and challenges. There will be empty seats at dinner tables across the country that should have held those we lost to COVID-19. In addition, the necessary measures to combat this virus have taken away the opportunity for us to gather and provide comfort to one another. As we move through the winter months, the weight of the emotional toll of the pandemic will continue to grow for many people. Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to support each other, even if we cannot be together in person.
As we move through 2021, it is clear that this year will also bring its share of hardships. However, with the vaccines rolling out, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We can begin to look forward to hugging our loved ones again.
Until we get to that point, remember, this too shall pass.
To all those who are working the pandemic response and those who are doing whatever they can as individuals to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, thank you.
Patricia Martel PhD, CEM, ABCP