NEW Blog Post: Councillor Pete Ypma - Thank You!
4/21/2020 11:20:46 AM
To state the obvious, the world we live in has certainly changed. And while some of these changes will be temporary, I suspect that some will be long lasting.
A huge “thank-you” goes to a number of groups during the current state of emergency, including health care workers and their support staff, those involved in retail, transportation, service industries, law enforcement, emergency response, government and others. Thanks to each one of you for doing what you can to help each of us lead as normal a life as possible in these times.
And thanks to each of you, the residents of South-West Oxford, for doing what you can to protect your health and that of your family and community. Physical distancing and proper hygiene have been preached from every platform possible for the past two months, and I suspect will continue to be for at least the next two. By following these guidelines, the loss of life in Canada has been greatly reduced compared to a worst case scenario. As weather warms up and this pandemic drags on, there will be a lot of temptation to relax our observance of public health guidelines. We must remain diligent in maintaining these standards to give our communities the best chance at the earliest full recovery possible.
These are difficult times. If you have been recently laid off work, my hope and prayer for you is that you may soon be able to return to your job. If you are caring for an elderly parent or grandparent, the added stress of Covid-19 makes this responsibility more taxing. And if you have young children at home, there must be days where you find yourself ready to ‘climb the walls’, particularly if they are too young to understand what “pandemic” means. You have my respect.
I have been quite impressed at the variety of activities the residents in Ward 2 have come up with to interact with neighbours and keep the younger crowd occupied. Whether that is a digital scavenger hunt, writing encouraging messages on the sidewalks with chalk, setting up a chat group for exchanging needed goods or services, or whatever, thank you to all responsible for these initiatives. Keep up the good work! And please don’t forget to give an occasional phone call to your elderly neighbour to make sure they’re still ok.
Thanks also to our own South-West Oxford staff. While the office is closed to the public, the business of our township continues to operate. While staff have had to adjust how they work, be it from home or in split work teams, they are dedicated to making sure that the pandemic has as little effect on our municipality as possible. Thanks to all of you for your professionalism and flexibility in these strange days. Council also continues to meet, albeit electronically.
On the Township's website there is a full listing of Covid-19 resources that are available to the residents and businesses of South-West Oxford. If you need help in accessing these resources, or If you have an issue that needs either staff or council attention, please call or email the office. Staff will quickly put you in touch with the right person to address your situation. Or feel free to contact me personally, and I will do what I can to help. All applications, permits, etc. continue to be processed to the extent possible under the current provincial state of emergency.
I wish you all the best as together we navigate these unprecedented times.
Councillor Pete Ypma