While all the days may seem like they're blending together these days, we have come to the Victoria Day long weekend and the unofficial kickoff to summer. I hope you're able to enjoy this long weekend with your family and loved ones - but please do so safely, keeping in mind the advice of our public health professionals for physical distancing.
I'd like to wish a happy early Mother's Day to all the mothers in Scarborough. It's never easy to be a Mother and, during these challenging times, there has been even more pressure on Moms to keep families together, safe and healthy. Sunday is your day! I hope all the fathers and children out there help to make it a great one for you.
With May comes warmer weather, and hopefully we also come closer to the other side of this challenge we are all facing as Canadians make extraordinary sacrifices to win the fight against COVID-19.
As I begin my latest update, let me say Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem to all those celebrating Ramadan this month. I know it will be a very different Ramadan, without being able to go to the Mosque for prayers and gathering with the community for Iftar. Instead, we will be at home with our families. Let us remember the values of empathy and charity that are now more important than ever.
As I write to provide you with another weekly update, I remain hopeful and optimistic that the sacrifices many of us are making by staying home and by physically distancing will begin to pay off soon. With warmer spring weather just around the corner, it's so important that we stay the course so all our efforts to date have not been for nothing.
This is a list of organizations that operate in the Scarborough Centre area that includes food bank services and drop-off support services (groceries, medication, etc.) for seniors. Some of these organizations service only a specific catchment based on area code. Enquiries on services offered should go to the organization directly.
This week, I would like to send my thoughts and best wishes to the members of the Jewish, Sikh and Christian faiths celebrating Passover, Vaisakhi and Easter, and Tamils celebrating their New Year on Tuesday.
As I write to provide my third weekly update on our government’s COVID-19 response, I want to say that I hope you are hanging in there and to urge you to stay the course. I understand many of you are frustrated. You want to know how much longer this will go on. When life will be back to normal. When we can go back to playing basketball, to seeing a play, to having friends over for dinner. When we can go back to work.
Scarborough is one of the most diverse communities in Canada and, for many residents, their first language isn’t English or French. So we asked community leaders to record a message for the people of Scarborough in their mother languages.
Before I begin with the news, let me thank everyone who is following the advice of the public health experts by practising physical distancing, and to all the Canadians returning from overseas who are following the legally mandatory self isolation of 14 days. The more we follow the instructions of the public health professionals, the sooner we will get through this.
I am writing to provide you with an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But first, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you. It is your positive response that is going to get us through this.
© 2020 Salma Zahid. All rights reserved.