March 19 Update Regarding Covid-19

March 19th Update

The April, May and June Pre-Teen Dances have all been CANCELLED.

All Parkgate Society Child Care Programs are closed until further notice.

To our Valued Community Members,

In response to the rapidly changing landscape related to the COVID-19 health pandemic, we will do our best to keep you updated on how Parkgate Society is responding to these quickly unfolding events. The health and safety of the people in our community is of our utmost concern; in particular, protecting the well-being of the vulnerable and our elders.

We are doing our best to follow the Canadian government’s community-based measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and recommendations made by BC Health. As such, we made the following changes and cancellations to our programs and services:

Seniors:

ALL Seniors programming is CANCELLED until further notice, including the Seymour Access Bus. However, if you are a senior and need assistance with your shopping, please contact Katie directly at: [email protected]

Youth:

Parkgate Youth Services Department has made the decision to CANCEL the Spring Break Youth Drop In Programs (March 19th – March 28th).

The April 4th, May 2nd and June 6th Pre-Teen Dances have been CANCELLED.

The Youth Services Team will continue to be available for any youth in our community who are in need of support. Please contact the Youth Workers by phone, email or Facebook.

 

Child Care & Spring Break Day Camps:

All Parkgate Society Child Care Programs are closed until further notice.

Parkgate Society Spring Break Day Camps (March 16 – March 27) have been cancelled. If you need information about child care please contact Christine Mann, Child Care Manager: [email protected]

 

Family Programs:

Our Parkgate, Lynnmour and Saturday Drop-Ins, as well as Afternoon, Evenings and Dad’s Night Out Drop-Ins are cancelled until further notice. Parkgate Society’s Parent Community Developers are available to you to and check their phone regularly: 604-983-6444 ext. 849

 

School’s Out Program:

This Program closed for Spring Break and is looking into alternative ways to connect with children in their program starting April 2020. You can connect with the coordinators via their social media platforms or phone: 604-716-3228 to leave a message.

 

Our Facilities:

The majority of Parkgate Society’s programs and services are housed within Parkgate Community Centre. To keep up-to-date with the latest information about the status of the facility, please refer to the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture (NVRC) website: https://www.nvrc.ca/ and https://www.nvrc.ca/notices-events-blog/notices/coronavirus-covid-19-information

 

Keeping Updated on the Situation:

We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and will follow the latest government recommendations. For the more information, please refer to these links:

BC Centre for Disease Control

Canadian Government’s Community-Based Measures to Mitigate the Spread of Covid-19

We ask you to help us slow down the spread of Covid-19 by following these recommendations:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect ‘high touch’ areas in your home and office.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your shirt sleeve rather than your hands and promptly dispose of used tissues in the wastebasket, ideally first putting them into a sealed plastic bag.
  • As much as possible, avoid touching your face.
  • The Provincial Government is recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Effective March 12, anyone who chooses to travel outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid contact with people that are visibly ill.
  • Stay home if you are sick and experiencing flu symptoms, particularly a fever and a dry cough.
  • If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate and call 811 for an assessment.

We are in very uncertain times at present and some of these asks may be difficult for you and your family to do. However, by taking these preventive steps now, we can help to contain the spread of COVID-19. It is our collective responsibility to follow these measures and protect the health of our family, friends, neighbours and the broader community.

What else can we do to help support each other? Here are some ideas:

  • If you have elderly neighbours or know of people who are self-isolating, offer to help with any errands or grocery shopping.
  • Phone friends or family who you haven’t spoken to recently to reconnect.
  • Send messages of appreciation to people you know who are working tirelessly to care for the sick and elderly and to those who are working hard to slow the spread of this virus.
  • While the sun is shining, enjoy the outdoors – take walks, ride bikes, or find a quiet place to simply sit and appreciate how fortunate we are to live is such a beautiful place.
  • Spread kindness: smile and share a kind word with those you meet. This can go a long way to relieving the anxiety so many of us are feeling at the moment.

We are all in this together! We may need to increase our physical distance from each other for the short term, but let’s take this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves to find creative ways to become closer in spirit – now, and for the long term.

Sincerely,

Parkgate Society Management Team

For more information or if you have any questions, please email: [email protected]