Dartmouth East is Stepping Up

Dartmouth East is Stepping Up! 

Every week I will highlight individuals, groups and businesses who are stepping up and leading the way in the COVID- 19 era. 

Over the long weekend, I took some time to reflect on the past few weeks. Its a lot to process. We've had many challenges from isolation, the tragedy at Northwood, the mass shooting, the loss of six members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and just recently the death of Halifax's Jenn Casey. I know as a community and a province we stand united in mourning with the family and friends of those who have passed. 

Every work day, I attempt to make 20-30 wellness checks on residents in Dartmouth East. I enjoy hearing how resilient our community is, and listening to your stories. Despite all the challenges, I am happy to report our community is doing well. We have much to be thankful for! I would like to share with you a few things that are happening in our community that are making a difference. 

I really appreciate how small businesses in Dartmouth East have shown creativity and ingenuity during COVID- 19. I think of Thomas Chamoun and the staff at Leo's pizza who very early on in March put up glass to protect workers and their customers. They have also donated pizzas to our front line health care professionals in the Dartmouth General and the Halifax Infirmary. They also provided pizza kits to purchase so you could make your own favorite Leo's pizza at home! 

Just the other day, my family and I ordered take out from the Mic Mac Bar and Grill, and we were so pleased to enjoy our Mic Mac burgers and potato skins! Based on the number of cars in the parking lot, you can tell many folks were getting ready to get a meal at the Mic Mac. I was so impressed with their service and for following public health protocols by wearing PPE and following the 2 m rule with physical distancing. Well done! 

Deb Hartlen at the Flag Shop Nova Scotia has made hundreds of masks along with producing a health care heroes flag. Her story was highlighted in a recent CBC story. Deb has developed a first responders flag that can be seen from their store on Main St. Way to go Deb and the staff at the Flag Shop Nova Scotia! 

This is just a small sample of folks making a difference in our community of Dartmouth East. It is my intention to highlight their stories every week, here on my blog. If you have suggestions on who I should highlight, I can be contacted at [email protected]

Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay positive.