Community Heroes

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Do you know someone who is going above and beyond to help neighbours during the Covid-19 Crisis?

Please let us know by nominating them for our new Community Heroes program. Local heroes will be highlighted on our social media pages and acknowledged formally at a later date.

Share your stories below and don't forget to tell us your hero's name!

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond to help neighbours during the Covid-19 Crisis?

Please let us know by nominating them for our new Community Heroes program. Local heroes will be highlighted on our social media pages and acknowledged formally at a later date.

Share your stories below and don't forget to tell us your hero's name!

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    Freshco is Fresh

    by James Maclaren, 4 months ago

    I was in Freshco super market today 23 April. I was met with the super clean fragrance of fresh...The store was tidy and gave me the warm fuzzies of a clean house. I would like to acknowledge Clarence and Lorraine as Community heroes In our proud city. They are leading by example in making your shopping experience safe and providing confidence to the shopper. They have gone the extra mile for you, so show them some love and let them know you appreciate their efforts. I know I do.

    Irish

    Bhí mé i sármhargadh Freshco inniu 23 Aibreán. Bhuail mé... Continue reading

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    Hospital Caps

    by Amanda.Mck, 4 months ago

    Hi,

    A community hero should be Kelly Abbott. She works in the hospital but is currently working from home. She has made over 100 caps for staff on Quinte 7, over 100 caps for staff on Quinte 6 and has made approx 40 for staff in the ICU (all at Belleville General Hospital). She has not wanted a dime for her time and efforts, just wanting to help. These caps help staff keep their head and hair covered during their shifts and make us feel safe. I definitely think that she is one to deserve recognition for helping this hospital... Continue reading

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    Don’t be sad The Easter Bunny is here!

    by Daniele , 4 months ago

    Community hero’s are all different and no matter what they do they matter and are appreciated! I’d like to take this time to say thank you and show appreciation to the hero close to my heart! My husband Jon Porter a quite guy who works hard as an Airplane Mechanic Instructor in The Royal Canadian Air Force. He’s been going above and beyond for to help make sure we are all being taken care of. Just before Easter Weekend we came across an old Easter Bunny Costume. I was ecstatic and relieved, knowing that with the pandemic and physical distancing... Continue reading

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    In the Mix spreading his Cheer and Goodwill

    by Jane, 4 months ago

    Sometimes the people we see and hear every day are community heroes we take for granted or don't consider to be special in their craft. My uncle Sean Kelly is most certainly a community hero - especially in these challenging times. Sean has been doing all he can to bring the community together in humorous and heartwarming ways. Sean goes to work every single day and I doubt has ever thought about the risks to his own personal health or safety because there is nothing that would keep him from doing his job for the residents of Quinte West. Ensuring... Continue reading

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    Prepared and Preparing Others for Emergency Response

    by Lori, 4 months ago

    Ben Potts not only works on the frontline as both a Quinte West Volunteer Firefighter and as a Paramedic with the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services, but he also is a member of faculty at Loyalist College training past and soon to graduate students of the Paramedic program. Soon, he will be teaching the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program as reported in the article found here:

    https://www.loyalistcollege.com/news/loyalist-college-paramedic-faculty-easing-fears-amid-covid-19/

    Thank you to Ben and others like him who are not just working in the field but are training, mentoring and sharing their skills with others for the benefit of those who... Continue reading

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    Helping Businesses

    by Angela Wildish, 4 months ago

    I believe that Suzanne Andrews from the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce must be recognized. She must be working 24/7 to stay on top of all the government programs and direction for our local businesses as well as trying to get our business stories heard and understood by levels of government that are making decisions.

    If you own a business it is a daunting task trying to keep on top of every program the government is launching, the webinars available to keep your business viable and all the execution details for these programs. Suzanne is staying on top of it... Continue reading

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    I married a hero...

    by vstruthers, 4 months ago

    Google refers to an “unsung hero as person who has achieved great things or committed acts of bravery or self-sacrifice, yet is not celebrated or recognized.” The purest definition of every volunteer firefighter in our community, and my husband, Shane Struthers. Everyday, 365 days a year, volunteer firefighters are on call, waiting for the unfortunate emergency of someone, to stop what they are doing, and head out to help. On top of maintaining a full time job, these community hero’s are always on call - in the middle of family dinner, during a movie night, while out for a... Continue reading

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    Retired but still working

    by Ayla59, 4 months ago

    My friend Greta O’Brian is a retired RN from Trenton Memorial Hospital. She has been working hard making masks before it was even out on Facebook how to do so. She heard about her former coworkers not having PPE and started seeing masks and giving them to any and all front line healthcare workers that wanted them with no cost. She even dropped them off at their house in their mailbox. She took no $ for any of this and I think is well deserving of being one of the local heroes. Thank you.

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    More than a teacher

    by Kelly Beauvais, 4 months ago

    I am a mom to 5 kids, during their education we have had many teachers. But to this day one has stood out above them all. I appreciate the hard work all teachers do for their students but my hero goes above and beyond all expectations.

    Wendy Donovan is a grade 2/3 teacher at VP Carswell Elementary School. She has previously taught 3 of my girls and is currently my son's grade 3 teacher.

    When the school was closed down following March break she is was constant contact checking on how everyone was doing. Before the official work from home... Continue reading

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    Front line Staff

    by Heather76, 4 months ago

    I’d like to nominate Tanya Carson. She’s not only a unit clerk at Belleville General Hospitals covid unit but a volunteer firefighter in Quinte West. She works 12 hour shifts at the hospital supporting the front line staff and often is called upon to serve her community as a firefighter in between shifts. She has 2 children at home while her husband works almost daily as a meat manager at a local grocery store. The family is making sacrifices daily to serve their community. Thank you!