Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer for British Columbia, ends each of her COVID-19 outbreak briefings with the mantra “this is our time to be kind, to be calm, and to be safe.” It is a reassuring message that many people have taken to heart. Some people from King of Life, Coquitlam, have been finding their own ways to be kind, be calm and stay safe.
I am sewing masks in creative colours and patterns for my family and friends. There are many patterns out there, but I have found two styles that work well. The one pictured is an easy pattern to replicate. It is called a circle mask and I add one layer of flannel. It helps to make for a slightly thicker mask. With a large collection of fabric that I have accumulated over the years, I am busy sewing away. — Trudy Wolff
Our little church book group at King of Life has been continuing through the pandemic. We are now meeting on Zoom and enjoy each other’s company for a little while.
Book-club sets are left on my doorstepfor pick-up and drop-off. I return them to the Coquitlam Library (after making arrangements with the staff at the Poirier Branch) and pick up the next month’s set.
We decided to physically meet in June in my backyard. Our plan was to sit two metres apart and discuss the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and enjoy seeing one another in person. — Debra Chisholm
Here in the Matthews family, Jim and I went to work making doctors’ gowns for various clinics in the lower-mainland suburbs of Vancouver while COVID-19 isolating. The clinics were running out of disposable gowns and, with the help of more than 30 volunteers, over 300 gowns were made in just over a month.
Most of the gowns were made from used bedsheets, and some fabric was donated to the cause. Jim cut the gowns out, I sewed them together and our daughter, Allison was the model.
The gowns were appreciated greatly by the doctors and staff, as they help to protect both themselves and their patients. — Karen Matthews