Category: Try Not to Smile

13 minutes ago

LEGO PM Trudeau speaks to kids about the ongoing pandemic and the need to stay strong

Once again, his message has been transformed into a stop-motion LEGO video by Tyler Walsh of Winnipeg.

Music fills the atrium at Credit Valley Hospital, raising the spirits of workers and patients alike

Four health care workers at the Mississauga hospital have taken up playing the piano, replacing volunteers who can’t enter the facility due to the pandemic.
12 days ago

Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19

All proceeds from the new children's book “Patty and the Pandemic” by Nicole Crimi will go to charity.
18 days ago

VIDEO: Voices Rock Medicine returns with an inspiring rendition of "Brave"

The community choir of women physicians from the GTA went viral in April with a virtual performance of Leon Dubinsky's "Rise Again".
a month ago

N.B. student pairs youth and seniors for companionship during COVID

Hannah Crouse’s efforts have alleviated pandemic-related loneliness and built friendships between older and younger people.
a month ago

Hair Donation Ottawa goes virtual

An annual CHEO fundraiser in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this year participants are encouraged to film and upload a video of themselves cutting their own hair.
2 months ago

A host of familiar faces welcomes Canadian med students back to school

The University of Toronto invited notable figures from medicine and entertainment to drop into their virtual orientation facilities, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and rapper Sean Paul.
2 months ago

Vancouver Coastal Health now using TikTok to help curb the spread of coronavirus among young people

The biggest increase of positive cases over the last two months in B.C. are in people aged 20 - 39. Vancouver’s health authority has launched a new campaign to combat this, including TikTok videos.
2 months ago

Origami paper garden brightens the window at Banff long-term care home

A local grade 4 student heard that residents at St. Martha’s Place were feeling lonely during the pandemic, so she started visiting and making them flowers for their solarium window.
2 months ago

Eastern Ontario couple separated by COVID-19 enjoy anniversary visit

Staff members at their respective care homes helped Harry and Arlie Beckstead celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary together, even with pandemic precautions in place.
2 months ago

Newfoundland artists painting portraits of workers on the front lines of COVID-19

The concept originated in the UK and has been taken up by artists from across Newfoundland and Labrador, who are creating images of health workers and others whose labour is essential.
3 months ago

Young entrepreneur creates ear protectors for healthcare workers, donates profits to the Ottawa Food Bank

11-year-old Alex Pound is using his 3D printer to make and then donate ear protectors for frontline workers who have to wear a mask all day.
3 months ago

Brass band offers a harmonious thank you to frontline workers in London, Ontario

The London Symphonia Brass Quintet took their show on the road to play for staff and patients at two local hospitals and a long-term care home.
3 months ago

Toronto artist raises funds for the Ottawa Hospital with new line of fine art masks

Featuring landscape prints selected by the artist, Darlene Kulig, these Canadian-sourced masks are designed to mimic a smile and intended to evoke happiness. A portion of each sale is going to The Craig Kulig Memorial Fund to help fund cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital.
3 months ago

Ottawa school board invites families to thank health care workers through letters, drawings, videos

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board set up the #ThankYouFromOCDSB campaign to offer support and encouragement to front-line workers fighting COVID-19 in their community.
3 months ago

Ottawa Art Gallery stages online mini-exhibition of support messages for frontline workers

The gallery created the exhibit as part of its Creative Wellness partnership with the Ottawa Hospital.
4 months ago

Ontario woman released from hospital after 87-day battle with COVID-19

76-year-old Jessie Jacobs discharged after prolonged hospitalization with COVID-19.
4 months ago

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank BC hospital workers for their work during pandemic

Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated Canada Day by speaking with British Columbia doctors and nurses over Zoom.
4 months ago

Digital portrait makers collaborating with U of T on a series honouring Black health care workers and students

Echogram is working with the University of Toronto’s Black Medical Students Association on the project, which celebrates individuals making a difference on the front lines of COVID-19.
4 months ago

Custom-made dolls bring smiles to the children of health care heroes

A Toronto-based company is mailing free, custom-made crochet dolls to children, designed to look just like their health care moms and dads.
4 months ago

Victoria long-term care facility created an ice-cream drive-thru for residents

With trips out into the community not possible during COVID-19, staff at Aberdeen Hospital found a fun way to safely bring frozen desserts to residents.
4 months ago

Creative Ottawa teacher engages students during pandemic

Nadia Amimi has worn a different costume every day for the past ten weeks while hosting trivia for children.
4 months ago

Canadian comedians to unite for a livestream in support of Frontline Fund

Laughs for the Front will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 8pm EST and will feature such noted comedians as Tom Green and Tommy Chong.
4 months ago

Mother reunited with baby after testing positive for COVID-19 during labour

Montreal mother met her son for a first time nearly two months after giving birth.
4 months ago

VIDEO: Inspired by Toronto group, Calgary doctor created a local physician’s choir

Members have a wide range of singing experience but say it helps them feel connected and eases their worries.
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