Category: Try Not to Smile

3 days 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.

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.
10 days 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.
11 days 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month ago

Impromptu quarantine game show raises $15K for local business

Perth local Ryan Murphy’s game, “Car, Car, Truck,” generates silly fun with real community impact.
a month ago

Health care workers share their artistic endeavours on new website

University of Ottawa medical students built the online space Creating through COVID so that health workers from around the world can post and share art inspired by the pandemic.
a month ago

Trio of med students creating digital portraits of health care workers

Echogram, run by three medical students from UBC and U of T, offers hand-drawn portraits in exchange for donations to the Frontline Fund, which supports Canadian hospitals.
a month ago

Toronto violinist helps hospital patients celebrate birthdays

Gemma Donn's virtual performances provide birthday cheer for isolated patients.
2 months ago

Musical bus provides entertainment for isolated seniors

Mixbus Studio is spreading summer cheer on a tour of Quebec's long-term care homes.
2 months ago

Red Deer family builds a special library for tween with autism

11-year-old David Bowie loves the public library, but since it’s closed due to COVID-19, the Schurman family created one he can visit safely.
2 months ago

Facebook group connects Ottawa kids and seniors through art

Group participants build art projects around a weekly theme, which are then delivered to a local long-term care facility.
2 months ago

VIDEO: Emergency room doctors won’t back down from the fight against COVID-19

Docs that Rock, a band composed of Canadian emergency physicians, have created an inspiring video cover of Tom Petty’s classic song.
2 months ago

Canadian designer John Fluevog released a limited edition shoe in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry

The shoes were released for pre-sale on April 23 and sold out within a few hours.
2 months ago

101-year-old man recovers from COVID-19 in the comfort of his own home

Clément Maltais beat the virus without spending a single day in hospital.
2 months ago

Mother-daughter duo created a children's book about the coronavirus

Proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Kids Help Phone.
2 months ago

Hear astronaut Chris Hadfield’s powerful message to Canadian children

Hadfield's reading of his book "The Darkest Dark" for a Toronto children's hospital contains a welcome message of finding beauty in darkness.
2 months ago

Nova Scotia woman pens “love letters” to local care workers

91-year-old Jane Wilkins is showing her appreciation for workers on the front lines during COVID-19 with handwritten cards thanking them for their efforts.
2 months ago

Toronto man bakes over 200 pies for neighbours while in quarantine

"Do what you do, and give it away for free. It'll come back to you, I swear. It's a bad business model on paper, but it works. People are good."
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