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Category: Try Not to Smile

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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.

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.
11 days 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.
20 days 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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.
3 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.
3 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.
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