This is likely the most uncomfortable piece I've ever written.
In my day-to-day work, I pride myself in being focused on the task at hand, while also keeping the overall vision of the organization paramount.
In working with our partners, funders and community to ensure Ontario Shores is relevant, important and essential in the eyes of our government, the focus has almost always been on innovation, delivering exemplary mental health care and creating the best possible environment for our patients and staff.
Ontario Shores and its Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) is #RisingUp to serve its community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NFS team have been doing things differently since the start of the pandemic. Outpatients have been struggling with meeting their basic everyday needs due to the closure of many soup kitchens and food banks. Those that remain open are facing a short supply and this has negatively impacted the Ontario Shores community.
When it was identified that patients within the community were struggling with securing food, NFS jumped into action.
Our Nutrition and Food Services team posed for this picture last February, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This past weekend was beautiful.
The sun was shining, there was barely any wind, and some restrictions of quarantine were lifted. While most of us chose to stay at home and isolate ourselves in our own backyards, we saw many people flood to parks to escape the prisons of our homes and the awful winter weather we experienced in May.
My first initial reaction when I saw pictures of thousands of people in a Toronto park was to be angry and upset. But as always, I remembered again what I teach, try your best to have empathy for others, as we don’t always know their situation.