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Councillor Corner - Ward 1, Carla Devlin

Posted: March 31, 2021

Councillor Corner
Ward 1 - Carla Devlin

March 12, 2021 marks the 1 year anniversary of the first 3 covid-19 cases announced in Manitoba. The effects that coronavirus has had on our daily lives was rapid and abrupt, not only for adults, but also for our children. Some of us find ourselves in survival mode, finding ways to adapt to our new normal while others, having gone through the adjustment process, are finding comfort in their new norm.

Having 4 children of my own, I can attest to the fact that there have been some challenges as we navigate this pandemic. Learning to balance working from home and the kids’ remote learning has felt impossible at times, not to mention the countless technical woes!

Virtual learning, for one, requires endless patience and can cause stress and anxiety in both kids and parents. And perhaps more than anything, Covid-19 has demanded adaptability. Even for those of us who don’t embrace change so easily, we’ve adapted.

In spite of everything we must remember to care for our mental health and equip our kids with the tools they need to deal with the anxiety resulting from life during a pandemic. For me personally, a brisk walk outdoors can really offer a refreshing change of pace. And with the promise of spring on the horizon, I hope that you too get a chance to experience some of the beautiful walking trails in our municipality.

I’m really happy to be part of a Council who is committed to building a strong community by supporting active recreation that is safe and accessible for all. The recent Active Transportation Connectivity Study was an opportunity for residents to identify areas requiring improvement in relation to trail quality and connectivity. One example of council’s ongoing effort to improve walking/biking paths in East St. Paul is the recent paving of the Marconi Trail from Hoddinott Rd to the City of Winnipeg boundary.

In the spirit of health and wellness, here are a few helpful tips to master the art of working and schooling remotely:
  • Set and keep a schedule; remember to keep personal and professional time separate
  • Location, location, location … create designated areas for work and school
  • Take breaks; set a timer to remind everyone to get up and stretch
  • Get some fresh air
  • Communicate; check-in with family and friends

And finally, as we all continue to adapt to COVID life: "You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf John Kabat-Zinn

Stay safe everyone!


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