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Thank you for showing us what it means to be Canadian. You have inspired us through these stories that highlight incredible acts of kindness, generosity and ingenuity from across the country.

We see thee rise, Canada. And we stand with you.

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October 7 2020

Family and friends of residents at 147 Elder Street are showing their gratitude for the caring, professional staff at this private residential care home for persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in Toronto.

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October 7 2020

Laurel is spreading joy to children on their birthdays while supporting a local charity. She makes custom birthday packages of handmade chocolate, balloons and an optional pool noodle in exchange for donations to the London Food Bank.

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October 7 2020

Learning how to wash hands thoroughly is more important than ever. Kathy created MerrilyWashing.com to help people have fun while learning the WHO method. Merrily’s 1-min demos are in 3 languages and PDFs are free to use and share.

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October 7 2020

Amanda is passionate about helping her community. She’s worked with a local Food Truck to deliver over 2,100 cooked meals to Front-Line workers at the Misericordia Hospital, and led other charitable initiatives.

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October 7 2020

During isolation, Lucy Ruth and her friend Jane Janniere hosted “Zoom Careers in Motion”, a virtual meeting for youth who had questions about being job-ready. Jane is a staffing consultant who stepped up to help!

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October 7 2020

Christopher is so proud of his mother Pauline who’s been making cloth masks and donating them to Moncton Hospital outpatients. She’s donated over 150 masks to date. All this while working full time. Way to go, Pauline!

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October 7 2020

The “Back Pack Project” has helped 100 children from low resource families receive support from nearby businesses in Shawinigan, QC. They now have furniture for school, and brand new shoes from Le Groupe Vincent and Sport Expert.

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October 5 2020

The Downtown Auto Group, in partnership with Il Ponte Restaurant, gave Michael Garron hospital staff 400 $50 gift certificates so they could take a culinary break from their routines during this trying time and beyond.

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October 5 2020

Visiting those who are ill is especially challenging with COVID. To support window visits, the Commercial Financial Services team cleaned all exterior and interior common windows at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie.

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October 5 2020

Ainsley’s 11-year-old niece Anika asked herself how she could help her community during isolation. She created a small business with a charitable intention and was featured in the Oscar, a local paper.

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October 5 2020

Debra and other well wishers held a drive-by baby shower for parents-to-be! Friends and family drove by, said hello, counted balloons for a game and enjoyed some awesome cookies. A great party!

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October 5 2020

Sherrie has raised an incredible $10,000 for charitable organizations in Nova Scotia through the sale of 1,200 cloth face masks. She has made over 10,000 masks completely on her own. Amazing work Sherrie!

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September 28 2020

Parker and Taneal set up a lemonade stand on King Street in Dryden in 30+ degree weather, offering up cold ice tea and freezies. They raised $614, which they donated to the Dryden Food Bank. Amazing community support!

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September 28 2020

With the help of Choices for Youth’s Shelter staff member Glenys Dwyer, shelter youth were able to go outside and do their own cleanup of the grounds, basketball court, and community garden while following safety measures.

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September 28 2020

Michelle is part of a group of almost 800 women on a mission to spread kindness, smiles and wine. They are currently in the process of delivering items to front line workers in Peterborough!

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September 28 2020

When it became clear that non-medical masks would be helpful to slowing the spread of COVID-19, Mari-Lynn Taylor stepped up to produce almost 200 masks for all Choices for Youth staff and youth trainees.

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September 28 2020

Margot’s daughter, fiancé and friend set up a movie night in their apartment building’s courtyard for their neighbours. People brought chairs, watched from their balconies and had a fun evening. Two thumbs up for a great idea!

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September 28 2020

George and his wife Jane bought gift cards from Tim Hortons and passed them out to those working hard during the pandemic, such as food store cashiers, garbage collectors, young people working in the heat and their pharmacist.

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September 28 2020

To reach young people in our most vulnerable communities, Arts Umbrella partnered with Opus Art Supplies to distribute 200+ art kits to families in need. Together, they’re ensuring youth always have access to creativity.

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September 28 2020

Cathy’s friend & colleague Joyce is a skilled nurse and educator and her compassion is described as legendary. Joyce began making masks for the vulnerable during the pandemic. In 2 months she has made and donated 3,000+ masks.

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September 25 2020

Grade 12 student Jagdeo has been buying groceries for people in his apartment building who are unable to get to the store. He’s doing some good while getting to know his neighbours and their stories. Well done, Jagdeo!

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September 25 2020

10 year-old Laila started her business Laila's Lovely Candles during COVID-19. She is donating a percentage of her candle sales to the IWK Foundation and has raised more than $300 so far. Her goal is to donate $1000. Good luck!

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September 8 2020

Donrey’s son took it upon himself to paint rocks and signs with encouraging messages of inspiration. He then went to houses around the neighborhood and left the rocks anonymously to raise the spirits of those in the community.

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September 8 2020

When some high school students realized seniors couldn’t sign each other’s yearbooks at the end of the year, they created Virtrolio, an online yearbook signing service. So far they have over 150 users and counting!

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September 8 2020

The Abbotsford community has raised $59,000 so far to provide a medically safe mobile home for a woman who must move frequently due to air quality issues. She suffers with severe migraines and Primary Immune Deficiency Disease.

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September 8 2020

Carla joined The Sewing Army during lock down and has been making reusable face masks for front line workers, children and seniors in her spare time. She has donated over 250 so far and her goal is to make 1,000. Keep going, Carla!

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September 8 2020

Tony donated masks, disinfectants, temperature probes and PPE to protect thousands of front line TTC workers. Thanks for recognizing and protecting these essential workers Tony!

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August 27 2020

Alicia Woods and the Covergalls Workwear team were inspired to create a campaign directly from the heart. $5 from the sale of each #CanadaStrong mask is donated to long-term care homes in Northern Ontario.

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August 27 2020

Gisella’s father recovered from COVID-19 with the help of healthcare staff at Humber River Hospital. Now she’s raising thousands of dollars for the hospital by picking up garbage along the Humber Trail, $100 for every bag she fills!

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August 26 2020

Jennifer’s friend Marja has completed sixteen (and counting) free portraits of doctors and nurses working at Montreal’s MUHC hospital ER department. It’s her tribute to their amazing work.

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August 26 2020

Thirteen-year-old Madison is hoping to lessen the burden of COVD-19 in her community by turning her bookshelf into a porch pantry filled with canned food, crackers, diapers, hand sanitizer and other essential goods for all to enjoy!

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August 26 2020

Veronica recently lost a friend who took his own life. In this video, she and her horse Lola offer words of support to those who are fighting through hard times. She welcomes messages from anyone who needs help.

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August 26 2020

Derrick and Stacy bring baked goods, boxed barbecue lunches and bottled beverages to the city’s excavating workers during coffee breaks. This crew of 30 is grateful for the weekly treat!

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August 24 2020

Canadian Blood Services has an ongoing need for blood, stem cells, plasma, organ and tissue donors. With donor numbers down during the pandemic, this RBC team stepped up to save lives by donating blood together.

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August 24 2020

Indigenous artist Anna Camilleri is turning heads with her public art installation through the STEPS Initiative. “Becoming” is a visual land acknowledgement featuring over 200 glass bottles with items collected from the Don River.

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August 24 2020

Jennifer Watson and her son found a way to thank frontline workers right in their own backyard. They painted unique rocks with messages of hope and shared them with others in their community of Alexandria, Ontario. Beautiful work!

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August 24 2020

Youth in Corner Brook, NL have taken the initiative to spread smiles around the city by posting beautiful signs with positive messages in busy areas. You can spot them all over town!

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August 24 2020

77-year old Diane has baked and delivered many care packages for her elderly church friends. By sharing her talents she has brought so much joy to the community. Thanks Diane!

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August 24 2020

Beth made baskets for residents of the Assisted Living facility in Melfort to cheer them up during locked down and let them know that they are still cared for. Thanks for thinking of our seniors, Beth!

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August 24 2020

Bailey Grose started Hearts of Prince George as an initiative to bring happiness to her community. After posting about it on Facebook, the movement went viral, becoming a trend around the world. Now that’s spreading joy!

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August 24 2020

The Dundas SeaHawks is a Special Olympics swim team in Dundas, Ontario. Not deterred by COVID-19, Janet got the team together by zoom weekly and arranged a virtual year end banquet. Go team!

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August 24 2020

Heather and her family have stepped up to help those managing through COVID-19. Her sister is a nurse supporting those who have tested positive and her mother has been making masks for RBC staff. Thanks for your kindness!

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August 24 2020

Dylan Lock has brightened Saturday evenings since March with his weekly COVID Driveway Concert. 2000+ International viewers tune in Saturdays 7-8 pm. The concerts have raised more than $40 000 for Frontline workers.

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August 24 2020

When in Kenya in 2018 Darlene became friends with a Maasai Warrior who recently shared how his village was struggling to get food due to COVID-19. She quickly raised and sent $550, which fed 150 the village elders.

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August 24 2020

George and family began collecting empties on their driveway to raise money for the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The community rallied and they raised over $8500. Way to go!

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August 24 2020

When COVID-19 hit, Monique’s son started cooking with his wife and daughters to provide meals for anyone in need of help, even enlisting a commercial kitchen and delivery system to expand the initiative’s reach.

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August 24 2020

To address rising food scarcity in vulnerable communities, two friends, Tara and Angie, started Tuna Tuesday in London, Ontario to provide homemade sandwiches to the homeless.

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August 24 2020

Sandi Knight made her first face mask on March 28, 2020 and she has continued to sew every day since. To date, she has made and donated 1823 face masks to her community. Great job Sandi!

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August 24 2020

Katheren Szabo is a senior with compromised health, but that hasn’t stopped her from helping others during the pandemic. She’s making beautiful face masks for her friends and neighbours and handing them out for free!

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August 17 2020

The Georgian Bay Spirit Co. switched production to meet the new demand for hand sanitizer. Working with distilling partners, they’ve manufactured and donated 25,000 bottles to more than 70 organizations.

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August 17 2020

The 519 transformed its operations in the wake of COVID-19 to continue its support for Toronto’s LGBTQ2S communities and Downtown East. In normal times, The 519 offers in-person services such as counselling, drop-in programs and opportunities

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August 17 2020

New Canadians Shikha and Raman have donated 1,000 meals to the needy in Moncton during the pandemic through three organizations that work with vulnerable populations. Shikha says it’s just a ‘small token’ of kindness.

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August 17 2020

When COVID struck, teacher Janaya worried about her students. Knowing that many children rely on food at school, she took it upon herself to make free food bags to ensure local children were still being fed.

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August 17 2020

Sudhir and his daughter Isha bought groceries, face masks, hand soap and sanitizers to send to several communities, including Yellowknife. They paid the shipping costs and organized volunteers to hand out the groceries and PPE.

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August 11 2020

Dockside Bistro has been unable to open, but has been delivering free meals every Thursday to people who can’t get out. Residents and other businesses have started supporting them by sending donations to keep them going.

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August 10 2020

Karin’s quintet, Ventus Machina, has been performing socially distanced shows at nursing homes and senior’s residences throughout the summer. Thanks for bringing joy to our seniors, Karin!

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August 10 2020

Haircuts were in high demand after lockdown ended. New Minas Head Shoppe master stylist Kathy Alyward contacted her first responder and health care clients for the first appointments, to show her appreciation for their efforts.

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August 10 2020

The RBC MiltonONE Community came together to raise over $500. On July 3, partnering with a local RBC business owner, they delivered 35 large pizzas to 125 frontline staff members. Thank you Faizan Malik for your leadership. Incredible!

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August 10 2020

Matt’s 9-year-old son Jayden wanted to do something nice for first responders. Using saved birthday money and allowance, he bought coffee and doughnuts for firefighters and RCMP, and pet food for the local SPCA.

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August 10 2020

Kristina’s friends Karen and Nick made birdhouse kits for the kids in the community so they could build and paint for no cost. They have also been making masks throughout the pandemic. Thanks for your kindness!

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August 10 2020

Jennifer started a Facebook group to support local businesses in Brantford/Brant county. The idea is to promote businesses by posting a photo of a visited business with #brantforddelivers on Facebook.

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August 10 2020

Dartmouth Teacher Tim Coombs has been using 3D printers to make ear relief devices for frontline workers who wear masks for long periods. He and his wife have been printing them 24 hours a day and have made over 24,000 so far.

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August 10 2020

Sandra’s father-in-law was diagnosed with acute cancer. Living in Palm Springs he wanted to come home, so Sandra and her husband drove through Canada and the U.S. to pick him up. Her amazing book club has been making dinner for them to help out.

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August 10 2020

Hua Yu and Sherry Zhang, founders of WeWorkingWomen, gathered and donated medical supplies to Wuhan in February. In May, they raised funds through a livestream event for Yee Hong Senior Housing.

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August 10 2020

To help make a difference in their community, Cayleigh’s family has created Courage Kits. The kits come with custom colouring books, activities to inspire hope and courage, crayons and matching parent/child courage bracelets.

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August 5 2020

When Sharon Rice began thinking of ways to thank frontline workers, she thought first of the long days they spend on their feet. Hoping to introduce a little luxury to their lives, she donated 100 of her Signature Pedicures.

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August 5 2020

The Veteran Association Food Bank and Thrift Store in Calgary has seen a 400-500% increase in the need for support during the pandemic. The community responded with a Veteran Drive, gathering 18 pallets of food and household items.

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August 4 2020

Kim and Kathie are among the many staff members at their hospital who have been reassigned to care for patients with COVID-19. To help boost morale, they’ve made 100 rehabilitation resiliency kits for their colleagues.

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August 4 2020

To entertain kids and lessen the boredom of social isolation for everyone, Robbie Griffiths has been walking the streets of Paradise, Newfoundland dressed as Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man.

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August 4 2020

When you purchase a Wonderkind Frontline Care Bag for an essential worker, you’re also supporting small, female-founded businesses across Canada. Each bag is filled with Canadian made products. A perfect way to say thank you!

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August 4 2020

Every year the children of Montreal’s Camp Cameron take time to give back to their community. This year the camp partnered with the organic catering service at Talents 123 to provide a special lunch for nurses. Great job kids!

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August 4 2020

Every Sunday, the residents of the Island Park Retirement Residences in Cambellford, Ontario come together to sing the national anthem. For thirteen consecutive weeks, they’ve been dressing in red and waving their national flags proudly!

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August 4 2020

For months, Beverley has been handing out thank you cards to truck drivers in her hometown of Chatham, Ontario. Her goal? To recognize their contribution to the supply chain as they carry essential goods across Canada.

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August 4 2020

Thanks to Liz, Anika, Sonoka, Romina, Maria, Olivia and Beverly of the RBC NextGen Toronto Employee Resource Group for offering to craft facemasks for two charities: Better Living Health and Community Services and St. Felix Centre.

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August 4 2020

Jane is a support worker in the emergency department in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She does her job with pride, working on behalf of her patients, family and friends even as she faces challenges to her own health and wellbeing.

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August 4 2020

Alberta Fire & Flood has donated thousands of masks and hand sanitizer to retirement residences and shelters over the course of the pandemic, delivering these protective supplies to parking lots and employee homes for free.

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August 4 2020

Laura and her colleagues delivered 86 meals to front line workers at Stratford General Hospital this summer by partnering with two local businesses: Demetre’s Family Restaurant and Ramshackle Industries Restaurant Group.

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August 4 2020

When the roughly 60 members of the RBC Next Generation Optimization Team decided to give back during social isolation, they made kindness their goal. They wanted to show appreciation for as many groups and individuals as possible, in ways both

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August 4 2020

Steve Diguer is using music to fight loneliness and isolation during the lockdown. His online gathering, “Battle of the #1 Hits,” invites participants to vote on their favourite song in a theme. He’s even hosted a flash mob!

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August 4 2020

After doing many T-Rex birthday walk-bys for adults and kids, a woman asked Ron if he could do a show for her 102 year old dad and other veterans and staff at Parkwood Hospital in London. The result was is the T-Rex lawn bowling!

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July 31 2020

The talented in-house wardrobe staff at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has pivoted from creating costumes to sewing non-medical masks, donating more than 1000 to the Winnipeg Boldness Project for distribution to those in need.

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July 31 2020

Quesada Tacos and Burritos Kenora launched the Food With Thought program in Kenora, Ontario to fight hunger and loneliness during the pandemic. Residents simply purchase a bracelet for someone in need to be exchanged for a warm meal.

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July 31 2020

The Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre has made over 2300 meals for frontline workers and residents of community shelters since the pandemic began, including 1000 vegetarian meals to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s birthday.

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July 31 2020

Waterways was planning its first season of paddling instruction for 1000 Indigenous youth in Manitoba when COVID-19 hit. Now, with permission to run a small camp, they’re finally connecting with youth on the water.

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July 31 2020

Melanie and her mother have made over 1700 face masks and given most of them to individuals in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Mississippi, Connecticut and Spain. They have also mailed over 400 to the Navajo and Hopi Nations.

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July 31 2020

Cheryl and Jess, two North Vancouver mothers, have raised over $1,000 so far, selling car decals that thank front line workers for their service. Money raised goes to two agencies that are helping those in need. Order a Decal Here

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July 31 2020

10,000 volunteers across Windsor Essex County set a new world record, collecting over 2 million pounds of food items for local food banks. As a result of their efforts, 28,000 families will have food for a year.

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July 31 2020

Diani started Queens of Hearts to help single mothers struggling with food. When a single parent is referred, they receive a box fruit, vegetables, meat, and anything else they need. It’s a small donation-based group with a big heart!

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July 30 2020

Rekha chose to give instead of receive on her birthday this year, raising funds through social media to support mental health. Inspired by her own health challenges, she hopes to help others who may be suffering due to COVID-19.

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July 30 2020

A group of 4 teens, part of the Village of Fillmore Volunteer program and RBC Future Launch, painted the windows of a local nursing home with uplifting messages to celebrate front line staff and bring joy to its residents. Thanks team!

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July 30 2020

As a gay man living with HIV Michael Wu was looking for a place to feel safe. He arrived in Canada as a refugee in 2019. Despite being new to Canada he contributes to many AIDS organizations and volunteers in the community.

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July 30 2020

Sergio has been helping newcomers for years. Since arriving in Canada with his wife, 3 kids and $3,000 in 2010, he has tried to inspire others to make a positive impact. He has been volunteering at various organizations since 2011.

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July 30 2020

What do you get when you cross an avid quilter with a caring and compassionate person? Kendra’s friend has not stopped making masks for sure people who can’t buy them. She is a true inspiration!

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July 30 2020

Maharaj arrived in Edmonton in Feb. 2020. While searching for work, COVID shut everything down. He instead looked for ways to help and found the John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights. He has been volunteering since April.

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July 30 2020

Jeff runs the Porch Food Bank – a place where the community can drop of non-perishable items in labeled bins and take what they need. It’s on the porch 24/7 and maintained by Jeff, his staff and customers at Film.Ca Cinemas.

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July 30 2020

The closing of the beloved Spencer House due to the pandemic led Sarah, one of the Centre's prior members, to suggest a safe distancing picnic in Halifax's Public Gardens to get the gang back together. Thanks Sarah!

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July 30 2020

Tia, who is a Canadian Inuk living in the Arctic, spent her time during the COVID-19 pandemic making beaded necklaces for friends and family. Thanks Tia – Canada needs homemade beauty now more than ever!

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July 30 2020

Tina’s son Jackson has been performing virtually (piano, voice, guitar) throughout the pandemic, bringing music to people across North America. His posts have reached over 6,000 views. Thanks for keeping the music going!

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July 30 2020

Last month after work, Jenny went grocery shopping. While in line to be let in, she was asked by an elderly man to buy him milk and bread. Jenny didn’t hesitate and helped out during his time of need.

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July 30 2020

Kimberly’s friend Christine has made 589 masks and given them away for free to anyone who needs one. She has supplied their community and many of Kimberly’s friends, asking for nothing in return. Thanks Christine!

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July 30 2020

Erica’s 12-year old daughter was given a gift card by a local busker to buy ice cream. Delighted, she bought the ice cream and left the money she would have used under a nearby bench for a stranger to discover and enjoy.

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July 30 2020

Kindergarteners have been spreading kindness around their community by making and delivering kindness rocks, making thank you cards for essential workers, delivering flowers for neighbours and making masks for nurses.

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July 24 2020

Every Saturday, aLuMni (Randy, Lisa, Sheryl, Nick) performs for seniors at Shepherd Village, where Sheryl and Lisa’s mothers live. Their mothers and all the other residents watch out their windows and the community loves them!

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July 23 2020

During the lockdown, Maria couldn’t stop thinking about all the kids who had to spend most of their time in apartments. She got games and crafts to make things a bit more fun for kids to be inside. Thanks for your kindness Maria!

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July 23 2020

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has made over 1800 masks for Winnipeg groups including the newcomer women living next door at The House of Peace in downtown Winnipeg. Communities are stronger when we dance together!

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July 23 2020

North Queens Fire Association received money to purchase 100 x $10 gift cards to pass out to seniors in our community. They have helped bring a little joy to the residents of 50 homes in the area. Thanks for your generosity!

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July 23 2020

Breanda’s niece Natalie is a single mother. Knowing moms couldn’t get necessities for their babies because nobody could watch their children during the pandemic, she would buy diapers and baby food and leave it on the porch.

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July 23 2020

The C5 agencies in Edmonton have developed a Community Pantry Program to support those who need help feeding their families during the pandemic. Over 300 families have been provided with hampers of fresh food and necessities.

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July 21 2020

Jim Cooke and his family took a vacation to the Philippines on March 6th. Within a week of arrival, they were locked down for 98 days in some of the world’s toughest lockdown protocols. A curfew was put in place and only one person from each

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July 21 2020

Jennifer fills her Boredom Buster Bins with activities for all ages such as workbooks, games, toys, books and crafts. She puts them out each day on her front lawn and people take what they want or donate back.

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July 21 2020

Lois’ son JD, who has Down Syndrome, has been painting and mailing cards to family and friends. He has sent 200+ cards as far as Russia, Slovenia, England, Alberta, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Virginia, New Jersey, and all over Ontario.

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July 21 2020

Tina, who has noticed an increase in foot traffic on her street, decided to put a new joke in her window every day to provide some joy. She has posted each joke on Facebook to brighten the days of friends far and wide!

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July 21 2020

Cheryl, a former 911 dispatcher, has raised over $1,000 so far, selling car decals that thank front line workers for their service. Money raised goes to two agencies that are helping those in need.

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July 21 2020

Sherry and her husband love to connect with their community through food. They have cooked up some Moose Chili and shared it with their 10 COVID friends, and handed out honey to passers by. What’s Moose Chili? Recipe please!

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July 21 2020

As a way to help Canadian workers in need of PPE, Lucille began sewing cloth masks and scrub caps. Over 1,000 masks and 460 scrub caps have been donated to frontline workers, community members, food banks and dental staff.

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July 20 2020

To bring joy to front line workers, Amy Meunch, owner of Cake Babes in Dartmouth started Cupcakes for Heroes. For a $10 donation, she will match it 2 to 1 and deliver $20 worth of cupcakes to workers. Often, she’ll give even more.

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July 20 2020

Albert’s mom Debby has made over 1,000 face masks. She makes them all for free, donating the masks to restaurants, thrift stores, police and fire departments and even pubs. Everyone gets one. Amazing work Debby!

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July 20 2020

Michelle’s daughter Keara creates activity bags for kids in need. Through her Facebook page Keara’s Kauses she has been able to help over 100 kids so far. She also buys everything in the community to support local business.

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July 20 2020

Linda has been keeping up with seniors in her community, regularly checking in and encouraging them to join zoom calls. She and others even helped a couple get a computer and WiFi so they could stay connected with others.

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July 20 2020

Volunteers at the Active Adult Centre in Mississauga prepare and distribute COVID Care Kits for seniors in the community. The Centre has also created a virtual village and fitness classes, and social programs for free.

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July 20 2020

Christine’s 15-year-old daughter bought 20 stuffies to give to sick children at the local Children’s Hospital. She hopes her anonymous gift brought a smile and some hope to kids who needed it.

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July 20 2020

On Mother’s Day Chantel’s daughters bundled lilacs and set them out for free. Unfortunately they were all taken at once. Chris Stanley, a kind stranger, more than made up for it by building an amazing lemonade stand for the girls!

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July 20 2020

When Brenda’s daughter heard that nursing homes weren’t allowing visitors, she spent her March Break making cards for the residents of the local home. She later began selling baking to buy art supplies for them too!

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July 14 2020

Montreal-North was hit hard by the pandemic and became in a few weeks the epicenter of the crisis. In order to curb the chain of transmission in the neighborhood while supporting essential workers, the Hoodstock Collective decided to act without

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July 14 2020

Thanks to Jewlr, Canadians can thank a hero with a sterling silver shield pendant. Proceeds are donated to The Frontline Fund, which provides supplies and research funding to Canadian hospital foundations dealing with COVID-19.

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July 14 2020

Astrid Arumae founded Outremont COVID-19 Help Foundation to support seniors and those with chronic health conditions who can’t get out during the health crisis. With the help of over 60 volunteers, the foundation shops for groceries and

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July 14 2020

In response to COVID-19, restaurateur Susie started a tote bag fundraiser to support small businesses affected by the pandemic. 100% of profits go towards a grant program. So far, they have been able to help 7 businesses with a grant.

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July 12 2020

As a member of the Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak in Nelson, BC, Sheila Hart has co-chaired a small but dedicated committee that has sewn over 570 masks for social service agencies in the area. Keep up the great work, Sheila!

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July 12 2020

16-year old Rebecca bakes sugar cookies and donates them to women living in poverty in her community. She donates the comforting treats to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Emergency Shelter in Vancouver.

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July 12 2020

When COVID-19 hit, Ashley’s mom Liz – a retired RBC employee – made cloth masks for all the staff in the Palliative Unit at ARH. She sewed over 150 masks in a matter of weeks, which she gave away for free.

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July 12 2020

Bradley East’s porch portraits have brought light to families, healthcare workers and hospital patients during self-isolation. He takes the portraits for free, but accepts donations for the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation.

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July 12 2020

To counter domestic violence during COVID-19, LUX Carnival has collaborated with White Ribbon To date, they have reached a pledge of $5,000 to fund training, counseling, and retainer fees for legal help.

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July 12 2020

Sania makes paper flowers for her co-workers on the front lines to cheer them up. Thank you for brightening the days of our essential workers, Sania!

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July 12 2020

In the checkout line, an elderly man in front of Steve was taking a while to pay. Irritated at first, Steve realized the man was $2.28 short and feeling stressed. Steve stepped in to cover the bill. Thanks for helping, Steve!

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July 12 2020

Over 2200 people have come together to support the Whitby/Brooklin community. They buy people groceries, drive them to appointments and raise money for food agencies. They also do wellness checks for seniors and give people hope!

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July 12 2020

Valérie is a university law teacher who really wanted to give a helping hand during the summer. She supports her community by cleaning the senior residents’ rooms while she’s on vacation.

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July 10 2020

The group #SEWNSAVE recognized the most vulnerable in our society were facing challenges accessing face masks. They have sewn and delivered over 2,000 masks so far. Thanks for making a difference! Facebook@MapleMask

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July 10 2020

When Mark and his sister-in-law Erin realized summer camps would likely be cancelled, they launched Backyard Camp. A free daily e-newsletter, Backyard Camp provides parents with suggested activities to help keep kids active and engaged.

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July 10 2020

Chenai’s friend Kim wanted to brighten up people’s days during lockdown. She created a free weekly online trivia quiz that connected people from all over North America. Thanks for the diversion, Kim!

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Cycling for a good cause
July 10 2020

On June 21, I participated in the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie by cycling over 20 km in overwhelming heat. With the pandemic, everybody did their own challenge separately and registered their activities on the official website. Challenge met!

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July 10 2020

Healthcare heroes inspired Burstyn Inc. to create Feel Good Flowers thanking frontline workers with large-scale floral art at 18 Toronto hospitals. The initiative is also raising funds for hospitals with 100% of donations going to COVID-19

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July 10 2020

Lisa’s mom has made over 130 caps for nurses and crocheted hearts to keep families connected. We are in this together, and together we will come out with appreciation of the love for our family and friends. Thanks Mom!

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July 10 2020

Our York Mills RBC team packed and delivered over 100 "thank you" snacks to our health care providers in Sunnybrook, Humber River Hospital and Runnymede Healthcare Centre. We are truly grateful to these selfless heroes!

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Sweet treats for dedicated people
July 10 2020

My sister, Line Jacob, works directly with patients with COVID-19. We took the initiative to offer her and 3 nurses a special day to thank and spoil them. Massage, candies, sparkling wine, hairdresser, facial...

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A Big Thank You
July 10 2020

Christian’s team and a popular restaurant visited an elderly care home that was affected by Covid-19. To express their gratitude for the remarkable care this home gave to the elderly, they treated them to lunch.

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Giving Hope Through Stem Cell Donation
July 10 2020

Stephanie’s son Ryan is a regular blood donor, and had agreed to be a stem cell donor should the need arise. It recently did, and 23-year old Ryan donated stem cells through a seven hour procedure.

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Support For Working Parents
July 10 2020

Allison started a networking group for working moms 2 years ago. When the pandemic hit, she sourced employment lawyers, accountants, therapists & EI specialists to support working parents for free. The group is now 4,000+!

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Food for families
July 10 2020

Fatima Da Silva of Nourish Cowichan Society normally prepares meals for kids in school. When COVID hit, she local teachers and bus drivers began delivering weekly hampers to nearly 500 families in the Cowichan Valley. Thanks Fatima!

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July 10 2020

When the schools closed due to COVID-19, Aruna worried about kids missing out on their school breakfast program. She ran a healthy meal initiative and so far has served 16,000 meals to kids in need with the help of volunteers.

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July 10 2020

Big Bike Giveaway is a husband and wife duo who collect, repair and donate free bikes for people in the community. During COVID they gave free bikes to Essential Workers so they could get to work safely.

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July 10 2020

Punam’s prayer group has provided groceries to over 525 families, while she and her husband both donate and deliver food to families in need. Your work is making a real difference, Punam!

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July 9 2020

Neighbours Ross, George and Ed created a giant white heart, which is visible from Highway 102 in N.S. The heart, named Valery, is a tribute to frontline workers. The trio hope drivers will honk to show their support.

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Sidewalk Art
July 9 2020

Mike Keindel’s wife Laurie does sidewalk chalk art to life the community’s spirits in Devon. Keep brightening the day, Laurie!

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Famous Fudge for Neighbours
July 9 2020

Debbie Ottley realized she could make her famous fudge and deliver it to friends and neighbours. So far, she has given away more than 100 packages, delivered with a smile and reminder they are not forgotten.

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Gifts for Seniors
July 8 2020

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan delivered care packages to seniors in Regina on June 18. Several more were shipped throughout Saskatchewan. The packages included stationery items, hand soap strips, treats, tea and a $10 gift card.

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The Sky’s The Limit: How Nolinor Aviation Found Ways to Give Back During COVID
July 6 2020

While many industries across the globe have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the airline industry has been one of the hardest hit. Despite the impact the pandemic was having on business, Nolinor Aviation found a way to step up

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Keeping a cool head and a warm heart, to help the community move forward
July 6 2020

Faced with the urgency of setting up screening clinics for COVID-19 during the pandemic, William and Jonathan Trudel, RBC clients and real estate developers, had the bright and ambitious idea to convert an abandoned garage into a pop-up clinic.

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A Magisterial Achievement
July 6 2020

During the pandemic, three RBC partners and clients rolled up their sleeves and pivoted all their company’s efforts into assembling visors to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19. A hugely inspiring example of teamwork.

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July 4 2020

Shannon and team of The Shack Fitness Studio in Selkirk, MB have shown resilience and creativity so members could remain physically and mentally motivated with free live streamed and outdoor classes.

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Finding a way to help
July 4 2020

Geraldine wanted to help others. In the spirit of giving, she made masks and handed them out for free to transit drivers, hospital workers, seniors and everyone in her building. Thanks for making a difference Geraldine!

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Everyone Eats
July 4 2020

Everyone Eats is a not-for-profit initiative developed in response to increasing food insecurity, nutrition insecurity and food waste. Their mission is to provide quality, nutritious meals at a price point that everyone can afford.

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July 3 2020

The pandemic gave me the opportunity to make my 19th blood donation. This time, when the needs are greater than ever to help save lives, I went there with my daughter to answer the call from Héma-Québec.

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Gift for Life
July 3 2020

My grandmother decided to sew masks to keep busy during the lockdown. In addition to providing protective equipment to those who made the request, she donated all the benefits to the Fondation de ma vie. www.lequotidien.com

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Teaching Kids About the Coronavirus
July 3 2020

Loukia Zigoumis wrote and published a children’s book titled “Together, Apart: Life During the Coronavirus", illustrated by best-selling artist Katerina Mertikas. Proceeds are going to CHEO and Kids Help Phone.

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Personalized Rocks
July 3 2020

Liz’s daughter Grace personalized a painted rock for every resident in the building near their home. The residents were very pleased with their gifts and the visit that along with it. Thanks for spreading the joy Grace!

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July 3 2020

Paula French has taken her vocal talents to a long-term care home in Hamilton, where she serenades them from outside their windows. The residents have been in lockdown since March. Thanks for brightening the days, Paula!

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Ear Savers For Frontline Workers
July 3 2020

When the family business shut down due to COVID, Lorraine and her husband decided to help frontline workers. They retooled their business and started donating mask holders – so far over 6,500 donated across Canada!

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Food Bank Deliveries
July 3 2020

Sarah Bewley has been picking up groceries from friends and neighbours and delivering them to the local food bank, which has been struggling during the pandemic. She’s off to do another delivery! Thanks Sarah.

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July 3 2020

Michelle and her co-worker noticed an elderly neighbour’s yard was looking neglected. The pair took it upon themselves to get her yard beautiful again. Thanks for making a difference, Michelle.

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Ribbons to Honour Workers
July 3 2020

To honour frontline hospital workers, Edith Marton made almost 300 blue ribbons (the colour of their scrubs) for each of her co-workers in RBC Halton. “Every day they risk their lives so we stay safe.” #gratitude

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Gifts For Essential Workers
July 3 2020

Lisa and her friends and family put together and sponsored 50 mugs packed with goodies – from soup packs to instant oatmeal, granola bars and hot chocolate. They then gave the mugs to essential workers in the community.

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Upholstery Shop Pivots to Masks
July 3 2020

Design JFL is a family upholstery business in Montreal that began producing washable face masks during the lockdown. They distributed the masks for free to the Filipino community and other organizations in their area.

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July 2 2020

When Catharine Shreiber went through chemotherapy, the staff of the oncology unit at Royal Columbian Hospital never wavered in their dedication to her care. She is grateful to them for their courage, sacrifice and generosity.

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Spreading love, one small heart at a time
July 2 2020

Andrea Skakun has crocheted over 700 small hearts and hung them up along the Songhees Walkway by the ocean in Victoria, BC. She started by making them for her own window and then for her family and friends.

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A critical donation
July 2 2020

Graeme Green and 10 of his co-workers heard there was a desperate need for blood during the pandemic. They rolled up their sleeves and donated blood together. Thank you Graeme!

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July 2 2020

Manojkumar Choudhary is proud to be serving the community by delivering food to homeless individuals. Food is prepared by RBC chefs and all deliveries are made by bicycle. Thanks Manojkumar!

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July 2 2020

Kinette Club of Edmonton members completed over 100 Random Acts of Kindness to celebrate 100 Years of Service. Acts included buying lunches, shoveling snow, buying coffee, and leaving inspiring messages for others.

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Des protège-oreilles pour les petits commerçants
July 2 2020

Sandy Pepler made 100 earguards for her daughter’s co-workers, as masks were taking their toll. Thanks Sandy!

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Virtual Healing
July 2 2020

Alene Norris is trying to keep her business, Dragonfly Touch, running through COVID. A healing professional, she has been doing Self Care Sundays via Facebook, and other healing through Zoom. Online donations have helped her keep working.

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July 2 2020

"During confinement, we visited the elderly with our mobile stage, Mixbus, to bring comfort through music. These performances were given in front of various senior residences and ended up giving us as much joy as we gave them!”

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June 30 2020

Tina’s team along with other colleagues have contributed $1,700 to a Montreal food depot. A donation of $100 is equivalent to $300 worth of food, so this donation is equates to $5,100 dollars of food for the community!

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Going above and beyond just work
June 30 2020

Kathy’s RBC client is doing exceptional work during the pandemic. As a healthcare worker, he is helping his patients after their cardiac surgery and in addition to this, he’s volunteered to help a senior couple deliver meals and groceries.

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Good to be Good
June 25 2020

This Women's Relief Fund serves black, BIPOC, visible minority womxn, and their families who have or are experiencing poverty, economic inequities, gender-based violence, homelessness, and marginalization. www.goodtobegood.ca

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June 25 2020

NL Eats is a community-driven food bank that focuses on helping individuals affected by the pandemic get access to essential food items. Through the pandemic, they have been bringing the community together and promoting important causes.

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June 25 2020

Fireweed represents strength, renewal and regrowth. Through the Fireweed Heroes project, which began in Dawson City, Yukon, people are encouraged to bead fireweed flower pins and gift them to frontline workers in their community.

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June 25 2020

While buying groceries, Andrew witnessed an elderly person struggling to figure out payment while the store wasn’t taking cash. She was getting upset, so Andrew stepped in to pay her grocery bill on her behalf. Such a caring gesture!

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June 25 2020

Early in the pandemic, education assistant Bonnie Bill was checking in on her students. Before the day was over, she took supplies from her kitchen pantry and delivered to students in need.

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June 25 2020

Abbey Tran was an extraordinary young girl. Beyond her passion for typical childhood pursuits – hockey, baseball, art, rainbows – Abbey was involved in social justice and loved helping others. When she passed away unexpectedly in 2018, her

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Lethbridge artist brightens streets
June 22 2020

Catharine’s friend Brittany has been bringing colour to the Lethbridge community throughout the pandemic. Her colourful cartoon images are brightening up streets, and hearts, throughout the city.

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500 mask adapters and counting
June 22 2020

Erika and her fiancé have been 3D printing mask adapters for frontline workers and others in need. So far, they have printed over 500 adapters to be donated locally and across Canada. Thanks Erika!

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Flowers for seniors
June 22 2020

Henrietta Mulder made a lot of seniors happy – while supporting local businesses – by sending flowers to two local nursing homes. Thanks for brightening someone’s day, Henrietta!

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June 22 2020

One of Monique’s supper club friends is battling cancer. She mentioned she was craving Monique’s spinach dip appetizer – so Monique made a triple batch and dropped it at her door. They met virtually to enjoy the dip together.

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10,000 masks donated
June 19 2020

Since March, Sharmi has donated over 10,000 home-stitched masks to agencies such as the City of Toronto, Scarborough Health Network, Michael Garron Hospital, truck drivers, long-term care homes and more. https://t.co/55oFyi3FPH

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Equipping young artists
June 15 2020

With camps cancelled this summer, Thompson wants to get arts supplies to kids. He is raising money to donate 1000 sidewalk chalk boxes by summer’s end. His goal is to raise $30,000. Keep it up Thompson!

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June 15 2020

Jerilynn’s friend Sandy has seen more than 900 plays. When COVID hit she started sewing masks. Her goal: 1 mask for every play. She gives them to members of the arts community and only asks for a donation to an arts group in return.

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June 15 2020

Suzanne’s daughter Rachael, age 5, reads horse books and records the videos to a GoFundMe page and YouTube channel. So far she’s raised $2,285, helping 6 local barns cover feed and healthcare costs for horses. Way to go Rachael! Save the horses

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June 15 2020

Niagara Trailers found a way to help front-line health workers isolate from their families while staying close to home. They have donated 41 RV units to healthcare staff in the Niagara region.

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June 15 2020

Nova Scotia Spirit Company wanted to give back to hospitality staff who had lost work due to COVID-19. They sent out a $50 bill and a voucher for a 6-pack of their vodka-soda product to 1,000 affected workers. Now that’s a big tip!

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Feeding Toronto’s Hungry
June 10 2020

Steve Kidron knows what it’s like to be hungry. So when community groups in Toronto began closing due to COVID, he felt compelled to help. He created Kitchen 24, which has provided over 30,000 meals to those in need so far.

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June 5 2020

RBC is supporting client Jane Tran and other local businesses as they find creative ways to provide delicious, healthy food to the community. Finding there is strength in numbers, Tran and others formed 852 Curbside Collective.

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June 5 2020

Bridgette Lord was working as a front line nurse at an Assessment Centre when she contracted COVID-19. To show their appreciation, RBC and Bryan & Sarah Baeumler conspired to give her an amazing surprise.

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June 5 2020

Thanks to community donations, The Goods is able to make and deliver healthy, wholesome food to people in need, including residents of L’Arche Toronto. RBC is proud to make a donation to L’Arche to support them through this time.

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June 5 2020

Musical artist Domanique Grant, in collaboration with Jamii Esplanade, sang messages of hope and optimism to the self-isolating residents of a Toronto neighbourhood. RBC was proud to support Jamii with a $5,000 donation.

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June 5 2020

In early May, Ausra’s neighbour turned 80, but of course couldn’t celebrate her big day with friends. Ausra’s birthday was the next day, so they toasted each other with a glass of wine from across the hall. Happy birthday ladies!

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June 5 2020

These RBCers started “Feed it Forward,” a campaign to help feed Toronto’s hungry. Every $1 raised goes to buying a hot meal for someone in need. With a 12X increase in food insecurity, they are making a big difference. Thanks guys!

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A note of thanks
June 5 2020

RBCers are doing their part, delivering groceries to the vulnerable via the Good Neighbourhood Project. One elderly man got groceries a few times and gave Flora a thank you note from his daughter. Together, we’re making a difference!

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June 5 2020

Photographer and RBC client Max Rosenstein has been capturing images of friends and neighbours in isolation. Both the experience and the photos offer a sense of comfort and connection to people otherwise feeling alone.

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Messages of inspiration
June 5 2020

Ruth is a friend of Alex’s mother, who has taken it upon herself to paint rocks with inspirational messages. She leaves them in the gardens of her neighbours to brighten up their days. Thanks for a little extra colour Ruth!

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Adopting ducklings
June 5 2020

With schools closed, farms that normally supply ducks to classrooms are looking for families to foster their ducklings. Some of Sara’s friends have adopted ducks to keep their kids entertained. Great news for kids and ducks alike!

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May 26 2020

Over the long weekend, Beatrice made and delivered sandwiches to 6 St. Joseph House, a place of hospitality helping homeless individuals in Toronto. Many have no place to go now, due the risks of packed shelters. Thanks for your kindness, Beatrice.

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May 26 2020

On Friday nights, Michael and his family visit their neighbours on their driveways. His son Max always performs a few songs he’s been working on. The “Friday Night Live” acts are a fun way to stay connected with the community!

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Spreading Colour and Joy
May 26 2020

Near Carolyn’s home, a family leaves brightly painted rocks outside, which contain messages of hope and joy. Passersby are encouraged to take or leave a rock. It’s a reminder you can bring joy to someone’s day, even from afar!

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Giving What She Can
May 26 2020

Nancy has always been a regular blood donor, and during this time the need is especially high. With Canadian Blood Services introducing new safety measures, Nancy has kept on giving and encourages others to do so. Thanks Nancy!

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Parents Doing Their Part
May 26 2020

Whether it’s performing Facebook concerts or sewing masks, Jason’s parents have inspired him: “While some fight for toilet paper, these two would give the shirts off their backs for people in need.” Thanks Rob and Marina!

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Protecting Our Heroes
May 26 2020

Thank you Lorraine for making hundreds of masks and caps for those in need. Your words say it all: “I will never forget the ICU nurses, doctors, PSW’s, and mums who are desperately trying to get PPE for their at-risk children.”

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May 26 2020

Patrick is proud of his friend Jordan who is bottling hand sanitizer and offering it to those in need at no cost through www.handsan.ca. With over $31,000 in donations, Jordan has delivered over 7,000 bottles so far.

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May 26 2020

Sherri’s mother has organized a sewing group to give SW Manitoba frontline staff the protective equipment they need. So far they’ve made 763 caps, 598 headbands, 198 ear savers and 500 bags to store personal items.

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Visiting for a Friend
May 26 2020

Marie was struggling to keep her elderly parents cared for and entertained while isolating at home, a province over. Her friend Susan found puzzles, made a one-hour trip to drop them off, and stayed to visit at a distance.

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Free face masks for the neighbourhood
May 26 2020

Jill has always been inspired by her mother’s commitment to her community. When COVID-19 hit, 87-year old Olga made 160 face masks and left them on her porch for anyone who needed them. Well done, Olga!

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