Editorial: Important to remain positive during a crisis

Community spirit evident despite COVID-19 situation

Relentless negativity will never be the answer for everything.

Continuing with sentiments we shared last week, it’s important to find the positives amid the current unprecedented COVID-19 situation.

We’re all bombarded with the news every day, seemingly every five minutes if you spend enough time online.

It can certainly be disheartening.

Given that focus, it’s natural that much of our coverage here at the PQB News will have a coronavirus connection.

With local sports shut down, local theatres sitting empty and most people doing the right thing and self-isolating, it clearly becomes the focus of the news.

It is a deadly, serious situation that threatens the well-being of our residents, our businesses and more.

READ MORE: Full coronavirus coverage can be found here

But we’re genuinely pleased to see so many locals displaying kindness, humanity and resilience during these times, and we want to present those stories as well.

Check our pages and our website and you can find many examples of what makes our community so great.

Dave Kasprick of Nanoose Bay has made 400 steel hearts to give away, and he has plans to create hundreds more.

Kasprick, who owns Red Cod Forge in Nanoose Bay, has been hanging hearts at the end of his long driveway for people to pick up and take home.

Pauline Gray, also of Nanoose Bay, wanted to have a big bash to celebrate her 90th birthday but the ongoing COVID19 pandemic derailed those plans. So friends and neighbours came up with a plan.

Fire departments in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, along with Oceanside RCMP and BC Ambulance, honoured the frontline health care workers at Oceanside Health Centre.

There are countless examples of this, people supporting one another, throughout all the PQB communities.

Children drawing special chalk-art messages for shut-in seniors. Offers to help pick up groceries. Photos of messages of support.

The list is endless.

If you have stories along these lines to share, please do (editor@pqbneews.com).

It’s so important to find the rays of positivity, the ones indicative of the community’s true spirit.

Continue to follow the recommendations of our health care professionals. Social/physical distancing, hand-washing… you know the drill.

We look forward to once again providing stories of athletic exploits and artistic accomplishments.

As always, we’ll get through this together.

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