It’s been a year like no other in recent history.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a public release on March 8 announcing the Government of Canada designated March 11, 2021, as a National Day of Observation to commemorate the people lost and the impacts the county has endured due to COVID-19.
City of Parkville manager of communications Deb Tardiff, advised the PQB News the Canadian flag at the Parliament buildings in Victoria and on all British Columbia government buildings and establishments were being flown at half-mast to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, and in memory of all the British Columbians whose lives have been lost due to COVID-19.
Mayor Ed Mayne said, “with lowering of the flag to half-mast, the city recognizes it has been one year since the WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud of how our residents stepped up to keep each other safe, to keep businesses and schools open and that Parksville has been one of the safest communities in the province during the pandemic. We are pleased the Parksville Community Centre will serve as an immunization site for Island Health and look forward to the easing of restrictions as the vaccine becomes available to everyone.”