Being a member of Town Council has certainly been interesting and busy over the past ten weeks as we deal with the new reality we all find ourselves in.
Trying our best to be positive advocates for all residents is not without challenges, as many of us are also worried about the social and economic impact COVID-19 has on our community.
Parents stressed with homeschooling, loss of jobs, re-opening business challenges, or just the fear of the unknown is stress to us all.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought many positives to our already, tight-knit community. Cochranites have always made my proud, but the way we have rallied together has been nothing short of amazing to witness.
Community parades with residents banging pots, to individuals volunteering to pick up groceries, to those doing stealth-like doorstep ‘anonymous gift’ drop-offs have made me realize that no matter what comes our way, Cochranites will always step up. While the future is unknown for all of us, I have been pleasantly reminded that kindness will prevail.
At this time, it is crucial for all of us to not only support each other, but also our local business community. As a member of the Economic Recovery Task Force this is imperative to keep Cochrane flourishing economically and socially in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
Cochrane business owners big and small help to stimulate our local economy, employ Cochrane residents, are the backbone to local events and fundraisers, and take personal pride in calling our town home for their operations. To hear of a local business owner giving up on their dream of operating is heartbreaking to say the least. This is why my message continues to be the same support local, shop local, and stay local.
While I know this is a trying time, I encourage all residents to be respectful and mindful of others’ choices, as we get back to a new normal. We don’t know what an individual is going through so let’s be gentle on each other and continue to be the supportive community we are known for.
Councillor Marni Fedeyko