Cheering on healthcare workers at 7 p.m. each day, a trend started half a world away, is catching on in Hope.
Tuesday evening, a parade of emergency vehicles made their way up the driveway to the Fraser Canyon Hospital.
Usually a collection of fire trucks, police cruisers and ambulances gathered in front of a hospital with sirens blaring would be cause for alarm. Not this time, as these vehicles gathered to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of healthcare workers during B.C.’s response to COVID-19.
As long as any official duties don’t get in the way, Hope’s Staff Sergeant Karol Rehdner said the first responders plan to head back to the hospital Friday at 7 p.m. for another parade.
Some people have also taken to cheering on their healthcare and other essential workers at 7 p.m. each night, by clapping and banging pots, pans and other noisy ‘instruments.’ The team at Envision Financial stood outside their Commission Street office banging pots and pans, with one colleague playing a trumpet.
A nurse in the Hope area, Jo-Dee Chisholm is sharing selfies of her and her colleagues working during the pandemic. She is sharing these via Facebook every day at 7 p.m.
And homemade signs are popping up around town, paying tribute to those who have to be out working while the rest of us are keeping safe at home.
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