To all those affected by the devastating wildfires in Alberta, know that you are not alone. 🔥❤️
The loss of homes, property, and livelihoods is heartbreaking, but we want you to know that there is hope in the midst of the chaos. 🙏🌈 As I write this I think of the Fort McMurray fires and had the priviliedge of meeting so many evacuees that came to Edmonton.
As you navigate through this difficult time, remember that you are strong and resilient.
The road to recovery may be long, but together we can rebuild and overcome. 💪💚
I want to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have been patient and helpful during these trying times, and to the brave firefighters and first responders who are working tirelessly to combat the fires. 🚒👨🚒
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as we come together to support each other and heal from this tragedy.
Remember we are resilient and can rebuild life. We are resourceful and can come through the other side stronger with passion to live life fully with passion and purpose.
One of the things that was absolutely helpful during the evacuees time in Edmonton was to get connected to resources in their new surroundings.
Here are some activites you can do with your families.
Visit the local library: It's a great place to find books, board games, and other activities to keep you occupied.
Explore nature: Take a walk in a nearby park or nature trail, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
Have a picnic: Pack a lunch or snacks and head to a nearby park or green space. This is a great way to enjoy a meal together and relax.
Treasure hunt: Create a scavenger hunt for your family or friends. Hide items around the house or neighborhood and see who can find them first.
Arts and crafts: Gather art supplies and create something together. This can be a great way to express your feelings and connect with each other.
Exercise: Take a walk or jog around the neighborhood, do yoga or stretches together, or find a workout video online to follow along.
Check-in with each other's emotions: Take the time to talk with each other about how you are feeling. This can help provide emotional support and foster a sense of community.
Game night: Play board games or card games together. This is a fun way to pass the time and bond with each other.
Movie night: Watch a movie together, either at home or in a nearby theater. This can be a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening.
Volunteer: Look for opportunities to volunteer in your community. This can be a great way to give back and help those in need, while also meeting new people and making connections.
Wellness Together Canada (https://ca.portal.gs/): This is a mental health and wellness platform that offers free resources and tools, including counselling and coaching, to support mental health.
YMCA Canada (https://ymca.ca/): The YMCA offers a variety of free virtual programs and resources for both children and adults, including fitness classes, cooking classes, and activities for kids.
Canada Learning Code (https://www.canadalearningcode.ca/): This website offers free coding workshops and resources for children and adults.
Kanopy (https://www.kanopy.com/): This is a free movie streaming platform that offers a wide range of films, including documentaries, independent films, and classics.
CBC Gem (https://gem.cbc.ca/): CBC Gem is a free streaming service that offers a wide range of Canadian movies, TV shows, and documentaries.
Open Culture (https://www.openculture.com/): This website offers free online courses, audiobooks, eBooks, and movies, including classic and foreign films.
Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/): Khan Academy offers free online courses and resources for students of all ages, including math, science, and history.
National Film Board of Canada (https://www.nfb.ca/): The National Film Board of Canada offers a variety of free movies, documentaries, and educational resources.
Storyline Online (https://www.storylineonline.net/): This website offers free children's books read aloud by famous actors.
Canada's Wonderland (https://www.canadaswonderland.com/home): They have a virtual section with games, puzzles and trivia for kids to enjoy.
I hope this gives you hope and if you need to speak to a social worker.
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