Editor’s Welcome March 2022

Heroes are all around us – thank you!

Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, Leaside Life columnist Susan Scandiffio interviewed local heroes on the Covid frontlines. Not just healthcare workers but also retailers and store staff.

Two years later, as we mark another grim anniversary of this pandemic, Susan wanted to gauge the mood of the people she interviewed in 2020. How are they holding up? Are they feeling optimistic, or more worn down than upbeat? Not surprisingly, many are thankful for the support of colleagues and grateful that so many people are taking precautions.

“I am proud of my colleagues in healthcare as they have been so supportive and positive of each other. Thank you to everyone for getting vaccinated, wearing masks and really being so supportive of frontline workers!” said one.

But, as one doctor noted: “Two years into this pandemic we’ve seen multiple examples of compassion and generosity. Unfortunately, however, we’ve also seen misinformation, selfishness, and impatience. That is not the way out.”

As I read his words, I’m acutely aware of his warning as trucks line highways and take over cities, all in the name of “freedom.”

Where will it all end, when will it end, will it ever end? These are the imponderables that our heroes are dealing with in their daily lives. These people continue to put others’ interests ahead of their own, sometimes to the detriment to their own health and well-being. If you know such a hero, take the time to say thank you. It means a lot.

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Jane Auster is the editor of Leaside Life. Jane is an award-winning professional editor and writer for print and digital who has covered a variety of industries in Canada for more than 25 years. As a print journalist, Jane has contributed to many of the major consumer magazine markets in Canada, including Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and The Globe and Mail.