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Gradual Return of City ServicesThe City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upo - read more
May 22, 2020This week many businesses reopened to a new normal and at this time, our governments are - read more
May 21, 2020The City of Parksville is working to safely reopen facilities that were closed to avoid - read more
May 15, 2020Please stay safe this Victoria Day long weekend. Stay close to home; continue to keep yo - read more
May 14, 2020When Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan last week, he emphasized, "thi - read more
May 11, 2020Parksville Fire Rescue wishes to remind residents of the Parksville Fire Protection Area - read more
May 7, 2020On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly - read more
Staying Well in Uncertain TimesThis week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Me - read more
May 1, 2020Our sincere thanks to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-line wor - read more
April 29, 2020We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated health care workers, first respon - read more
Less than two weeks ago, the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department offered to help residents celebrat - read more
April 23, 2020Dr Bonnie Henry's words continue to provide comfort, "All of us need to do our part an - read more
Message from Parksville MayorIt is heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help stop th - read more
Lets keep the effort going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message is the same, - read more
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a milestone memory such as - read more
April 15, 2020The City of Parksville continues to ask residents to comply with provincial health ord - read more
MESSAGE FROM PARKSVILLE COUNCILIt is unlikely we will return to normal any time soon as we may be in - read more
April 2, 2020We all must be 100% committed to doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to do - read more
April 1, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, the City's focus is on pre - read more
March 30, 2020The City of Parksville is working to share information and operational updates as we c - read more
March 27, 2020 The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach wor - read more
March 25, 2020This message is an update for Parksville residents about the COVID 19 pandemic. Counci - read more
March 23, 2020Further to our release on March 20 that advised the closure of all playgrounds in the - read more
March 20, 2020Effective immediately and until further notice, all playgrounds in the City of Parksvi - read more
March 19, 2020We wish to assure our residents the City of Parksville continues to respond to the gui - read more
We recognize there is a tremendous amount of information about COVID-19, including communications fr - read more
March 16, 2020The City is taking COVID-19 seriously and is making significant changes to protect the - read more
March 16, 2020At the request of Mayor Ed Mayne, the following information is being distributed on be - read more
March 12, 2020The City of Parksville is monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation - read more
March 11, 2020On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global health pandemic - read more
February 27, 2020Recent stories from national and international news media indicate the Coronavirus, - read more
It's that time of year when Parksville Volunteer Fire Department members collect food and toys, door - read more

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COVID-19 - May 6 Update for Parksville Residents
Posted: May 6, 2020
Staying Well in Uncertain Times
This week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Mental Health Week in BC, focusses on the importance of maintaining social connections and good mental health. 

CMHA said feelings of loneliness and isolation were already a major concern before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that more people are staying indoors and away from others, it is even more of an issue. According to the CMHA website, people with weak social connections are at an increased risk for anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviour and suicidal behaviours. With current health recommendations having us avoid close in-person contact, the CMHA is encouraging people to reach out to each other through phone or video calls, as well as through text messages.

Expanded mental health supports, because of the pandemic, are available online and by phone. CMHA offers many online programs - peer support, mental health check in, community counselling, and such programs as Confident Parents - Thriving Kids, Bounce Back and more. CMHA provides strategies and tools you can use at home - health information, taking care of your health and well-being, what to do if feeling overwhelmed and suggestions for managing financial uncertainty. If you need immediate help, CMHA also offers a crisis line 1 800 784-2433.

Locally, Forward House is helping to keep the community safe during the COVID-19. Although closed to the public, Forward House is continuing to support clients during these times and members of the public are welcome to call Forward House to speak with one of their trained mental health workers (250 954-0785), Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Here are some suggested links with mental health supports related to COVID-19:

Canadian Mental Health Association resources

Managing COVID-19 stress, anxiety and depression

List of BC Mental Health supports

Health Link BC resources

Your Feedback on Communications and Public Engagement
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting physical distancing measures have changed how the City of Parksville connects with residents. We are adjusting to doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic situation and exploring how to continue public engagement while being respectful of the restrictions now in place because of COVID-19. 

Listening to provincial and federal health officers, it has become clear that working virtually and maintaining physical distance will be our new normal for some time. Over the next few months, as we move the business of the City forward, we will be looking for feedback from the public on policies, programs and projects. Because we are not able to meet in person, we are now looking for input from our residents to determine whether there is an interest in engaging with the City on projects. 

As well, we have a few questions about how you receive information as well as how you would like to provide your feedback to us. Before we begin engaging on future projects, we would like to hear from you. 

The link to the survey is provived here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parksvilleengage and may be accessed from the City's website and our public engagement platform, Let's Talk Parksville. The survey will be open from May 8 to June 7. If you wish a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, please call 250 248-6144. Please direct questions to communications@parksville.ca.

CITY REMINDERS
Public comments at Council meetings - Until further notice, City meetings are closed to attendance by the public. Council continues to meet regularly and meetings are held virtually through Zoom and webcast live and archived from the City's website. Agendas are posted to the website on Thursday the week before the Monday Council meeting. Residents are welcome to send comments related to items on the agenda to Council@parksville.ca. If you wish your comments included in the public record, comments must be received by noon, the day of the Council meeting. Please include a full name and address for the comment to be included in the minutes. 

City operations - services continue to operate and with our offices closed to the public, contact us by phone or email. Our main phone number is 250 248-6144 and email info@parksville.ca. Direct department contact information is available on the City's website.

EMO Enews - Emergency Management Oceanside, a partnership between the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach, provides emergency support and disaster service to residents. We are offering an enewsletter with updates about COVID-19 as well as emergency preparedness info for Oceanside. Signup at EmergencyOceanside.ca

For more information:
Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
dtardiff@parksville.ca; 250 954-3073


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