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Comox Valley health event encourages community connection, IRL

After many local community groups have endured 18 months of zoom meetings, an upcoming Community Listening Event is being called a welcomed opportunity for organizations and volunteers to see and hear from each other in person.

We are gathering as many groups as possible in one place who are working towards creating a better, healthier future for our community,” states event organizer and Comox family physician Dr. Jonathan Kerr.

Everyone is welcome to attend and hear talks from local organizations and non-profits, browse information booths and provide input on what issues matter most in our community. There will also be kid’s activities and live music. 

“The response to this event has been outstanding. Over twenty local organizations have already signed up to participate,” noted Dr. Kerr.

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Kerr believes it’s important for people to get out and re-connect with others, as part of the mental health care. The things that makes us healthier as people, our social connections… our interactions with family and other members of the community… those have been lost during Covid. Or at least not enhanced through the use of Zoom. 

“The pandemic has been a real struggle for many. For me, as a doctor, I’ve seen that where people have had underlying anxiety or depression, it has bubbled to the surface.

 “We often feel we are working in our own silos. It will be an affirming experience to see all of the interconnected pieces that are necessary to have a healthy community, healthy people, and a healthy environment.”

This free community gathering is being held on Saturday, September 11th, from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Rotary stage in Filberg Park, Comox. 

For more information, or to register your group, email: [email protected]

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