Geoff Orr, mayor of North Saanich, holds out hope for better days ahead after a difficult year for all. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

Geoff Orr, mayor of North Saanich, holds out hope for better days ahead after a difficult year for all. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

North Saanich 2021: Mayor encourages connection and compassion in community

Geoff Orr looks back at a challenging year for residents and the district

2021 comes to a close and the COVID pandemic is still with us.

The personal and professional impact continues to be significant and challenges our collective optimism and mental health. Soon to eclipse 24 months, the prolonged disruption has introduced terms such as pandemic fatigue:

“The weariness among some people to abide by more COVID-related restrictions and public health measures as the pandemic drags on,” or, “… a low-grade chronic stress reaction.”

We have been forced to continuously adapt to ever-changing Provincial Health Orders and new variants such as Omicron. Health officials and front-line employees carry a disproportionate burden, having to constantly juggle provision of normal health care service with the additional and variable demand of care related to the virus. Let them know you appreciate and value all that they do.

I still believe strongly in the importance of connection, compassion and community. Reach out to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while. Check in with a neighbour to see if they need anything or simply to say hello. See if you can provide emotional support to a friend who has a family member in a long-term care facility or has recently experienced a life-changing event.

Emerging from this state of fatigue will take time, so it is important to approach each day with hope and to be grateful for our health, our family and friends and the wonderful place that we live.

On behalf of council I want to wish all Peninsula residents including members of Pauquachin, Tsawout, Tsartlip, and Tseycum a peaceful, healthy and safe Christmas season. I also want to thank district staff for their excellent service to North Saanich residents throughout 2021 – recently demonstrated during the record November rainfall event.

Let’s hold onto a sliver of optimism and hope as we enter 2022.

Geoff Orr is the mayor of North Saanich.

2021 Year in Review

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