Stories of the pandemic

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Check out the story board below to read stories of people from across the region.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, communicate, and live. Everyone has faced different struggles and triumphs throughout this time yet our community has remained #DurhamStrong through our resilient spirit. What is your story?

Stories of the Pandemic is a project to help us connect and build community recovery and healing. We are calling on you-our community-to share your unique experiences with us. Sharing your stories of success and challenges helps us stay connected. No matter the experience, good or bad, we are examples of staying #DurhamStrong.

You can write a story, share a photo, video, or artwork and connect with other members of the community to learn about their pandemic experiences. Every story is important. Your story is important.

Be sure to review the guidelines below and the FAQs on the right side menu before you get started!

Check out the story board below to read stories of people from across the region.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, communicate, and live. Everyone has faced different struggles and triumphs throughout this time yet our community has remained #DurhamStrong through our resilient spirit. What is your story?

Stories of the Pandemic is a project to help us connect and build community recovery and healing. We are calling on you-our community-to share your unique experiences with us. Sharing your stories of success and challenges helps us stay connected. No matter the experience, good or bad, we are examples of staying #DurhamStrong.

You can write a story, share a photo, video, or artwork and connect with other members of the community to learn about their pandemic experiences. Every story is important. Your story is important.

Be sure to review the guidelines below and the FAQs on the right side menu before you get started!

Story Guidelines

There are guidelines for what can be published. Please be sure to read our Terms of Use before posting. 

By sharing your stories, photos, videos, or artwork you consent to the Region of Durham using your submission in Stories of the Pandemic as well as any future Regional promotions and materials.

By clicking "Create" you are agreeing to the Stories of the pandemic Terms of Use, including the Region's right to modify any submission prior to publishing, and to not publish content that does not meet the conditions of the Terms of Use. The Region has the sole right to determine what it wishes to publish. 


Notice of Collection Statement

The Regional Municipality of Durham will be collecting, using and disclosing any personal information submitted with the upload of your story, picture, video or artwork for the purposes of administering this community engagement project and will handle it in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56, as amended. 


Get started below! 

Content Warning: Stories of the Pandemic may include material that is harmful or traumatizing to some audiences. 

Support is here if you need it, visit durham.ca/mentalhealth for more information.

Note: The submissions page will not refresh after clicking "Create". Please wait until you receive a confirmation email before re-submitting. 

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Thank you for sharing your story with us! Please allow up to 1 week for your story to appear on the website.

-Stories of the pandemic team

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    A Game or Two

    10 months ago

    Note: This story was submitted on behalf of the original storyteller, with their permission.

    I have always enjoyed working with older adults. I studied Social Services-Gerontology and worked as a Recreation Therapist in the past. When the opportunity arose to work as an RCA I thought it would be a good fit. My favourite type of programming is definitely 1:1 visits. I enjoy being able to connect with residents who for many different reasons choose not to participate in group programs. Early on in my role as RCA I began visiting with a resident who did not attend programs, and... Continue reading

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    A Glass Half Full

    10 months ago

    Note: This story was submitted on behalf of the original storyteller, with their permission.

    At the beginning stages, I vividly remember planning a trip to Europe with family and felt like we could still go. It was starting to become more of a reality when cases in Canada were spreading quickly. I was also in a previous role at that point. We would wait over the weekends to determine if we would be going into the office. That caused additional stresses in terms of preparing to work from home.

    I have a young son; the priority was keeping him safe.... Continue reading

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