On this page:
- #TogetherWeCanDoIt media release
- Candlelight vigil
- Thank you letters
- Media stories
On March 19, 2020, RNAO published a media release on the #TogetherWeCanDoIt initiative.
March 11, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
RNAO along with other health organizations across Ontario asked the public to remember those who have died from the virus and reflect on the hope that lies ahead by lighting a candle and sharing tributes on social media with the hashtags #Candle4COVID and #TogetherWeCanDoIt.
Canada’s parliamentary poet laureate to provide tribute
At 6:45 p.m. ET on March 11, 2021, Canada's parliamentary poet laureate Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer – read a poem to commemorate the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 and pay tribute to those who died from the virus.
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This amazing spirit of human solidarity must become even more infectious than the virus itself.
World Health Organization
Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. local time and every evening going forward, RNAO asked everyone – from the doorsteps of their homes or keeping a safe distance – to cheer on the millions of health providers, social service and other essential front-line workers in Ontario, Canada and around the world who are tackling COVID-19.
RNAO has encouraged the public to post their cheering-up activity on social media with the tag @RNAO and hashtags #TogetherWeCanDoIt and #Cheer4HealthWorkers. The response has been incredible.
Update (Nov. 20, 2020):
Thank you to everyone who participated nightly in our #Cheer4HealthWorkers campaign for the past 246 days.
You've show health-care workers incredible amounts of support, & now, the time for applause is over. It's time to show your support by staying home to help stop #COVID19. #TogetherWeCanDoIt
Retweet our post on Twitter here.
#Maskathon urges you and your loved ones – especially children and youth – to wear a non-medical mask or face covering in indoor public spaces (shops, mall, other businesses), busy areas and transit and send us photos via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
For more details on how to get involved, please visit our official webpage.
Letters to Nurses
Letters to RNAO
- Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario exceptional support during the COVID-19 response
- AdvantAge Ontario
- The Rekai Centres
Our #TogetherWeCanDoIt campaign has been mentioned in the following media stories:
- Global News Radio: Ontarians asked to light a candle, remember those lost on one year anniversary of WHO declaration of coronavirus pandemic
- InSauga: Virtual candle-light vigil being held on anniversary of pandemic
- Muskoka411: Health Organizations Ask Everyone To Mark The One-Year Anniversary Of The COVID-19 Pandemic With A Candlelight Vigil
- North Bay Nugget: Candle vigil to mark COVID-19 anniversary
- Timmins The Daily Press: Candle vigil to mark COVID-19 anniversary
- InsideOttawaValley.com: Initiatives that kept community spirit alive in North Grenville during COVID-19
- Montreal Gazette: Once, we stood in solidarity against the virus. Then came the second wave
- National Post: Once, we stood in solidarity against the virus. Then came the second wave
- Vancouver Sun: When the clapping stopped: Once, we stood in solidarity against the virus. Then came the second wave
- Queen's Citizen: When the applause stopped: Once, we stood in solidarity with the virus. Then came the second wave
- The Beacon Herald: Once, we stood in solidarity against the virus. Then came the second wave
- The Recorder & Times: Once, we stood in solidarity against the virus. Then came the second wave
- Quinte News: Local group’s efforts making a big impact
- Belleville The Intelligencer: Trenton resident donates $250,000 to TMHF
- Rogers TV Durham: #DurhamStrong
- The Intelligencer: TMH Foundation pays it forward to long-term care homes
- CTV News: Toronto family supports frontline workers from porch amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Freshdaily: Clapping for healthcare workers will be a lasting memory from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Renfrew Today: Every night at 7:30pm cheer for all front-line workers
- CityNews: Thanking healthcare workers with song
- Global News: Coronavirus: Nightly applause for health-care workers comes to Vancouver
- KitchenerToday: Retired local nurses step in to help hospitals with pandemic
- Durham Radio News: Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario wants you to cheer on frontline workers from home
- InsideOttawaValley.com: Communities called to join in Ontario-wide nightly applause movement for health care workers
- Toronto Sun: Make some noise for frontline health workers
- TriCity News: Cheer for health professionals and essential service workers tonight at 7 p.m.