Chilliwack General Hospital. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack coming together to thank health-care professionals

Hearts and thank-you cards can be dropped off at the Chilliwack Health Unit, Sept. 6, 1 p.m.

A Chilliwack initiative to show support for health care workers is coming together in the wake of vaccine-passport protests.

On Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. people will be dropping off hearts, thank-you cards and posters for the workers at the Chilliwack Health Unit, at 45470 Menholm Road.

The health unit is closed that day, Labour Day, but some staff will be on-site to collect the cards and messages.

“Come drop off your thank-you notes at this day and place, and they will be distributed to health care workers at another date,” wrote Margaret Reid in a public Facebook post. “Thank you all for caring.”

Anyone popping by is asked to arrive masked and stay distanced.

Reid added that the cards and notes can also be dropped off the day before, Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market.

B.C. Premier John Horgan put out a statement on Sept. 1 in support of health-care workers in light of the protests:

“Health-care workers have been true heroes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, working long hours in difficult conditions to care for us, our loved ones and to keep our communities safe.

“While everyone has the right to peaceful protest, the targeting and harassment of health-care workers at health-care facilities today is completely unacceptable. We stand by our health-care workers and support them fully.

The premier had this to say about health restrictions:

“The intent of every COVID-19 guideline and restriction that we’ve put in place since the beginning of the pandemic is to keep people healthy. That remains our number-one priority and we will take the steps we need to, to save lives and keep people safe as the vast majority of British Columbians expect.”

The provincial government will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 later this month from residents participating in non-essential activities, like going to restaurants, gyms and movie theatres.

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