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A song and a smile; OPSEU member writes song and produces video to lift spirits amid COVID-19

Be Smart! Stay Safe! Featured son is a parody of "July" originally performed by Noah Cyrus

OPSEU Peer Support Leader Miranda Guitard spends most of her days supporting colleagues, clients, and the general public with goal setting and wellness planning at Canadian Mental Health Oxford.

She is also a talented musician. And now, like many Canadians, she finds herself at home on a 14-day self-isolation period amid the COVID-19 pandemic feeling separated and stressed. But the consummate and caring professional that she is, Guitard is still trying to help people as the world struggles to cope with its biggest crisis in history. She is doing it by song.

“I struggled with my mental health in my youth and my outlet was always to find ways to be creative so I was distracted from my reality,” she says. “To this day, I still push myself to be creative in my work and in my personal life. As a result, I have been successful in supporting others who are struggling to do the same in many ways. I hope you all enjoy my song and please, stay safe.”

Her song – written, produced, and performed at home –  is simply named COVID-19.