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This April 7th COVID-19 gives us all pause to think about the importance of World Health Day

Smokey Thomas and Eddie Almeida
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As COVID-19 tests the limits of our resolve and wellness, it has taught us valuable lessons about our connections to each other, and our ability to work together even while isolated within our own homes. This new reality has not broken us on this World Health Day. In fact, it makes us stronger and better informed on how to meet the health needs of every person on this planet.

At OPSEU, we have always been protective about family and community. That’s why it’s not surprising to hear the stories of tens of thousands of OPSEU members risking their lives to help their communities stay safe. They’re often working long hours under stressful conditions.

People from all walks of life, backgrounds, professions have come together to help one another in the name of health. We see people and businesses doing their part: following health officials’ recommendations and best-practices, isolating themselves, and even completely changing products they produce or the services they provide. We thank each and every one of you.

We have put our differences aside when the world needs it most. Let’s take a moment to also thank our loved ones, friends, neighbours, and local, national, and global leaders for their empathy, compassion, courage, and guidance.

But most of all, let’s take a moment to think about the people who didn’t make it through this crisis. OPSEU offers our deepest condolences to those who have lost family or friends. We hope that on this World Health Day, you will do something that helps someone else – even if that just means continuing to follow the recommendations of our leaders and health officials.

We are in this together and we are thinking of you.

President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida