St. James-Assiniboia community correspondent
Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact email@example.com
Recent articles of Wanda Prychitko
Lessons learned from travel3 minute read Preview Friday, Sep. 3, 2021
Our family just attended a wedding in British Columbia.
What? You travelled out of the province? We did.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was glorious and we felt safe the entire time.
Everyone in the airport was masked, as was everyone on the plane. Sanitization was evident and distance markers had been strategically placed throughout. People respected the new space. It was an environment of calm.
In times like these, you gotta have faith2 minute read Preview Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
Though we seem to be surrounded by inconvenience, struggles and even tragedy, we must not lose sight of the positive relationships we have established, the good deeds we observe daily, and the beauty apparent all around us.
Mother Nature has certainly done her part. Our mild weather has set the stage for biking, hiking, skiing, skating, snowshoeing and more. Almost everyone is wearing a mask, because almost everyone has a grandparent, parent, spouse, sibling or child they want to protect.
However, not everyone is able to get out and about. Many are feeling the walls close in, and the most they can do is walk around the backyard or chill out on the balcony.
Isolation atop of restrictions is stressful, and goes against our sense of community and belonging.
Kudos to our pandemic performance3 minute read Preview Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
Six months ago the world changed. The entire world. Planet Earth. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around that thought. It feels like we’re in some apocalyptic movie. Few catastrophes have enveloped every country as this has, but we should be proud of ourselves.Almost everything was cancelled: work, school, weddings, funerals, graduations, concerts, travel, parties, fundraisers and sports. It slowed us down for awhile, but then people began to re-invent their lives. We started to make lemonade out of those scary COVID-19 lemons all around us.
Virtual fundraising campaigns replaced the door-to-door and large group events. Parking lots were transformed into graduation venues, with the focus on the individual versus the large group. And when we couldn’t have parties anymore, the party came to us. I accidently joined a parade, and even though I didn’t know the young man, I was glad to be part of the group that made his day. I do love a parade.
The term essential worker expanded to include occupations we hadn’t considered before. People showed their appreciation to those whose jobs put them directly in the line of fire. Meals were donated, colourful posters appeared in the windows of homes, shops and hospitals, and we started to hear more of the old-fashioned thank-yous.
It has been pointed out that, although we are all weathering the same storm, we aren’t all in the same boat. Struggles that existed before the pandemic have been amplified, and those who were vulnerable before have even fewer resources. Human social connections are more important than ever. We need to step outside of our comfort zones and reconnect in conversation. We must engage with each other if we want to thrive.
Boldly going where others fear to tread3 minute read Preview Monday, Jun. 15, 2020
People are understandably nervous about entering hospitals right now, but if you’re experiencing health distress, please don’t wait until it’s too late.
Physicians suspect the fear of contracting COVID-19 is keeping people from going anywhere near hospitals. If you are experiencing serious pain or other symptoms, they encourage you to get checked out. A quick call to Healthlinks will determine whether or not an emergency visit is warranted.
Over the last few months, various family members and I have needed to attend emergency departments and be admitted to the Grace, St. Boniface and Victoria hospitals. Given the current health climate, this was troubling and we weren’t sure what to expect.
I can tell you from personal experience that our health-care workers are extremely well-prepared and professional in their COVID-19 protocols. They are encouraging and caring, even while terrified of contracting the virus and taking it home to their families. I offer them all a huge bouquet of thanks for choosing to care for others.
Once a lifesaver, always a lifesaver5 minute read Preview Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020
Manitoba is renowned for having the greatest per capita percentage of volunteers in Canada. We are ready to help when asked, but sometimes we need to stop and help without waiting for an invitation. Such is the case when confronted with an emergency situation.Emergencies can happen anywhere, and stopping at the scene of an accident is always scary. Not everyone is comfortable stepping in to help, but there are many among us who have trained to do exactly that.There are thousands of current and former first aiders and lifeguards across our city. Some have parlayed their lifesaver training into careers as first responders, healthcare professional or child- and seniors-care workers. Even those lifesavers who have chosen an unrelated career path, such as being a community correspondent for The Metro, still retain knowledge of first aid basics. Here are a few simple steps that even the untrained bystander can follow to assist in a crisis:• Scan the area for ongoing dangers —do not add yourself to the number of victims;• Call 911 — never assume it’s already been done;• Even if no injuries are apparent, stay and talk calmly to each victim until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive — people are alone and afraid and can go into shock;• Be observant, give EMS any relevant information, and give your name before departing a scene.Every vehicle should have a first aid kit. You may never need it but lifesavers,just like Scouts, are always prepared. I carry a tool box with the basics: plastic gloves, a mouth-to-mouth barrier, large Band-Aids, slings, gauze pads, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, first aid tape and things I’ve collected over the years.It’s impossible to avoid the topic of liability when suggesting that we initiate assisting a stranger. The Good Samaritan Protection Act of Manitoba was enacted in 2006 to ensure that, “a person who voluntarily provides emergency assistance to an individual injured in an accident or emergency is not liable in damages for injury to or the death of that individual caused by any act or omission in providing the emergency assistance, unless the person is grossly negligent”. To sum it up, unless you intentionally do damage, you can offer help without fear of liability. As Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Wanda Prychitko is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitoba is renowned for having the greatest per capita percentage of volunteers in Canada. We are ready to help when asked, but sometimes we need to stop and help without waiting for an invitation.
Such is the case when confronted with an emergency situation.Emergencies can happen anywhere, and stopping at the scene of an accident is always scary. Not everyone is comfortable stepping in to help, but there are many among us who have trained to do exactly that.
There are thousands of current and former first aiders and lifeguards across our city. Some have parlayed their lifesaver training into careers as first responders, healthcare professional or child- and seniors-care workers. Even those lifesavers who have chosen an unrelated career path, such as being a community correspondent for The Metro, still retain knowledge of first aid basics.