“The B.C. Covid-19 Collection: 2020 Six Word Art Stories created by voices of British Columbia, Canada”

A visual story album of how the “C word” has affected our lives in British Columbia. From photographs, artwork, graffiti, personal 6-word stories written from adult perspectives, 6-word news glimpses and community snapshots to document uncertain times.

It takes thoughtful effort, collaboration and imagination to create a project like this. We may have different lifestyles, beliefs and perspectives but we all have stories to tell.

Just like the feature photo story, “Finally time to take our time”, I ask that you please take a reflective moment to read each and every six word story of this project and discover the meaning behind each one.

This is what we saw through our Corona-coloured eyeglasses in our beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada.

Our album opens with Part 1: Six Word Stories with Photographs or Artwork written, created and submitted by adult volunteers of this project.

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The feature photograph of this project (black & white photo of girl blowing dandelion puff ball) : “Finally time to take our time.” and the above six 6-word stories were written and photographed by Claudia Ho Lem.

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“Peace in the garden; waiting, remembering.” Story & painting created by L.W.

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“My eternal love for our elderly.” Story & photo by k.m.

Carol I just want ot hug her IMG_5603“I just want to hug her.”  Story & photo (of Carol’s mother) by Carol Carter.

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“Celebrating from afar on joyous occasions.” (on missing the ability to celebrate in person with the whole family) Story & photo by Bruna Lazzano.

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“Inner lives blossom. Lives are close.”  Story & photo by Mia Logie.

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“Good snatched away, hope will triumph.”  Story & photo by Gerry O’day.

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“Newfound respect for full time parents.”  Story & photo by Jeff Winskell.

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“Realizing you’re out of toilet paper.”  Story & photo by Natalie McMillan.

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“Sometimes cheerfulness shows in unexpected places.”  Story & photo by Jenny Morgan.

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“Retreat, Rethink, Resign, Reset, Rejuvenate, Reverie.”  Story & photo by David Geary.

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“Just happy to be getting out.”  Story & photo by Steve Bush.

       “Let the outdoor games begin!”  “Done!”  Story & photos by Victoria.

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“No panic. We are here. Now.”  Story & photo by Jim Derricott.

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“Peace and freedom without Covid 19.”  Story & photo by JB.

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“This s**t has driven me to…”  Story & artwork by P.B.”

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Covid pictures instead of rainbow pictures!” A mother’s perspective on the subject of her daughter’s recent drawings (depicting the corona virus). Story & artwork, Anonymous.

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“Feel great when the body moves.”  By Erina.

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Wishing to the star…seeing friends.Ryo found the first star of the evening and immediately wished upon it to see his friends. Story & photo by Erina.

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Above four 6-word stories written by Shaya Sy-Rantfors.

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Above story & photo by Shaya Sy-Rantfors.

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“No work – more time to garden.” Story and photo by Nancy.

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“Utter satisfaction – growing my  own food.”  Story & photo by Jenny Morgan.

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“Patience, Family, Challenging, Isolated, Strength, Community.” Story & photo by Michelle Kaltenegger.

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Kristen Buckley image0 (3)“Vision becomes reality – functional, natural art.” Story and table created by Kristen Buckley. Photo by A.B.  (Yes, she made this table. It’s an old growth fir sourced from a timber furniture design business in Squamish, designed from a raw slab that started with bark and all! Legs sourced from Ontario and then the slab was sanded and finished with love.) 

Cea Sunrise Persons IMG_7309“A minefield of gratitude and resentment.” Story & photo by CSP.

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“Mama. Yes. Mama. Yes. Mama. Yeeeeeeesssss.”  Story & photo by Susan Little.

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“Hugs overpowering uncertainty, fear and sadness. “ Story & photo by Judith Reyes Metcalfe.

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“My loves, delicate balance, life continues.”  Story & photo by Anna Parkes.

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“Time erases memories. Memories erase time.”  Story & photo by Susan Little.

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“From chaos, freedom emerges, commute-free.” Story & photo by Susan Smith Alexander.

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“Faith in God is believer’s shield.” Story by Agnes Dalisay. Photo by Sophia Stewart featuring her sister, Raquel Stewart.

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“Quarantine yoga. It keeps me grounded.” Story by Christine B. Photo by C.B.

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“Finding my sunshine inside and out.”  Story by Mary Chang.

Next is Part 2 of our album (during PHASE 1): Photographs documenting what we’ve noticed around our community.

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“Playground.” Photo by Shaya Sy-Rantfors.
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“Sidewalk.” Photo by P.B.
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Next is Part 2 (continued) of our album (during PHASE 2): Photographs documenting what we’ve noticed in our community.

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Photo by Natalie McMillan.

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IMG_7192“Beauty, truth, humour, ugliness, nature, art.” Story & photo by M.C. (graffiti artist unknown)

Next is Part 2 (continued) of our album (during PHASE 3): Photographs documenting what we’ve noticed in our community.

Alcohol allowed in some outdoor spaces.
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“Handmade masks on a trusty Pfaff” Submitted by Christine B.
“A smile goes a long way” Submitted by Chrissy Chequer.
Face masks become mandatory on Transit. (Aug 24/20)
Face masks mandatory on BC Ferries (Aug 24/20) Photo by J. R-M.
“Seabus Owl” wears a mask too!
“Everybody wears a mask in Norgate.” Photo by Emma Gow.
“Bye Corona” Two words everyone is hoping for… Photo by MC, artwork unknown.

Lastly, Part 3 of our Album: List of British Columbia and Lower Mainland Highlights During Pandemic, in 6 Word Points:

  • Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
  • 36th Premier of BC, John Horgan
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia PHO
  • Dr. Teresa Tam, Canada Chief PHO
  • Adrian Dix, BC Minister of Health
  • Nigel Howard, sign language hero
  • First death Lynn Valley Care Home (March 9, first death in Canada)
  • All British Columbia Public Schools Close (March 17)
  • Community centres, libraries, non-essential services close (March/April)
  • Spring camps, extra-curricular activities cancelled (March)
  • Playgrounds, skateboard parks, ski mountains close (March)
  • Some parks, trails, parking lots close (March)
  • Beaches, most parks, trails remain open (March)
  • Restaurants offer take away service only (March/April)
  • Dental practices offer emergency dental only (March)
  • Long hair due to salon closures
  • Social distancing, hand washing, face masks (March)
  • How Coronavirus took Lynn Valley article (Globe & Mail, March 21)
  • Local distilleries make free hand sanitizer (March)
  • Pots, pans, applause at 7pm nightly (for health care workers, March)
  • “Growing up in Quarantineland” by Margaret Atwood (Globe & Mail, March 28)
  • Bonnie Henry & Theresa Tam Art Mural (March)
  • Free online education, fitness, mental health etc (March)
  • Trudeau sends a message through Lego (April)
  • Homeschooling begins online with public schools (mid-April)
  • Parents f*cking hate trying to homeschool (ongoing)
  • Parents appreciate teachers more than ever (ongoing)
  • Dr. Bonnie Henry’s John Fluevog shoes (April)
  • White Caps face-masks to save Aquarium (April)
  • Government Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Income Tax filing deadline extended June 1
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support
  • Rent, mortgage, student loan financial support
  • Restrictions ease Victoria Day May weekend
  • Phase 1 ends May 18 Victoria Day (See Phase 1, BC’s Restart Plan)
  • https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/phase-1
  • We enter Phase 2 for Covid (ends June 23, See Phase 2, BC’s Restart Plan)
  • https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/phase-2
  • Cruise ships not welcome for summer (May)
  • 6 people gatherings, still no travel
  • North Shore Bowling closes for good (after 59 years! due to C-19, June)
  • Several businesses re-open, others close permanently.
  • Campgrounds set to reopen June 1
  • Voluntary return to school June 1
  • Parents fear making “voluntary” schooling decisions
  • Part-time school, staggering start hours
  • Elementary 50%, Secondary 20% – in class
  • Playgrounds being to re-open June 1
  • When will this f*cking pandemic end?
  • Waiting on vaccine to be created.
  • “Be kind, be calm, be safe.” (Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice)
  • Phase 3 to start in June (June 24, See Phase 3, BC’s Restart Plan)
  • https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/phase-3
  • Non-essential travel and film production resume
  • Careful travel allowed within the province
  • US Border non-essential travel remains closed
  • Many hotels, accommodations, resorts resume operations
  • Gatherings larger than 50 still banned
  • Limit the people within your bubble
  • Continue hand washing, social distancing, cleaning
  • Glory holes recommended for safer sex (July, BC Centre for Disease Control)
  • Face masks mandatory for Translink, BC Ferries (Aug 24)
  •  Schools set to re-open September 10
  • Phase 4 Conditional on global availability of vaccine
  • https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/phase-4
  • Ferry passengers can’t remain in cars (during sailings on enclosed car decks, BC Ferries)
  • Face masks recommended for safer sex (Sept, Dr. Theresa Tam)
  • Cases surge. Dr. Henry tightens restrictions (for 2 week block Sat, Nov 7, 10pm to Mon, Nov 23 noon)
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-announces-new-covid-19-restrictions-for-metro-vancouver-health-regions-for-2-weeks-as-cases-surge-1.5793969 (announced Nov 7)
  • Two-week lockdown extended, record high cases (extended to Dec 7)
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-brings-in-sweeping-new-measures-to-control-covid-19-including-mandatory-masks-1.5808617
  • B.C. sets record-breaking 887 COVID-19 cases (for daily cases, Nov 26)
  • Weddings, funerals, ceremonies maximum 10 people
  • Face masks mandatory, indoor public places
  • Schools remain open, masks not mandatory
  • No house guests, no play dates
  • Dr. Henry (live update Nov 27 3p)