In January 2021, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce launched the Ontario Vaccination Support Council “to provide support for Ontario’s historic COVID-19 vaccination effort with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic”. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce was a founding member of the Council, joining with nearly 100 other organizations in this worthy cause. By early March, the Council launched a Vaccination Portal which allowed for two-way communication between the private sector and public local health units so that organizations can volunteer time or resources to support the province’s vaccination efforts.
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) was quick to step up to offer its support across the province. Thunder Bay area Director Aaron Del Pino and Chamber President Charla Robinson were soon working together to engage with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit to determine how we could help, with Aaron drafting retiree Joanne Kranyak as lead volunteer on OPG’s behalf.
From May 31st to August 6th, our team of 24 dedicated community volunteers worked side-by-side with the TBDHU’s professionals to welcome, direct and assist the tens of thousands of individuals who attended the TBDHU vaccination clinic at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition.
We offer our sincere thanks to the TBDHU team of Lance Dyll, Alyson Jennings, Jennifer McFarlane, Clinic Manager Hafsa Siddiqui and all the clinic staff for all that you continue to do to ensure that vaccinations are available and accessible for our community. It has been an honour to play a small part in this initiative.
A huge “Thank You!” to Our Volunteers
Joanne Kranyak, Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire
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