Brightonians invited to ‘Shine a Light’ for area doctors

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Brighton and Campbellford residents can shine a light in the dark of night May 1 to show their appreciation for local doctors.

​May 1 is Doctors’ Day and the Ontario Medical Association is promoting a special light shining moment called “Shine A Light For All They Do.” Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) and Docs by the Bay, the physician recruitment and retention program for Brighton and Quinte West, encourage community members to extend their gratitude.

​There is no better time to celebrate doctors, who are combating COVID-19 on the frontlines, partners said.

​“Docs by the Bay encourages everyone, no matter where they are, to join us at 9 p.m. to celebrate our doctors,” said Paula Mason, manager of physician recruitment and retention for Docs by the Bay.

​“All you need to do is turn on the flashlight on your phone and hold it high, through your window, from your balcony, front porch or driveway, for about five minutes.”

​Residents can also participate by posting their messages of appreciation to social media using the hashtags #DoctorsDay and #ShineALightForThem.

​“The Municipality of Brighton is pleased to recognize its family physicians for the positive difference they make in the lives of their patients, which is essential to our community’s health, especially during the COVID-19 health pandemic,” said Brighton Mayor Brian Ostrander.

​The campaign also encompasses a website, www.doctorsday.ca, where people can access shareable social media content and pledge their participation in the May 1 light shining event.

​CMH is embracing the opportunity the awareness day provides “to celebrate the exceptional leadership our doctors bring to our hospital and the exemplary care they provide to our patients, families and community.

​“During the COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors have stepped up in countless ways, providing support, expertise and compassion to their colleagues and patients alike,” CMH said in a statement.

​From April 26 to May 1, CMH is encouraging community members to show their support by creating signs to thank the doctors who make a difference to them. Snap a photo for social media and use the hashtag #CMHStrong and tag Campbellford Memorial Hospital to share appreciation with the CMH team.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News