Poster shows community support

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Local designer Amanda Reynaert has offered a free sign to post in windows in hopes of bringing positive local change.

The idea came as a way to counter the division in town and negative attention related to the recent “freedom rally” demonstrations. Those rallies allege COVID-19 government precautions, including face-coverings, as tyrannical and unconstitutional.

“Once I got over anger and sadness,” of what was happening in the community, Ms. Reynaert said, “I realized I needed to do something and find a way to help.”

The printable poster features a heart to fill in with a reason to wear a mask. It also thanks frontline and essential workers, doctors, nurses, personal support workers, small businesses, emergency service workers, and the community.

“Colour it, get creative, make it yours. Then find a window in your home to share with your community. Let’s remind ourselves and each other who and what we are doing this for,” wrote Ms. Reynaert.

“Let's support each other, our vulnerable community, and all the members of our community who work tirelessly to keep us all safe.”

Part of the inspiration for Ms. Reynaert came from the “bear hunt” that took place throughout East Elgin in the early stage of the pandemic in March and April.

Those participating displayed a stuffed teddy bear in their window to be visible from the sidewalk and families can find them on their walks or drives around the neighbourhood.

Ms. Reynaert said she kept the design on regular paper and black-and-white to keep it “as accessible as possible,” and that she was happy to send or deliver the poster for free to anyone interested. Ms. Reynaert can be contacted through Facebook (Amanda Michelle) and the printable designed was shared on the Aylmer Express’ social media page.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express