Canadian Kindness from Coast to Coast Celebrated in New Book
Authors Heather Down and Catherine Kenwell gathered stories from every province to illustrate the effects of COVID-19 and the ways in which ordinary Canadians are performing extraordinary acts of kindness during the pandemic.
"It became clear that there would be limits on social gatherings, routines, and regular day-to-day situations,"
Tales include those from Indigenous peoples to new immigrants who have only been in Canada for several months—pretty much everyone who calls Canada home. From a dancing Sikh in the Yukon to a couple's first wedding dance in British Columbia to a talking schnauzer in Quebec to a real-life Spider-Man walking the streets of Newfoundland, this book demonstrates that Canadians are kind, creative, and ultimately, resilient.
In addition to highlighting the everyday champions, some notable Canadians also lent their stories to this collection including: Great Big Sea founder Sean McCann; country singer, Jason McCoy; and award-winning author, David A. Robertson.
"We chose 49 stories because Canada's worldwide address is the 49th parallel," Down adds.
"Canadians are looking to make sense of this unusual situation; their lives have been tossed upside down and we all need help to get through this pandemic—whether it's physically, financially, or emotionally, we're all feeling loss," Kenwell says. "We began this project as a way to share challenges and triumphs to help inspire others who are struggling."
The authors discovered stories from coast to coast that reflect Canadian values—diversity, ingenuity, and compassion. Other publishers such as Chicken Soup for the Soul are collecting COVID-19 stories as well, but Not Cancelled is purely and proudly Canadian.
"Don't get us wrong—this isn't all about unicorns and rainbows. We've both suffered the loss of family and friends during this pandemic. We know that others are feeling deep pain and confusion. The stories in this book are small rays of hope with outstanding impact. To coin an overused phrase, we're all in this together, and the individuals featured in Not Cancelled make us proud to be Canadians."