Covid-19 Stories



In the face of a global pandemic in the form of Covid-19, a novel coronavirus, Our Stories Innisfil is committed to capturing history as it happens. We have invited members of the Innisfil community and beyond to share their stories of how their lives have changed in the face of this worldwide public health emergency. Ultimately the goal of this collection is to document and preserve a realistic story for future generations, sharing intimate details, lessons, and primary information that can be used to inform historical studies, research papers, and more, in order to reveal what it was like to live through this difficult time.


A Day in the Life
Image shot by photographer Shannon MacMillan featuring her five year old daughter, normally a student at Sunnybrae Public School, home for the rest of the school year due to social distancing mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic. This photo was submitted on 26 March 2020.
A Serene Moment
Photo submitted by Jessica Kurello of her four year old daughter Zoey enjoying a serene moment looking out the window in Alcona during the Covid-19 pandemic. Submitted on 2 April 2020.
Anya and Landon Sitser
Photo of Anya Sitser with her son, Landon, wearing masks and gloves while shopping at Sobey's in Alcona on 14 May 2020. On 6 April 2020 Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam advised that wearing a mask while shopping, using public transit, or in any other space where physical distancing is more difficult, could help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Blanket Fort
Image captured by photographer Shannon MacMillan of a day in the life of her five year old daughter, normally a student at Sunnybrae Public School, home for the rest of the school year due to social distancing mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic. This photo was submitted on 26 March 2020.
Grocery Store Limits
Photo taken on 31 March 2020 by Natalie Graham of a sign in Sobey's, Alcona, stating limits on essential items like disinfecting wipes, sanitizer, paper towel, and toilet paper.
Innisfil's First Virtual Town Council Meeting
A screen capture of Innisfil's first ever virtual Council meeting. The meeting took place online after social distancing measures were introduced to limit public gathering to slow the spread of Covid-19. This meeting used Zoom software and was live-streamed to YouTube. The meeting featured Mayor Lynn Dollin, Deputy Mayor Daniel Davidson, Ward 1 Councillor Kevin Eisses, Ward 2 Councillor Bill Van Berkel, Ward 3 Councillor Donna Orsatti, Ward 4 Councillor Alex Waters, Ward 5 Councillor Kenneth Fowler, Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Payne, and Ward 7 Councillor Rob Nicol. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 25 March 2020. As it was a Special Council Meeting, there was no open forum and no delegations. A recording of the meeting can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKHRRRBeG9M
Interview of Bruce Wood
Video of Bruce Wood, age 7, home from school during the outbreak of Covid-19. Interviewed by his mom Kathy Hammer and submitted on 20 April 2020.
Interview of Landon Sitser
Video of Landon Sitser, age 5, home from school during the outbreak of Covid-19. He is being interviewed by his mom Anya Sitser. Submitted on 28 April 2020.
Sidewalk Art
Photo submitted by Jessica Kurello of her four year old daughter Zoey creating sidewalk art in Alcona to cheer up her neighbours during the Covid-19 pandemic. Submitted on 2 April 2020.