As leaders in our communities, it is our duty to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, members, and the communities we serve. This is more important than ever as the global number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb daily.
Kin Canada has been regularly monitoring the directives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health units. Based on their advice to participate in physical distancing, as of March 17, 2020, our National Headquarters building has been closed until further notice. Our staff are still available to provide support to members and the public via email. To get in contact with any of our staff, please see our Contact Us page.
As of March 23, 2020, all Kin Canada clubs have been asked (as per a temporary policy implemented by our National Board of Directors) to cease all activities that require in-person activity; conduct all meetings and fellowship through virtual means; and discontinue all activities that require in-the-community service. This was a difficult decision but one our leadership felt needed to be made for the safety of members and the global good. Clubs have been encouraged to continue to think outside the box and find ways to continue Serving the Community’s Greatest Need without in-person contact. Outside of club activities, individual members are still welcome to serve in the community if they chose to put their own health at risk to do so.
Kin Canada is committed to doing our part to “flatten the curve” and has advised clubs, zones, and districts to make decisions in the best interest of the communities we have proudly served for the past 100 years. Clubs and their members continue to look for ways to stay connected and engaged with their communities during this unprecedented time.
We look forward to the day we can relax our temporary policy and be back out with our neighbours and fellow Kin. For now, we are following the advice of public health experts and doing our part to stay home and practice physical distancing across the board.
For 100 years, Kin Canada has been an important part of building our communities and we will be ready to answer the call of new and existing needs in Canada, in-person, when we are confident it is safe for our clubs and members to do so.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home.