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Gabriola Beyond Recovery

This report provides information about Gabriolans’ experiences during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, to find out what we have learned from these experiences, and to use what we’ve learned to do things differently in the future.


The research revealed broad insights into the population as a whole and a deeper understanding of the experiences of essential retail and health workers as well as our most vulnerable community members.


The report concludes that key lessons are the importance of social connections and connections with nature and exercise for wellbeing, the importance of addressing increased anxiety and stress, the magnified impact of the pandemic on workers, the need for adaptation strategies for a vulnerable local health care system, the importance of income stability, and the necessity of increasing community resilience.


This report was produced by the Gabriola Health & Wellness Collaborative and Sustainable Gabriola.

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