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City Encourages Residents to ‘Say Hello’

The City of Burnaby challenges residents to “Say Hello” to each other, to combat the effects social isolation through simple gestures of kindness. 

The Say Hello Burnaby initiative encourages residents to share a wave and say hello to their neighbours and friends, to ease feelings of loneliness and isolation amplified by the pandemic.

“Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing are important public health measures but these practices can leave people feeling disconnected,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “Saying hello to our neighbours is a simple gesture that can have an incredible impact on our mental well-being. Our lives may look a little different these days but Burnaby remains a community that is friendly and welcoming to all.”

The long-term effects of social isolation are well documented. People experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation are less likely to take care of their mental and physical health, and are less likely to ask for help – even when they need it. These impacts are especially pronounced among vulnerable groups such as children, immigrant families and seniors.

It is a deep human need to connect with friends, family and the community. A simple wave and a warm hello can go a long way towards providing the boost that someone needs to get through the day.

Residents are also encouraged to support the Say Hello Burnaby campaign on social media by using the #SayHelloBurnaby hashtag, and by following @SayHelloBurnaby on Instagram.

Learn More: SayHelloBurnaby.ca

Media Contact:
Chris Bryan
Manager, Corporate Communications
Corporate Communications and Marketing Departments
604-570-3616 | Chris.Bryan@burnaby.ca

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