The goal of Neighbour Day is to help build relationships between neighbours, because knowing your neighbours can help transform neighbourhoods into welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live. Building social connections is especially important as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation , and depression, especially among the elderly, vulnerable and those new to Canada. Additionally, in the event of emergencies, neighbours are usually there first to lend a helping hand.
Highlights from Neighbour Day 2020
Kelowna’s fifth annual Neighbour Day was held on May 3. Traditionally, residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting new neighbours, performing a random act of neighbourliness or by holding a neighbourhood get-together.
In consideration of everyone’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, people were encouraged to find creative ways to connect with neighbours in whatever form resonates with individuals and the communities of which they are a part of, while maintaining the recommended physical distance.
We also encouraged people to share their stories of neighbourliness with us and answer questions such as: “How has your neighbourhood come together during this challenging time? How has a neighbour supported you?”
Visit our Strong Neighbourhoods GetInvolved page to view the stories and share a story of your own.