Kelowna’s sixth annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, May 2, 2021. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting a new neighbour, performing an act of neighbourliness or by hosting a virtual social. Tell us how you plan to celebrate Neighbour Day! Everyone that registers a Neighbour Day activity will receive a Neighbour Day package with Strong Neighbourhoods swag and resources to help connect neighbours. Register your activity online.
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What is Neighbour Day?
Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community. It’s encouraging people to connect with neighbours, inspiring neighbourliness or creating opportunities to simply have fun, safely.
Why Celebrate Neighbour Day?
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.
Safe ways to celebrate Neighbour Day this year:
- Decorate your yard, window or porch
- Support a local business
- Leave a sticky note with a kind message on a neighbour’s door or simply say hello to a neighbour (from a distance)
- Host a virtual event (e.g., trivia night, wine & cheese night, coffee chat, paint night, show & share or a talent show)
- Chalk the name of your community on small rocks
- Offer to grocery shop for a neighbour
- Sidewalk chalk stories
- Organize a plant exchange
- Chalk the word ‘neighbour’ in a language other than English on your sidewalk
- Share a historical fact about your neighbourhood on social media
- Go for a physically distant walk to a neighbourhood park with a neighbour
- Organize a neighbourhood scavenger hunt
In consideration of everyone’s health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask Kelowna residents to avoid physical gatherings as per the Provincial Health Officer’s orders. Instead, we encourage everyone to find creative ways to connect with neighbours while maintaining physical distance.