Kelowna’s fifth annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, May 3, 2020. 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, physical gatherings are no longer advised for Neighbour Day 2020. We encourage everyone 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 physical distance.
This Neighbour Day, we encourage you to share your stories of neighbourliness with us. How has your neighbourhood come together during this challenging time? How has a neighbour supported you?
We welcome and encourage you to share your stories on our Strong Neighbourhoods GetInvolved page.
If you have a neighbour that has gone above and beyond during this challenging time, we would love to hear about them on our Outstanding Neighbour Recognition page. Outstanding neighbours will receive a certificate of appreciation, will be recognized through City channels and at a year-end event.
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. Additionally, in the event of emergencies, neighbours are usually there first to lend a helping hand.