Hello everyone and welcome back!
I hope you took the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful weather we had this summer. I enjoyed seeing many residents taking advantage of the Markland circle by walking, jogging, or cycling around it! It was wonderful being outside, enjoying the fresh air and chatting with neighbours. The gardens of Markland Wood were as beautiful as ever and it was nice to see many residents working very hard to maintain them.
We are trying to have a semblance of a normal life, but it is difficult to forget that we are in the middle of a pandemic. I am reminded of that fact every time I put on a mask to go to the store or to stay physically 2 metres apart from another person. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still with us and is continuing to cause anxiety and stress. It is never far from my mind and that knowledge determines where I go and how I interact with people. We must still follow the restrictions that have been imposed on us to maintain our health and the health of others.
Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are making The Marklander September 2020 issue available in PDF format. If you would like to download a copy of The Marklander, follow this link: http://www.marklandwood.org/images/Marklander/PDF/Sep_2020.pdf
COVID-19 has impacted all our activities including social and family gatherings and the major events of one’s life. This is not how we want to live but right now that is the only choice we have. The coronavirus is in charge at this moment but it won’t last forever. As you have seen, all of MWHA events have been cancelled. We stopped delivering the Marklander but hope to start up again in October. Our board meetings have been virtual and we continue to discuss the issues that affect our community. Our collections will not be door-to-door this year.
We will eventually get back to a “normal” life. It may look a little different but my hope is that the overwhelming concerns and stress we feel now especially about our health, the health of our loved ones, and our friends and neighbours, will be significantly diminished. Many people would like to get back to “the office “or to their regular place of employment wherever or whatever it happens to be. Schools would like to open without the angst for the health and safety of the students and staff. Perhaps this “new normal” will all come to an end very soon. For now, we have to be patient and cautious, and try to enjoy the small pleasures in life.
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to you, the residents of Markland Wood, for your continued support of our association, the MWHA. We are looking forward to resuming our regular schedule of events and activities as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
Until next month,
Stay strong, stay positive, stay safe,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association