By Kenyon Stronski
Over COVID, the mental decline was at an all-time low for a large plethora of people, seen in family, friends, loved ones or even strangers on the street. Office buildings, factories and parks — it would be almost impossible to not have run into someone silently suffering as you go about your life.
“The first year of the pandemic, mental health was a concern and the UCP government was very aware and concerned about it and we’ve just seen a lot of it,” said Mayor Andre Prokop. “We talk about the COVID fatigue that’s affected people and I’ve seen it in myself and others, a lot of things have affected all of us and just having coffee with people you can see it. Extra pressures are on all of us and it just drags on and naturally beats us up negatively. We just have to continue to be optimistic, persevere and keep moving forward.”
With the province opening up and events beginning to kick back up in Taber, Prokop commented on how it was nice to see happy faces again and get back out to doing what he loves — interacting with the community.
“The Gord Bamford concert was a great icebreaker after these last two years. We had just under 500 people there and it was great to have them out. Just the atmosphere there that was created after the concert was on a real lighter side and a lot of people said it was just a pleasure. It was great to get people out and enjoy entertainment again as they should.”
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