On the morning of Sunday April 12th the Easter Bunny was able to take time out of its busy schedule to do a couple of socially distanced driveway visits across Central Manitoulin making three visits down Silver Bay Road in Big Lake, seven along Thorne Street in Mindemoya, then down Monument Road and ending up in Providence Bay. There was limited time for the Easter Bunny and it was only able to make a few spread out visits across the Municipality, but those who caught a glimpse of the fabled bunny certainly enjoyed it.
At 10 am the Easter Bunny made an appearance with Manitoulin OPP Constable Marie Ford at the Municipal Office during a Facebook Live recording in which Constable Ford and the Easter Bunny both relayed special messages to the community.
Constable Ford thanked everyone for following the public health guidelines, asked us to be kind, urged the community to check in with our most vulnerable and gave advice on the resources available to the public. These included the O.P.P. who are always there for them, the Central Manitoulin Community Helpline for grocery and errand delivery service for those self isolating, Manitoulin Family Resources programs and the MFR food bank which accepts self referrals and Constable Ford offered to make referrals herself if needed. She ended her announcement by thanking all the essential services including those at the nursing homes, Community Living Manitoulin and grocery stores.
The Easter Bunny brought a message, which was read aloud by Constable Ford. The letter congratulated the kids and community on being brave and reassured them that a lot of community members are working hard to protect them and get things back to normal. The letter also stated the Easter Bunny loved Manitoulin Island so much that it was thinking about moving it’s chocolate workshop to Manitoulin or even retiring here. The message ended by telling the kids to stay safe, that the Easter Bunny loves them and will see them again next year.
The Municipality would like to thank Jackie and Bob White for exporting their community spirit out of Assiginack by getting us in touch with the Easter Bunny.
The recording of the Facebook live video, which at the time of writing this has 3700 views, can be found at https://www.facebook.com/MunicipalityofCentralManitoulin/videos/246702963134112/
The Municipality’s “Central Manitoulin Community Helpline” shopping and errand delivery service for residents self-isolating number is 1-249-878-1659.
Manitoulin Family Resources:
Food Bank -Self Referrals Accepted
705-368-3400 ext 242
Violence Against Women Prevention Programs 705-377-5160 or 1-800-465-6788 and their *New* Text Line is 705-968-0499
For more information visit www.centralmanitoulin.ca or call the office at 705-377-5726.