About The Project

Edmonton in the Time of Covid is a collection of stories and photographs which tell how members of a North Central Edmonton community navigated the first pandemic in 100 years.

By sharing stories of ordinary citizens during this pandemic, the intention is for future Edmontonians to look back on the Covid pandemic to see how everyday people moved through this extraordinary, life changing event.

Recent Stories

Cheryl Walker: Strengthened Relationships When a Family Member Was Dying

“I have a photo. Christie could see him, but they wouldn't let the kids in. The photo is of his...
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Karen Simonson: Opted To Send Her Children To School

She continued, “Elizabeth has the same teacher as in kindergarten, so I know her. I’ve had nothing but an email...
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Carol Powder: Shared Her Indigenous Heritage and Connected With Family

"I got to know my kids better. At least through this pandemic, we get to know our kids better, get...
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Virginia Potkins: Lost her Jobs and Opened a Restaurant

To keep herself busy and earn some additional income, Potkins found a commercial kitchen on the southside where she could...
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Darren Pleavin: Adjusted to Changes as a Father and Postal Worker

“There was a period at the beginning where our parcel volumes met our Christmas levels. One to two million parcels...
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Vanessa Phillips and Val Parr: A Daughter Who Contracted Covid and a Mother Who Witnessed It

Phillips self-isolated away from her husband and her son in her family’s unfinished basement. For the first days of her...
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Donna Paliwoda: Worked in a Hospital

Paliwoda stressed the importance of basic public health principles. “Find a way to co-exist [with Covid] and live your best...
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Julie McCrea and Valley: Shared Her Experience with H1N1

“I am terrified and pissed off. I remember thinking before Covid, watching documentaries on the Spanish Flu, ‘If this happens...
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Ester Malzahn: Connected to Residents While Living in a Close-knit Apartment Building

For many people, living in an apartment building can be an isolating experience, even in normal times. There are few,...
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Cori Longo: Gave Birth During the Pandemic

In March and April, it was still unknown how Covid would affect pregnancy, birth, and babies. There was also concern...
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Janis Irwin: Advocated For Her Constituents

Irwin would like to see changes in our systems. Covid has highlighted the failures of our systems and institutions. “I...
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Carissa Halton: Experienced Job Loss and Turned to Gardening

Halton clarified her feelings. “The ability to plant a garden was a privilege in itself. Keeping my mind busy but...
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Aimee Rose Guilbault: Experienced Life as An Essential Worker

Working in one of the few businesses open to the public was a unique experience. “I was totally aware of...
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Alicia Fowler: Moved With Her Family to Saskatchewan

An accountant, Fowler quit her job to stay home with the children during the pandemic. They took long walks in...
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EXPO Centre: A Place That Sheltered The Homeless Population

These restrictions had a huge impact on the homeless population. Estimated at around 3,000 people, with 600 people sleeping exposed...
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Patricia Dunnigan and Aydan Dunnigan-Vickruck: Kept Family Connections Strong

Dunnigan described what this was like. “The idea that you couldn't visit was hard. We had visits on the balcony,...
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Mathew Cardinal: Helped With Security at Pekiwewin Camp

When not actively engaged in providing security for Pekewiwin, the Brotherhood tended the sacred fire that burned for the four...
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Kevin Blakeman: Adopted a New Pet

Blakeman applied to become a foster parent for a basset hound rescue. When the couple met Carl, Blakeman said, “We...
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With Gratitude

Edmonton in the Time of Covid is supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.

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Thank you also to the Rat Creek Press for their support. 

I am deeply grateful to the residents of the Rat Creek neighbourhoods (Alberta Avenue, Norwood, Delton, Eastwood, Spruce Avenue, Elmwood Park, Westwood and Parkdale-Cromdale) for sharing their lives and stories. They made this project possible.