Healthy Foundations Matter: Social Well-Being

Covid-19 has done a number on nearly all of us. The extroverts- we were not okay! Many of us learned just how important relationships and socialization is. Having it taken away in one form or another, has done a job on us. Most of us did so willingly because we understood the greater good of keeping each other safe. Social wellness took a hit. Now we’re all looking at reconnections and socializing with friends, family and neighbours again as we see restrictions lift and vaccinations rates go up. However, how do we do so safely while infection rates continue to climb, but the desire to be with others feels like it’s at an all-time high? That’s a debate we’ll be having for a while, but regardless of approach, we have to consider, as a council, the social well-being of our community.

Social well-being can be defined as the sharing, developing, and sustaining of meaningful relationships with others. This allows you to feel authentic and valued, and provides a sense of connectedness and belonging.
Erin Stevenson swinging on a swing at Jubille Parking. She's smiling and looking off to the side.

Relationships are important and the supports for them are necessary. Leave no person behind. Our relationships come in many forms including the support systems set up to help us connect and share our experiences.

Going forward, as we recover from Covid-19, our mental health , our physical health and social health key. As a resident and a member of council, consider the following:

  1. Support systems- You understand the role of FHSS and the critical part they play in social well-being. You believe in affordable housing, support for our not for profits and community organizations, our churches, the numerous associations and businesses who play a huge part in social well-being and taking care of each other.
  2. Socialization- You love community building. You desire neighbourhood block parties and wish to events within the community. You love the walkability and mobility of this city and popping off a cheery hello to those you pass. You value your health and the health of others. You enjoy volunteering and making this a better community to live in.
  3. Free to be you- You believe in seeing the beauty in the differences of those around you. You don’t discriminate against those that practice their religion, you accept with love and grace the LGTBQ2S+ community, our growing BIPOC community, welcome new refugees, new Albertans, and new Grovers. Accessibility is important for those with disabilities, our seniors and our young. You have compassion and empathy for your fellow neighbour and lend a hand with kindness and without judgement.

Spruce Grove is a growing community, one of the fastest in Canada. We aren’t the small city of 10,000 people I grew up with. We’re a medium-sized city on the verge of 40,000 people. Our problems are changing. Our demographics is changing. That means new ways of approaching some pretty wicked problems.