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Courage, my friends

In an effort to share some positivity and kindness in our community, we're sharing the story of one family whose backyard fence has become a source of inspiration.

Courage, my friends.

Three simple words that have taken on a bigger meaning for one Lethbridge family this week.

Kathryn Lyle, with the support of her immediate family household who have been self-isolating for nearly two weeks, have posted a sign on their back fence that says "COURAGE MY FRIENDS" along with a heart.

The sign happens to face Whoop-Up Drive and has drawn plenty of attention in the past several days.

 "It's our hope that it will encourage others and let them know we are not alone during these trying times," Kathryn Lyle said.

"I think everybody is being bombarded by so many different kinds of messages, whether it's online, or government, or friends, or work, or children. It's nice to have something we can agree on. I was trying to think of something that wasn't polarizing and that was positive and maybe give people something that they could stand behind in solidarity. We are not helpless."

"Courage, my friends" is a shortened version of a quote by Tommy Douglas: "Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world."

The Lyle family, Kathryn, husband Jeff, and their three children aged 16, 14 and 12, have been trying to find projects to stay busy and come together as a family during their self-isolation. They have also put up a poster in support of teachers and support staff who are working hard to learn a new way to educate.

People are more than welcome to share or use the picture of the sign and poster, she adds.

"This is not just a moment of deep despair," Kathryn Lyle said. "This moment for us is about connecting with people and helping people."

The Lyle family plans to keep adding new messages and notes of encouragement in the coming weeks.

"It's meant to be positive and something that unites people," Kathryn Lyle said. "We'll get through this. We're all in this together. That's the viewpoint we've been having."

There are plenty of other examples of Canadians coming together while staying apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of them is a Montreal comedian encouraging Canadians to sing or play The Tragically Hip song "Courage" from their windows and balconies on Thursday (March 26) at 4 p.m. MST.

Have you seen something to brighten your day around your neighbourhood? We are putting a call out to residents to share the good they've seen around their neighbourhoods.

Using the hashtags #BeWellYQL and #ABCares, residents are asked to tag the City on Facebook and Instagram with examples of uplifting art, kindness and positivity.