When Toronto community activist Joan Howard started making face masks several months ago, little did she know that her “protective gear” would still be in great demand at this time – months later.
But the dreaded COVID-19 panademic has not yet ended.
As she pointed out, there is much talk among experts and about a “second wave.”
And so the Trinidad-born activist who is a member of the Board of Directors of the East View Community Centre in Toronto,remains busy at her sewing machine turning out hundred of masks for “people in need.”
Last May she donated more than 200 masks to food bank members at the Eastview Community Centre.
More recently, Howard made another 200 masks which were handed out to people entering Pape subway station. Joining her at the station for the distribution of the masks were Julie Dabrusin, MP for the Toronto Danforth riding, and another helper, Cherly Saunders, one of her neighbours.
Howard currently works with Communities for Zero Violence, an organization for mothers who have lost children to gun violence. (Kempton, one of her two sons, was murdered in 2003.)
The organization has been calling on the federal government to provide greater support for victims of gun violence.