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Staying Connected

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and avoid making non-essential trips in the community. Here are some ways you can practice physical distancing, while staying connected socially.

Have ideas? Share them with us! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share how you’re staying connected while doing your part to physically isolate.


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June is Recreation and Parks Month!

Visit the June is Recreation and Parks Month page for updates and ongoing activities for the month of June.

Things to Do

Recreation and General Interests Activities

Keep busy and get creative! Try a free cooking class, get creative with a new craft or keep active. Choose from a variety of free activities and videos below and share your experience on social using the hashtag #StayingConnected

Games

Arts and Crafts

Cooking

Science

Music and Dance

Active Living

Educational

Programs for Seniors

Seniors' Centre Without Walls

Connecting People With Phone Activities

Whitby's 55+ Recreation Services is pleased to offer this FREE telephone program featuring interesting topics as well as friendly conversation for our residents age 55+. Sponsored by a grant from Ontario Ministry of Seniors, this program operates in conjunction with the Whitby Public Library.

From Monday to Thursday (with the exception of statutory holidays) simply phone in to the session by following these easy directions:

1. Dial 905.430.4900
2. Listen for the prompt and then press 9 6 9 6 1 6 #
3. You will then hear the moderator for the call

The one-hour sessions take place at the following times:

Monday – 10:00 -11:00 am
Tuesday – 10:00 -11:00 am
Wednesday – 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday – 10:00 - 11:00 am

Discover Your Virtual Library

Whitby Library

Digital Collection

The Library is closed but our digital collections are open! 

From bestselling books (in eBook and eAudio formats) to blockbuster movies, your favourite music, magazines and newspapers—our virtual library has something for everyone. Pursue career goals with lynda.com tutorials, learn cooking fundamentals with a hoopla video or teach your kids the joy of reading with animated, talking Tumble Books—all you need is your Whitby Public Library card.

Online Programs

While our buildings are closed our staff continue to explore innovative ways to connect with you — and to connect you with each other. Whitby Public Library now offers a number of online programs.

No library card? No problem!

New patrons can apply for a library card online. 

While our Central Library and branches are closed, we will not be accepting returns of library materials until further notice. 
Due dates and holds expiry dates will be extended. Fines will be suspended.

Virtual Tours/Theme Rides/Escape Rooms

A great indoor activity – take a virtual tour of a museum, virtually visit a National Park or ride a roller coaster!

Earth-Friendly Activities


Share the Love

Whitby Well Wishes

In an effort to bridge the gap with isolation measures, the Town has launched a new digital initiative called, “Whitby Well Wishes” which will provide a cheerful boost to seniors homes in our community who cannot accept visitors during these unprecedented times.

Well Wishes

We are calling on residents of all ages to help us out! Follow these simple steps to get your artistic juices flowing and help spread some cheer to seniors in our community. 

  1. Click on the image below to download your favourite colouring page
  2. Once complete, scan your masterpiece and email it to: wellwishes@whitby.ca
  3. You can also share your masterpiece on Twitter and @TownofWhitby using the hashtag #WhitbyWellWishes
  4. The Town will distribute completed artwork to seniors homes in our community 

Colouring Pages

Choose from a variety of colouring pages below. Click on the thumbnail to open the PDF and print off the colouring sheet from home. When complete, scan and email your PDF to: wellwishes@whitby.ca.

Beginner

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Intermediate 

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 FAQ

What if I don’t have access to a scanner?
Download a free scanner app available through the App store or Google Play

Will my artwork be anonymous?
Yes. In an effort to make this an anonymous gesture, please do not include any personal information on your artwork.

Do you work for a Seniors Home and would like to get on our distribution list? 
The Town will work with Seniors Services to mail these pieces to local seniors homes. If you would like to be a part of our distribution list please email wellwishes@whitby.ca

Show off your work by tagging us on Twitter or Facebook and using the hashtag #WhitbyWellWishes so we can share to our social media community!


We’re in this together

We’re in this together. Below are some ideas to virtually connect with friends and family, and resources to help you should you need them.

Making Virtual Connections

Try using your favourite video calling software to:

  • Host a virtual board game night
  • Have dinner with friends
  • Do a photo scavenger hunt, sharing photos virtually with participants
  • Host an online sewing or knitting circle
  • Host an online book club

Mental Health and Well-being Resources

Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or need someone to talk to? View the links below to find information and resources to support you.

#MindVine from Ontario Shores

Durham Region

Canadian Mental Health Association - Durham

Durham Mental Health Services

Lakeridge Health 


Caring for Our Community

Temporary Rest Stop for Truck Drivers at Iroquois Park Sports Centre

The Town of Whitby has opened a temporary truck driver rest stop at Iroquois Park Sports Centre (500 Victoria Street West) in an effort to support drivers who have been impacted by the closure of facilities due to COVID-19. The facility is located just off of Highway 401, providing a quick place for short- and long-haul drivers to stop as they travel across Ontario.

The rest stop will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting today, providing drivers with a place to shower, change and use washroom facilities. Read our Media Release for more details.

Fire Hall Food Donations Drop Off Locations

The Town is committed to supporting its most vulnerable residents. That’s why, as of today, all residents are invited to drop off non-perishable food items to the following Whitby Fire Halls:

  • Fire Hall 1: 6745 Baldwin Street, Brooklin
  • Fire Hall 3: 1501 Brock Street South, Whitby
  • Fire Hall 4: 734 Dundas Street West, Whitby
  • Fire Hall 5: (Headquarters) 111 McKinney Drive, Whitby

All items received will be donated to local food banks to help those in need.

Violence Against Women Shelters

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential services of the four “Violence Against Women” (VAW) shelters in Durham Region are open to support women with and without children who are experiencing violence and abuse.

Trained and experienced counselors are ready to take your calls 24/7, and will help you to identify your options and resources.

VAW Shelters in Durham

  • The Denise House 905.728.7311 or 1.800.263.3725
  • Y’sWISH 905.576.2997 or 1.888.576.2997
  • Herizon House 905.426.1064 or 1.866.437.4066
  • Bethesda House 905.623.6045 or 1.800.338.3397

Support for Whitby Seniors

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, our Whitby Seniors' Activity Centre has developed a number of programs to support our seniors and help them stay connected. These programs include Seniors' Centre Without Walls and the Seniors Connection Line. Visit whitby.ca/seniors to learn more.