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Patching our quilt

The Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council is inviting our communities to share your stories of resilience and health! In this eight week event, we will post stories that together with your reflection, inspiration and participation will demonstrate how when faced with adversity, we turn to our community and connections. Join our weekly discussions and engage with our interactive tools. Help us patch our quilt with uplifting and positive stories of our personal and community resilience.

Capturing Resilience

Photography can spur emotion, connection and conversation. This week, we share with you the intimate work of Dr. Patterson, an emergency physician in Calgary, as she captures and documents front line healthcare staff experiences during the pandemic. Her provocative photography allows us a glimpse behind the doors of the hospital where care and sometimes chaos prevails. Your emotions will be stirred and we hope that you too will share your COVID-19 photography as part of the quilt project.

Take a look at Dr. Patterson’s photos and read her story here.

Click here to help us honor, document, and remember the past and inspire hope for the future by sharing your favourite COVID-19 photo.


Patching our quilt

The Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council is inviting our communities to share your stories of resilience and health! In this eight week event, we will post stories that together with your reflection, inspiration and participation will demonstrate how when faced with adversity, we turn to our community and connections. Join our weekly discussions and engage with our interactive tools. Help us patch our quilt with uplifting and positive stories of our personal and community resilience.

Capturing Resilience

Photography can spur emotion, connection and conversation. This week, we share with you the intimate work of Dr. Patterson, an emergency physician in Calgary, as she captures and documents front line healthcare staff experiences during the pandemic. Her provocative photography allows us a glimpse behind the doors of the hospital where care and sometimes chaos prevails. Your emotions will be stirred and we hope that you too will share your COVID-19 photography as part of the quilt project.

Take a look at Dr. Patterson’s photos and read her story here.

Click here to help us honor, document, and remember the past and inspire hope for the future by sharing your favourite COVID-19 photo.


  • Capturing resilience

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    Story and photos submitted by Heather Patterson in partnership with Andrew Nguyen, Prairie Mountain HAC member.

    My name is Heather Patterson and I am an emergency physician and photographer. I have been photographing inside of Calgary’s 5 hospitals for the past 7 months. This wellness focused project reminds hospital workers of the value and impact of our work, and respectfully shares the stories of patients and families.

    For me, the human connection with patients and colleagues is why I chose this career and it is what has kept me going during the pandemic. As I photograph, I am able to see with clarity, the importance of kindness and empathy for all those in the hospital – patients and families and also health care workers and non-clinical support staff. This has helped me appreciate the silver lining of the pandemic: teamwork, adaptability, resilience and most of all, a celebration of what we can accomplish when we work together.

    See Heather's photos and amazing stories below.

    Click here to help us honor, document, and remember the past and inspire hope for the future by sharing your favourite COVID-19 photo.


    The Peter Lougheed Emergency Department hallways are filled with messages and pictures from school children in Calgary. Support and messages from the community have brought me joy on the difficult days in the ED.

    This image of a senior nurse holding the hand of a patient prior to intubation captures one of the many ways that we support our patients through difficult times.

    Vaccination has offered hope and relief to healthcare workers. This photo taken in early January shows an emergency nurse vaccinating and emergency physician.


    One of the key times in a resuscitation occurs 5 minutes prior to the patient arrival. Team members coordinate roles and the leader assigns priorities and sets the scene for what will happen during the case. I find images of teamwork in the ED visually staggering – so many people caring for a single individual.


    Moving an ICU patient into the prone position (on the stomach) to improve oxygen levels takes a team of 7-12 people. For me, images like this one, emphasize the amazing teamwork that is seen every day in the ICU.

    Some of the most meaningful images of this project have been ones of recovery. This patient, who I followed throughout his hospital stay, has since recovered and is at home with his family. His story of recovery has offered health care workers hope and inspiration to keep going during difficult times.


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  • Hiking to build resilience

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    Our next patch is from Prairie Mountain HAC member Linda Humphreys. Linda says that being part of the Ramblers hiking group out of Turner Valley has brought improved physical fitness, mental health and friendships for many including young families to octogenarian. See the beautiful all season photos and hear the stories of hope, inspiration and resilience in this video.

    Share your favourite outdoor adventure stories in the comments section below!


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  • Cooking through COVID-19

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    Be part of our community cookbook project! On your own, with your friends, or with your family, help us weave your story of resilience through cooking into a larger community story. We have some recipes and stories started, but we need your unique contribution to tell the whole story of how Albertans faced Covid 19 while enjoying our favourite recipes. Like a quilt, stories and food warm and comfort us. You can also submit recipes to be added to the cookbook by emailing us at community.engagement@ahs.ca.

    Check out the recipes and stories from community members here.

    Share your favourite recipes in the comments.

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  • The role of companion animals in our resiliency

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    Story submitted by Judy Walbridge, Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council Member

    The chronic stress of COVID 19 is not unlike the aftermath of the 2013 High River flood when many of the things we valued were suddenly lost for reasons well beyond our control. Much like the pandemic, the flood was a time of trauma, separation, and grief as well as heroism and community spirit as strangers pulled together in the years that followed with the common goal of bouncing back. As I think back to being rescued with my pets by boat from my front doorstep, I still recall the firefighters’ laughter when they learned that my elderly dog was named Noah!

    Through my work with AHS Addiction and Mental Health and the local animal shelter, many stories of resiliency subsequently emerged highlighting how significant companion animals have been in times of adversity. Pets that survived the flood provided our community with a much-needed dose of normalcy and kept us going when it seemed the world around us was in chaos—one more example of ‘patching our quilt’.

    You can take a look at Judy's presentation, including some wonderful stories and articles, here.

    You can also watch the videos related to this topic here:


    Share your favourite stories of your pets, or how they've helped you get through COVID-19 in the comments below.

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  • Learning in times of change

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    Covid- 19 changed the world for most of us. For many it has meant separation from our families and friends, working from home, masks, social isolation, and sadly for some illness and death.

    And yet, despite all of this, people and communities have rallied to find alternative ways to connect and support one another. Audrey’s quilting story highlights how sometimes, if you are willing to try something new, an opportunity may present itself and could change your life in the most positive way..

    See Audrey’s beautiful quilts and her story here.

    In the comments tell us about the activities or hobbies that you have challenged yourself with during the pandemic.

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