The idea for this face mask project was conceived following announcements by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US and later Public Health Canada that the wearing of non-medical (cloth) masks could be a supplementary way – in addition to handwashing and physical distancing – that the public could protect itself when it was necessary to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, essential jobs or to take public transportation.
Community members researched what type of material and mask would be best and how they could be distributed while maintaining the required physical distance (two meters). Two members of our community, Diane Dubois and Natalie Brochu, graciously insisted on donating their time to make these masks. When the Government of Quebec approved the use of masks April 7, 2020 and we received the okay from the necessary local organizations, we were ready to go!
The masks will be sold for a recommended cost of $5 each. This price, much lower than handmade cloth masks available on the Internet, allows us to recover the cost of the materials and to donate to another local initiative under the CLD, Frigo Virtuel, which is providing food to those who need it.
The masks can be ordered by contacting Diane Dubois at email@example.com or 418-936-3158 or by calling Heritage at 418-936-3239.
IMPORTANT: THE MASKS DO NOT REPLACE HAND WASHING, PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND STAYING AT HOME TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
There is a bilingual instruction sheet given out with each mask on how to put it on and take it off and how to clean it.
Sandi de la Ronde HLSL Board member