Bronwen Menzies wants to lift up the spirits in her community by seeing homes lit up with Christmas lights. (Submitted photo)

COVID-19: Vancouver Island woman aims to bring some light to difficult situation

Menzies encourages residents to decorate their homes with Christmas lights

A Parksville woman hopes to spark a trend that will bring some light to the community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Browen Menzies says she is following the lead of some Nova Scotia residents, who have their communities sporting a Christmas feel put putting up decorative lights.

“If Nova Scotia can do it, we can do it, too,” said Menzies. “Why not? It’s a great idea. I just felt we should do something here.”

Menzies said there are already some lights up from Hilliers to Coombs and Parksville. She hopes more people would follow.

READ MORE: City of Parksville says playgrounds off-limits due to COVID-19 concerns

READ MORE: Comprehensive coronavirus coverage here

She is calling for residents to put up their Christmas lights to help overshadow the uncertainty brought by the coronavirus situation.

“It was quite beautiful what they started in Nova Scotia,” said Menzies, who spotted the trend on social media.

Robert Richardson, who lives in Elmsdale, N.S., announced he would be turning on his Christmas lights, that shine multiple colours on his house, as a way to spread some cheer.

The response to his post was overwhelming from Maritimers, some going all out.

Menzies wants Parksville Qualicum Beach neighbourhoods to deck their homes with bright lights to boost community spirits.

“We can do it,” said Menzies. “We need this. I was driving through town and everything’s almost dead. It’s eerie.”

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

ChristmasCoronavirusParksvillevancouverisland

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Antibody tests could be the next step in fighting COVID-19, Island doctor says

The blood test could show if a person is recovering or has recovered from the virus

Greater Victoria resident shares joy in horseshoe pitching competitions from home

Horseshoe Pitching Online offers everyone the chance to compete

Life mimics art for actors in play about pandemic

Performers from Oak Bay theatre school see parallels with recent play based on 1918 Spanish flu

“Isolation is normal for us,” says Saanich dad with cystic fibrosis

Gordon Head man says now’s the time to approve life-saving cystic fibrosis drug

Victoria business still busy as people turn to books while in self-isolation

Russell Books says certain genres have gained popularity during COVID-19

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

B.C. Ferries passengers staying away, as asked, during COVID-19 pandemic

Ferry corporation says ridership down 70-80 per cent over the last week and a half

Sewers stitch masks to free up supplies for front-line health-care workers

“We have little old ladies sewing up a storm,” said Joan Davis

Experts weigh in on best handling of groceries during COVID-19 pandemic

Study suggests the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic

COVID-19 world update: Enforceable quarantine in NYC?; France orders 1 billion masks

Spain warns EU’s future at stake; New York governor calls Trump’s idea ‘federal declaration of war

B.C. COVID-19 cases rise 92 to 884, one more death, 81 in care

Outbreak action underway in 12 long-term care homes

B.C. veterinarians want to smooth the fur of COVID-19-worried pet owners

Vets expect to continue giving your fur buddies the help they need while social distancing

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

Most Read