This week in Edmonton, key buildings will shine in gratitude for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic—nurses, doctors, epidemiologists, public health experts, custodial staff, managers, support staff of all stripes, researchers and everyone, near and far, who fights, treats, comforts and informs.
Blue is the colour of the World Health Organization. Blue and green are the colours of Alberta Health Services.
The High Level Bridge is blue and green for them.
The historic Rossdale Power Plant is lit for them.
The Muttart Conservatory shines for them.
And City Hall, in the heart of downtown Edmonton, glows in the darkness for them.
Nicole Poirier is the City of Edmonton’s Director of Civic Events and Festivals. She explained the light tribute.
“The High Level Bridge is recognized as the ‘voice’ for Edmonton,” said Poirier. “Its lights celebrate and build community spirit.
“The lights on City Hall, the Muttart Conservatory and the Rossdale Power Plant have joined the tribute to people here and around the world who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want them to see their efforts reflected.”
For Kory Hunt, a member of the City of Edmonton electricians team who keep the lights on, the tribute is personal. Hunt, whose zone includes City Hall, has a family member who works in health care.
“They show up to the hospital every shift and give it all they’ve got,” he said.
Hunt said he was thrilled when Jenny Baker, the City’s Civic Precinct Liaison, asked him to help on the City Hall pyramid colours.
“These health care workers have our back and we need them to know we have theirs, too,” said Hunt. “Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping our friends and family in good health.”
The buildings will be lit blue and green through Friday, March 27, 2020.