Like so many of you, the West Edmonton Promenaders (WEP) members have been saddened that it has not been possible to return to our evenings of dancing and socializing over the past several months. While the health of our members, family, friends, neighbours and communities has been all of our priority, we all still feel the absence of seeing each other on a regular basis.
WEP members have decided to temporarily pause dancing until it is safe for everyone to gather and be together again. We have cancelled our upcoming dance season of September 2020 – April 2021, and will regroup in the summer of 2021 to reassess the situation.
On a positive note, it has been great to hear about people continuing to keep up with each other through increased good old-fashioned phone calls, e-mails and the occasional socially-distanced visits outdoors when the weather has been nice. And it’s been a challenging but rewarding experience as some of us have finally figured out how to have video calls! The whole world is figuring it out – we might as well figure it out too!
WEP members are a generous group and have always supported charitable organizations like the Food Bank and the WIN House. Unfortunately, because dances will not be occurring, there will not be the opportunity for the club to contribute to charities this year. We would like to encourage everyone to think of those that are in significant need during this pandemic, and those that continue to have challenges regardless of the pandemic. Please consider directly supporting organizations and activities that will benefit those that need a little or a lot of extra help during these times.
We hope everyone remains well, both physically and emotionally. Reach out when you need to. And we hope to see everyone again in the not too distant future!