Ursula Heller’s photos of people experiencing social isolation are part of the Kalein Centre’s CLICK! project.

Nelson library and Kalen Centre host community conversation on social isolation

This is a Zoom event hosted by Mike Stolte on June 18

Submitted by Nelson Public Library

Social isolation and loneliness have social, health and emotional impacts — and it’s time to start talking about it. The Kalein Centre and Nelson Public Library invite you to take part in a conversation online on June 18 at 7 p.m. As part of this discussion, Ursula Heller will share her photos of local residents experiencing social isolation and loneliness. This online event continues conversations started by the Kalein Centre’s CLICK! project.

CLICK represents both the sound a camera makes and what happens when people meet and have a connection. Over the last year L.V. Rogers students and elders shared experiences and took photos related to the topics of social isolation and loneliness.

“They really couldn’t believe how similar their experiences of social isolation were,” reflects Kalein Centre board member Mike Stolte. “Talking about it in this way helped everyone develop better strategies for coping, created beautiful intergenerational connections and allowed participants to feel they were not alone.”

Social isolation and loneliness is a timely topic in the age of COVID-19, but not a new one. “It’s really important for us to come together as a community, have an informed conversation on it, and try to reduce isolation’s social and health impacts, which are shown to be more harmful than smoking or obesity,” says Stolte.

To register for this Zoom event, call the Nelson Public Library at 250-352-6333 to register or email hgoldik@nelson.ca.

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