Nelson’s Kalein Centre wants to hear from socially isolated people willing to be photographed for an exhibit. Photo submitted

Nelson’s CLICK project seeks stories of social isolation

The Kalein Centre and Ursula Heller are working on a photo exhibit

Submitted by Kalein Centre

Are you feeling lonely or socially isolated? The Kalein Centre’s CLICK project wants to hear your story.

Social isolation and loneliness are growing worldwide (and will only be exacerbated by the social distancing measures recommended in the current pandemic). A former U.S. surgeon general has stated that social isolation is the biggest health threat facing the U.S., taking more years off one’s life than obesity. The U.K. government recently had a minister responsible for loneliness.

Are these issues local? The Kalein Centre, a non-profit Nelson-based organization, is looking for people who feel socially isolated or lonely (or those who have overcome it) to share their stories. Local photographer Ursula Heller, author and photographer of several books, is capturing black and white photographs of socially-isolated people for Kalein’s CLICK project. The project is looking for people of all ages, races and circumstances to bring light to the issue.

“By telling your story, we’re hoping to start the conversation that will break the stigma and silence around this social epidemic,” says the Kalein Centre’s Mike Stolte.

The photographs will be part of a community conversation at the Nelson Public Library in May and a Touchstones Museum exhibit in June.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the Kalein Centre at 250-352-3331 or by emailing


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

Just Posted

Vehicle incident causes Hwy 6 closure and power outages in Slocan Valley

A Thursday afternoon incident has closed the main highway in the Slocan Valley

Emergency dental clinic to open in Nelson during COVID-19 shutdowns

Only people with serious pain, infection, or trauma will be admitted

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

Blewett Elementary expansion denied provincial funding

The pre-approved $5-million plan would have added 112 seats to the packed school

Nelson product commits to Cranbrook Bucks

Noah Quinn will make the jump to Jr. A next year with the BCHL’s newest franchise

From inside the ER: B.C. doctor tells it like it is from the frontlines of COVID-19

‘Stay home. It’s working,’ says ER doctor in a Q&A discussion, ‘And please don’t worry.’

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Trudeau commits $100M to help food banks amid COVID-19 crisis

Funds will help ‘urgent food needs’ for Canadians awaiting federal emergency benefits to kick in

Couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas: Cowichan by-law

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

How well can cell phones carry COVID-19? Disinfecting may be wise

‘You want to keep it as clean as you would normally your hands’

3M pushes back on Trump administration call to stop sending N95 masks to Canada

3M says it has already been turning out as many of the N95 masks as possible

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Most Read