The Front Line Faces Project Quinte is a grassroots movement aimed at bringing recognition, appreciation, and empowerment to the often oversighted, hard-working individuals in essential service roles within our community.
What is a Front Line Worker
Front Line Worker is defined as ‘key workers’ who are critical to the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services within Canada.
What is an Advocate?
According to Merriam Webster, an Advocate is:
- One who pleads the cause of another
- One who defends or maintains a cause or proposal
- One who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group
Front Line Faces Project Quinte
During these uncertain times, it’s very easy to see the bad news everywhere we look. People are sick, we are isolated away from those we love, and cities of all sizes are shut down. But who is keeping things moving while we wait for COVID19 to gracefully bow out?
Let me introduce you to the Front Line Faces Project Quinte. An initiative started by Belleville native Whitney Black, a local RMT. Her objective is to bring into perspective the faces fighting for us, in the hopes of spreading the message that the battle is real, and to let all front line workers know, we value and appreciate what they are doing for us.
Through social distancing, Whitney meets with front line workers to capture their profile and get a sense of what their duties entail during this pandemic. Whitney met with James (Depot Attendant), Stacey and Bob (both drivers), and here is the result!
James’ responsibility at the Depot is to manage all recyclable materials that are brought into the self-serve recycling depot. He keeps the area clean from garbage and other unacceptable materials.
We also see quite a bit of medical waste come into our facility which is an on-going problem. When a needle is spotted on the sort line, all the materials are removed. James will suit up in his PPE and sort through all the materials to pull out dirty needles, face masks, breathing tubes – you name it. It’s a dirty job and he does it with pride!
Stacey is the only female collection driver out of 21 drivers. She makes around 900 stops a day collecting recyclable materials from over 1,800 blue boxes.
Even in the best of times, collecting recycling isn’t an easy job. During our current self-isolation order, waste collection is even more important than ever. Stacey is very diligent in her job duties and takes the time to meticulously sort through blue boxes to ensure no medical waste and dirty paper products (Kleenex and paper towels) end up at the sorting facility.
Bob, who has had his crane operator’s license, has been working as a collection driver for the last 7 years. Bob decided that he wanted to finish out his working career servicing the community in which he lives. He thoroughly enjoys the interaction he has with the residents, with his favourite being the little ones who get a kick out of the recycling truck. He’s always ready to lend a hand and help an elderly person with their blue boxes. If Bob had a middle name, it would be ‘Community’.
What They Had To Say After
“I have learned that is so much more than a recycling plant—lt is a place where silent leaders dedicate their lives to making Our community a cleaner and safer place to be. I am humbled, and I am excited to have the opportunity to share the faces and small moments in the lives of Stacey, James and Bob. I am sure on the grander scale, the staff of Quinte Waste Solutions are a direct reflection of these three incredibly dedicated and hard-working people. Humbly enlightened by this experience, I thank you all once again, for your service to the residents of Quinte and surrounding areas, and for participation in the #FrontLineFacesProjectQuinte.”
As you can see, the results captured so much more than just faces. We can see 3 people who represent a larger organization. We see 3 people who are confronted with the danger of COVID19 every day. We were truly honoured to be a part of this initiative and we encourage you to as well! If you or someone you know if providing front line work during this time, reach out to the Front Line Faces Project Quinte. You can reach Whitney at [email protected] or find her on Instagram at @frontlinefacesprojectquinte.