Pandemic Postcard Project creates record of the times

Salt Spring Literacy collecting and sharing submissions


Salt Spring Literacy has launched a local edition of The Pandemic Postcard Project.

Initiated by Literacy Alberni, the project fosters community connection and legacy-keeping through storytelling and sharing.

“We’re inviting everyone in our community — as individuals or as families, partners, roommates, work teams, etc. — to share their stories, thoughts, struggles, successes, lessons learned, blessings given or received, and resolutions made during this moment in history . . . on postcards,” SSL states in a press release.

Submissions must fit on a 5X7-inch postcard. They can use text, artwork, photos or a combination of elements. Postcards can be picked up and dropped off at Country Grocer and Apple Photo, or templates can be printed at home and glued onto tagboard or a piece of cereal box.

Suggested ideas for content include:

• A poem or story;

• A photo of your memories – people, places, adventures;

• A recipe;

• Screen captures of meaningful conversations & chats;

• Expressing of thoughts or feelings through art or words;

• A page from a journal;

• Kids could draw the best and worst parts of their experiences in the past weeks;

• Sharing the things that you miss the most, or the things that you don’t.

Some postcards will be shared through social media and some will form part of a display at the Salt Spring Public Library. All postcards will be donated to the Salt Spring Archives for posterity.

A copy of the collection will also be sent to the archives in Port Alberni for their project and some of the cards will be selected for a book to be published by Literacy Alberni.

People should include their first name, age (optional), and island/town of residence. Postcards can be mailed to the address pre-printed on the postcard, dropped in the Pandemic Postcard box at Country Grocer or Apple Photo; or digital/scanned or text-only submissions could be emailed to SSL executive director Stella Weinert at, who can also provide more information, if needed.

“We encourage those with young learners in their family to practise their literacy skills through a hands-on creation,” said Weinert.

Postcards can also be dropped off to teachers for class-project use by contacting Weinert.

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