Task force unites business, political leaders in Richmond through COVID-19

Richmond News

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.”

This Winston Churchill quote was notable — even prescient — a year ago at the launch of the Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force, cited by then-president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Fan Chun.

The task force came together as a conduit of information between representatives from all levels of government, public health and a wide swath of public and private agencies in Richmond.

Chun said, in 30 years of business, he has never seen such a level of motivation and participation, showing how critical it is to quickly disseminate information to Richmondites in this kind of situation.

As daily announcements were coming from the province last March and into April, restricting movement, shutting down public spheres like schools and restaurants, a group in Richmond was trying to figure out the best way to communicate among three levels of government, public agencies and business leaders.

This led to the birth of the Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force, co-chaired by Chun and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in the first few uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic as things were rapidly evolving. …

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