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New West resident uses passion for writing to fight pandemic-related isolation

New West Letter Exchange starts June 5
Monique Stanley-Davy is using her passion for writing to help connect people who've been feeling isolated during the pandemic. The New Westminster Letter Exchange starts June 5.

A local resident is using their passion for writing to to help those who may be feeling isolated by the pandemic. 

The Downtown New Westminster BIA is supporting the New West Letter Exchange, an initiative created by Monique Stanley-Davy, a Douglas College student and published author.  Although Stanley-Davy moved to New Westminster just before the pandemic, they still feel the city provided a warm welcome – and now want to give back to the community by sharing their passion for writing and to reintroduce the lost art of a thoughtful handwritten note.

“I want to help the community feel connected during a time of such disconnect,” Stanley-Davy said in a press release. “I’ve created the New West Letter Exchange to share my passion with the community and encourage positivity through writing.”

Stanley-Davy will consider the project successful if it helps even one person feel less lonely during the pandemic.

Take a letter, leave a letter

The Downtown New West BIA believes the New West Letter Exchange provides residents with an opportunity to flex their penmanship skills and to connect with their neighbours.

Through the New West Letter Exchange, Stanley-Davy is encouraging people to put pen to paper to share an uplifting story or an inspiring message; no letter is too long or too short. The letters are an opportunity to share experiences and lessons with neighbours.

Once folks have written their letter, they’ll drop it off at the New West Letter Exchange, which is located on the Quayside Boardwalk near the Waterfront Esplanade entrance (along the waterfront at 10th Street or just west of the Inn at the Quay.)

“Your letter will not be the only one there,” said the press release. “When you drop off your letter, you get to take another home to enjoy. Then you can share the kind wisdom online using #nwletterxchange.”

The New West Letter Exchange starts Saturday, June 5. To keep up to date with the program, follow the official Instagram account @nwletterxchange.


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