‘Pour Moi, Pour Québec’ encourages public participation in COVID fight

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Dr. André Dontigny, the director of public health for the Capitale-Nationale region, spoke about the new public engagement initiative “Pour Moi, Pour Québec” at a recent press conference held near Place d’Armes. Other speakers included Bonhomme Carnaval, Rouge et Or receiver Mathieu Robitaille, dancer Ophélie Bégin and Miyano Sakai, chef and owner of Tora-Ya Ramen restaurant (missing from this photo).

On Dec. 19, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale held a press conference at Place d’Armes in Old Quebec, where Dr. André Dontigny, the director of public health for the Capitale-Nationale region, presented the objectives of “Pour Moi, Pour Québec,” a campaign aimed at getting the public involved in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

The campaign consists of personal statements by well-known Quebecers, explaining what they are doing to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging others to do the same.

Local celebrities from many walks of life joined the campaign, including Mathieu Robitaille, receiver for the Université Laval Rouge et Or football team; dancer Ophélie Bégin; Miyano Sakai, chef and owner of Tora-Ya Ramen restaurant; and the one and only Bonhomme Carnaval.

Each gave a personal statement about steps they are taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 in order to eventually return to a more normal life. Pre-recorded videos of them and of other influencers can be seen on the pourmoipourquebec.ca website (in French).

There is also a link on that site to the Public Health Agency of Canada website, which provides detailed information in both official languages about the current COVID-19 situation, including updates on vaccines, travel restrictions, financial support and ways to limit the spread of the virus.