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Women Are Leading Canada’s Public Health Response To The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak - Forbes

Judging by numbers of deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, the country has been handling the coronavirus outbreak comparatively well. Less than 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in total, despite it being one of the first countries outside of China to report cases back in late January.

However, not everything is rosy in Canada and there are few positives to come from an outbreak in which hundreds of people have lost their lives. For example, around half of these deaths have been in long-term care homes, a national tragedy that shows few signs of easing anytime soon and there has also been justified criticism of testing capacity in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.

But, one of these rare positives may just be that Canada seems to have some new heroes this spring. Perhaps surprisingly, they aren’t hockey players due to be playing in NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs now, or members of the reigning NBA champions, the Toronto Raptors. They are Canada’s public health officials, the majority of whom are women.

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From Behind the Scenes to the Forefront: Canada’s Public Health Officers - New York Times

This week I had the opportunity speak to Dr. Bonnie Henry. Before coronavirus and Covid-19 had entered my vocabulary, I had never heard of British Columbia’s provincial health officer.

Now, it feels like she has become one of the most famous and beloved people in Canada.

She has inspired fan clubs, musical tributes, T-shirts and street art. Musician and lawyer Phil Dwyer wrote a ballad about her that his friends and son helped him record and mix remotely. Two days after it was uploaded to SoundCloud, the song had been listened to 20,000 times.

“We all share this person who comes and talks to us every day. The interesting thing is she is delivering, for the most part, really awful news: more people sick, more people dead, more people going to die. But somehow, the way she does it and the level of empathy she shows, it just seems like she is the right person for us at this time,” Mr. Dwyer, who lives on Vancouver Island, told me. “She is who we needed.”

In Calgary, clothing designers hooked up with a local artist to make 1,100 T-shirts featuring the face of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and three other newly famous female health officers. They quickly sold out. “She’s someone we trust, because there is no political layer,” said Emma May, a designer on the project who normally makes women’s business attire. “She has no agenda. Her agenda is science.”

Read more at The New York Times 

Calgary fashion brands celebrate Canada’s top female medical officers with T-shirts - The Globe and Mail

Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto. SophieGrace founder Emma May says there will be a limited run of no more than 300 or 400 shirts.

Read more at The Globe and Mail

More T-shirts recognizing Canada's first women of health - National Post

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, in conjunction with local artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited-edition collection of T-shirts celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stobo, known for her “bad portraits”, created unique images of Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, B.C.’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam. She made the files available at stoboart.com to all who wanted to pay homage to these doctors at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus spread.

Read more at the National Post

CANADIAN CLOTHING DESIGNERS LAUNCH FUNDRAISING T-SHIRTS FEATURING CANADA’S HEALTH HEROINES - HOLR Magazine

Aside from social-distancing and washing our hands for at least 20 seconds, if there is one other thing we can do during this uncertain time, it is to show our gratitude and appreciation to our frontline workers who are continuously working hard each and every day to meet our needs. So to all those who are mandatorily out at work, you have our utmost respect and a massive THANK YOU!

However, Calgary-based clothing designers, SophieGrace and Madame Premier are going far and beyond when it comes to acknowledging the hard work of our front liners by celebrating some of Canada’s public health leaders. Madame Premier and SophieGrace have teamed up with the artist, Mandy Stobo, to create limited edition tees that recognize three of Canada’s public health heroines during the COVID-19 outbreak. Stobo’s expressive art defined by watercolour and sharpie detailing illustrated each of the portraits of Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia; Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta; Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

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Tops Honour Health Heroines - Vita Daily

Calgary fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, along with artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited-edition collection of T-shirts ($45 each) celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak: Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia; Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta; and Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, Canada.

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More T-shirts recognizing Canada's first women of health - Calgary Herald

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, in conjunction with local artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited-edition collection of T-shirts celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stobo, known for her “bad portraits”, created unique images of Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, B.C.’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam. She made the files available at stoboart.com to all who wanted to pay homage to these doctors at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus spread.

Read more at the Calgary Herald

Interview with Emma May - CTV Calgary Morning Show

Original Interview at CTV.ca

Calgary Fashion Brands Collaborate with Artist to Honour Women in Public Health - Style Democracy

Healthcare professionals are the heroes that don’t wear capes. And right now, during the COVID-19 global health crisis, they’re working harder than ever. Many of them are working days without relief and are putting their own lives at risk to save others.

No words can describe how thankful we are for the doctors, nurses, and others that sacrifice their time. But there are a couple of ways we can help them and our Canadian communities. The best way is to isolate, which lowers the risk of spreading the coronavirus to others. The fewer people who need to go to the hospital, the less overwhelmed our healthcare system will feel. Another way to help out is to donate.


Two Canadian designers have teamed up to create t-shirts honouring three prominent women working in public health.

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Two Calgary Fashion Brands Have Created T-Shirts to Celebrate Canada’s Public Health Heroines - FASHION

In times of adversity, it’s always refreshing to see the ways in which the human race draws together to support one another. Case in point: amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two Calgary-based designers have joined forces to create a limited edition collection of T-shirts in celebration of three of Canada’s public health heroines.

Brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier have released three T-shirts – one depicting Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officer of British Columbia, another with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of Alberta and one with Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada. The shirts are made from 100 per cent Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton (meaning they’re incredibly soft) and the designs were created by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo. Read more at Fashion

Calgary fashion brands collaborate with artist to honour women in public health - NUVO

In a time of crisis, as we have seen, humanity has an infinite capacity for creativity and compassion. It is often in trying times that people turn to artists for comfort and understanding. Across Canada, commerce is being redirected from individualism and profit toward charity, and socially conscious brands are rising to the occasion when given the opportunity to help others. Calgary fashion houses Madame Premier and SophieGrace are two such companies. Read more at NUVO

Celebrating our health heroines: Fashion philanthropy - Dress to kill magazine

Amid this Coronavirus pandemic our health officials and practitioners near and far have become our celebrities. The health heroines (and heroes) at the front lines, who usually find themselves behind the scenes, are now well known names. As Canadians sit glued to their devices to learn of any health developments and updates. In a heartwarming move, Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, along with artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited edition collection of t-shirts celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The t-shirts feature the brightly coloured brush strokes of portrait artist Mandy Stobo and illustrates three health heroines we have come to quickly know. Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta, and Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, feature in the collection. The Calgary based artist known as @badportraits on Instagram created the series, and made the files available to all who wanted to pay homage to these Canadian public health doctors. The two fashion brands SophieGrace (sophisticated separates) and Madame Premier (a politically minded brand) got involved to do their part.

“Both of our brands are focused on honouring women and celebrating their success. Seeing these incredible women of science help guide and calm us through these unprecedented times inspired us to do something to help,”

—Emma May, Founder, SophieGrace.

Read more at Dress to Kill

You can buy a Dr. Deena Hinshaw T-Shirt from a Calgary-based designer- DailyHive

Alberta folk hero, internet sensation, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw is one of the subjects for a fundraiser dedicated to ease local food insecurity.

Calgary artist Mandy Stobo has created three portraits of Canadian public health heroines: our own beloved Dr. Hinshaw; Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of BC; and Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

The portraits are featured on a limited-edition collection of t-shirts by Canadian fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, and 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these shirts will be going to local initiatives in Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Food Bank), Calgary (Fresh Routes), and Toronto (Second Harvest) to support food security for vulnerable citizens.

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These t-shirts honour Canada's female Public Health Heroines, and raise money for local food banks - Vancouver is Awesome

For many Canadians, our public health officers have been a comforting voice of reason during these turbulent times of the COVID-19 crisis.

In British Columbia, six days a week we have been tuning in to watch Dr. Bonnie Henry, Chief Medical Officer of British Columbia, offer updates on the number of cases in the province, as well as new measures and orders put in place to keep the population safe.

Nationally, we have Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, reminding us to heed the warnings that COVID-19 is a serious health threat.

And in neighbouring Alberta, residents are turning to Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta, to keep them apprised of the latest where they live.

To celebrate these women who are keeping us informed, analyzing data, connecting with political leaders, and often helping us remain calm (and at home), a Calgary-based effort is helping us honour our Public Health Heroines while helping many in need in our communities.

The Public Health Heroines project brought together fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier with artist Mandy Stobo to create and launch a set of three t-shirts.

Each t-shirt depicts one of the country's three female public health officers: Henry, Hinshaw, and Tam.

Read more at Vancouver Is Awesome

How the Canadian Fashion Industry is Responding to COVID-19 - Elle Canada

Other Canadian brands are also contributing to the pandemic response. Vancouver-based Vessi Footwear is donating a thousand pairs of their lightweight and waterproof knit sneakers to frontline medical workers across Canada. Toronto-based intimate apparel brand Knixwear has started a GoFundMe to raise money for personal protective equipment (masks, gowns and gloves). Calgary-based brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier have collaborated with artist Mandy Stobo on a trio of limited edition t-shirts featuring portraits of Bonnie Henry (chief medical officer of British Columbia), Deena Hinshaw (chief medical officer of Alberta) and Theresa Tam (Canada’s chief public health officer). All of the net proceeds from sales of this collection will be donated to local organizations supporting food security: Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

Read more at Elle Canada

These Ts Featuring Canada’s Public Health Officers Are The COVID-19 Fashion We Need - Refinery 29

There are thousands of health-care professionals working tirelessly around the country in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As they put their wellbeing on the line each day while many of us are just trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix to pass the time, it’s easy to feel like we aren’t doing enough to help. That’s why Emma May, the founder of Calgary brand SophieGrace, decided to design a limited-edition collection of t-shirts to celebrate Canada’s “public health heroines,” who are leading the efforts to fight the coronavirus across the country.

Designed in collaboration with her friends, artist Mandy Stobo of @badportraits and Sarah Elder-Chamanara of the feminist fashion line Madame Premier, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the three shirts will go to charities that support food security around the country (Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary, and Second Harvest in Toronto). The shirts feature Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the Chief Medical Officers of British Columbia and Alberta respectively, and Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

“Our social duty is to stay home and do nothing, which is great, but for a lot of us we think, How else can I contribute?,” says May, who has been following Hinshaw “religiously.” “So, this was about honouring these three women who have been the pinnacles of hope we look to everyday that Canadians really trust.”

Read more at Refinery 29

Calgary fashion brands create T-shirts celebrating Canada's women of health fighting the coronavirus - Fort McMurray Today

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, in conjunction with local artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited-edition collection of T-shirts celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stobo, known for her “bad portraits”, created unique images of Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, B.C.’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam. She made the files available at stoboart.com to all who wanted to pay homage to these doctors at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus spread.

Read more at Fort McMurray Today

Coronavirus: T-shirts with portraits of Canada’s top doctors on sale for charity - Global News

A Calgary business has released three limited edition T-shirts featuring some of Canada’s top doctors, who have become the faces of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Madame Premier, in collaboration with SophieGrace, has produced shirts featuring Alberta’s chief health officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, B.C.’s chief health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Canada’s chief health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

Madame Premier founder Sarah Elder-Chamanara says the idea came from Emma May of Sophie Grace, who suggested they produce a shirt featuring a portrait of Hinshaw that artist Mandy Stobo shared on social media.

 

Read more at Global News

Two Calgary Fashion Brands Have Created T-Shirts to Celebrate Canada’s Public Health Heroines - House Essentials

In times of adversity, it’s always refreshing to see the ways in which the human race draws together to support one another. Case in point: amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, two Calgary-based designers have joined forces to create a limited edition collection of T-shirts in celebration of three of Canada’s public health heroines.

Brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier have released three T-shirts – one depicting Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officer of British Columbia, another with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of Alberta and one with Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada. The shirts are made from 100 per cent Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton (meaning they’re incredibly soft) and the designs were created by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo.

Read more at HouseEssentials.co 

Calgary fashion brands create T-shirts celebrating Canada's women of health fighting the coronavirus - North Bay Nugget

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier, in conjunction with local artist Mandy Stobo, have created a limited-edition collection of T-shirts celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stobo, known for her “bad portraits”, created unique images of Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, B.C.’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam. She made the files available at stoboart.com to all who wanted to pay homage to these doctors at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus spread.

Read more at North Bay Nugget

B.C. COVID-19 hero Dr. Bonnie Henry gets her own T-shirt - The Georgia Straight

She's the voice of calm helping you weather the storm through her daily updates, and now you can give her the props she deserves--plus give to charity--by sporting a new limited-edition T-shirt.

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier have collaborated on a limited-edition T-shirt emblazoned with a stylized image of Dr. Bonnie Henry, chief medical officer of British Columbia. The portrait is by Calgary artist Mandy Sobo.

Henry has attracted praise throughout the crisis, even spawning a social-media "Bonnie Henry Fan Club", where followers have called her "erudite, truthful, candid", and "an incredible leader and absolute badass".

She's one of three Canadian public health heroines they're honouring with a new collection of Ts. Fixtures on the nightly news, Canada's public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam (who also has B.C. ties) and Alberta's chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw also adorn the series.

Read more at The Georgia Straight.com

CTV Interview with Emma May - CTV Calgary Morning Show

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COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts - Yahoo News

CALGARY — Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.  

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

SophieGrace founder Emma May says there will be a limited run of no more than 300 or 400 shirts.

She says both her brand and Madame Premier are female-focused, so it made sense to celebrate three high-profile women who have become trusted leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There's something about the scientists and the measured voice that they have and the trust that people have in them that's really connecting, I think, for our communities."

May said Madame Premier already had some blank white shirts available and a local shop is printing them up while following physical distancing rules.

"This is our small little way of seeing how we can try and give back," said May. "I think everybody just wants to feel like they're part of a solution rather than part of a problem."

Read more at Yahoo

Calgary fashion brands feature 3 widely-admired female medical chiefs on T-shirts - CBC.ca

Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

SophieGrace founder Emma May says there will be a limited run of no more than 300 or 400 shirts.

Read more at CBC.ca

COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts - Cochranetoday.ca

CALGARY — Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.  

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

SophieGrace founder Emma May says there will be a limited run of no more than 300 or 400 shirts.

She says both her brand and Madame Premier are female-focused, so it made sense to celebrate three high-profile women who have become trusted leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There's something about the scientists and the measured voice that they have and the trust that people have in them that's really connecting, I think, for our communities."

May said Madame Premier already had some blank white shirts available and a local shop is printing them up while following physical distancing rules.

"This is our small little way of seeing how we can try and give back," said May. "I think everybody just wants to feel like they're part of a solution rather than part of a problem."

Read more at CochraneToday.ca

Calgary fashion brands celebrate Canada’s top female medical officers with T-shirts - Headtopics.com

Calgary fashion brands celebrate Canada’s top female medical officers with T-shirts

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto. SophieGrace founder Emma May says there will be a limited run of no more than 300 or 400 shirts.

She says both her brand and Madame Premier are female-focused, so it made sense to celebrate three high-profile women who have become trusted leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.“There’s something about the scientists and the measured voice that they have and the trust that people have in them that’s really connecting, I think, for our communities.”

Read more at HeadTopics.com

How Beauty and Fashion Brands Will Help Protect Us From COVID-19 - MonteCristoMagazine.com

Calgary-based fashion brands SophieGrace and Madame Premier joined artist Mandy Stobo to launch a limited-edition T-shirt celebrating three Canadian public health heroines of the COVID-19 outbreak: British Columbia’s chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry; Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw; and Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

Read more at Montecristomagazine.com

COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts - Todayville.com

CALGARY — Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that focus on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

Read more at Todayville.com

COVID couture: Calgary fashion brands feature medical chiefs on T-shirts - Winnipeg Free Press

CALGARY - Two Calgary clothing makers and a local artist have teamed up on a line of T-shirts honouring three now-popular female public health officials.

The shirts have colourful renderings of Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, as well as Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officers of Alberta and British Columbia.

Fashion lines SophieGrace and Madame Premier are selling the shirts, with the portraits by Calgary artist Mandy Stobo, on their websites.

The shirts cost $45 and net proceeds are going to charities that foc on food security: the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fresh Routes in Calgary and Second Harvest in Toronto.

Read more at Winnipeg Free Press