Doug Shipley (left) in the House of Commons. File photo.

Shipley: "maintain a positive mindset" through COVID

By Hale Mahon | Local News

January 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: As we enter 2021, we all have our goals and aspirations for the coming year. In the spirit of optimism, we decided to ask some of our local public figures about their thoughts on 2020 and what they see coming in the New Year.


Doug Shipley has been busy in his role as Member of Parliament this year and has lots of goals and aspirations for 2021. We caught up with him to ask his thoughts on a difficult year and see what he thinks 2021 will hold.

What is the most valuable lesson you learned from 2020?

There were a few lessons learned from 2020 and the unique circumstances that all Canadians faced. On reflection the lessons I learned and value the most were the realization that things can change overnight and in any moment of any day it is important to remember to be grateful for exactly where we are and what we have. I gained a new appreciation for quality time spent with my family. I also learned to prioritize objectives and remember that everything can’t be top of the list.

What are some of the strategies you used to remain positive in this difficult year?

There were a few key strategies that really helped me to remain positive. The first strategy was to turn off the news and step away from the television. My second strategy was to avoid negative social media or too much social media. While it remains important to be informed, too much information can just be too much. My family and I took advantage of some great walking trails in the Simcoe Forest and we have spent many hours taking long walks with our dog, fresh air and physical activity really helped me maintain a positive mindset.

What are you looking forward to personally to in 2021?

The things I am most looking forward to in 2021 are the simple things. I am eager for the day that we can gather safely with friends and extended family and just enjoy a backyard barbecue with good company and lots of laughs.

What professional items are you looking to achieve in the New Year?

Professionally I am focused on representing all the residents of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, and there is always the possibility of a federal election to be prepared for. I hope that if that election comes I will, once again, be able to earn the trust of our community and continue to serve you all.

What do you think the New Year will hold for your riding/ward/area/industry?

I think that in 2021 we will likely have to maintain physical distancing and masking procedures for months to come. However, I am optimistic about the vaccine distribution plan and how that will positively impact our circumstances. I do think that, thanks to many innovative business owners and residents who made a point of shopping local, we will find a strong local economy to carry us through 2021 and beyond.