Dean Kennedy, operator, pipeline maintenance, serves as the President of the Strathcona County Robotics Association and coaches a team of students that competes in robotics. Dean and his team started to look at how they can help their communities at this time.
“I sent a note to our students asking them to think of ways we can respond to the crisis. Within an hour, we learned the EMS crews were looking for a hand sanitizer bottle holder they can attach to their belts. We now have four printers working on the project.”
Not only are they creating hand sanitizer holders, but Dean and his team as well as Dan Odo, scheduler, Upstream and his team, have started to 3D-print ear clips to hold face masks for medical personnel in place because their ears were sore from the elastic. Dean’s team is making up to 1,500 clips a week, and Dan’s team has sent the ear clips across Canada.
“We have now sent these ear savers to medical facilities in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta,” says Dan. “We continue to print, and we know it means a lot to those on the front line.”