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There are hills and valleys with COVID-19
“There are hills and valleys with COVID-19. When it was introduced into the hospital, there were big hills, and when things calmed down, a valley. At first, the corporate team...
Engaged people are happier, especially if they can ask questions and get concrete answers
“It’s been impressive how much people have done the social distancing. Not everybody believes what the province has done is right. Some feel we’ve gone too far. However, up north...
We stay strong because we are united
"We face COVID every day, and we stay strong because we are united. At first, many of us were panicked, but now we know that we have to do our job to stop the spread of the virus...
It’s a very important job to make sure that everything is there for when it is needed
“My girlfriend works at Panago. Thanks to her prodding, Panago delivered a whack-load of pizzas to the hospital, multiple times to each and every department, and I helped her...
To get through this pandemic, we just have to be a lot more patient with each other, have a good positive attitude, and do something nice for your neighbour
“My faith gives me hope. Seeing the residents each day and caring for them like family because many of them don’t have family. I’ve been a Mental Health Worker in Vancouver’s...
When you go home, you worry if today is going to be the day you get someone sick
“I do painting and maintenance at the hospital. My work is COVID-related now – putting down boundary lines to mark six-foot distancing between people, and ensuring beds and chairs...
I think the pandemic has brought staff members closer together because we have to work more as a team
“I have great co-workers who I’m glad to call friends, and a supportive family. My biggest fear is running out of PPE, and not being able to protect my patients or my family. We...
Health care is so complicated, and it touches everybody. I am happy to be a part of it.
“Health care is so complicated, and it touches everybody. I am happy to be a part of it. I have family members who went into long-term care. You never really think about the people...
We are essential – we have the power
"I’m an Industrial Electrician. I work all over the hospital servicing all of the electrical systems – including lighting, power outlets, power distribution, and any kind of...
You feel like it’s a different world in the hospital than it is outside
“Any time you can help somebody, hold their hand and reassure them, make them laugh or feel more comfortable at their worst time, that’s rewarding. I tell patients, ‘You’re safe...