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Pandemic Reflection: Corinna

What were the first few weeks of the Pandemic like for you?

For me, it was like another news story… My husband and I live a fairly quiet life in in rural BC and I work from home. My life seemed relatively unaffected… until I went to our one grocery store and saw empty shelves and then the changes taking place within Arcus to keep everyone safe.

What was the summer like?

We live in a great little neighbourhood. We’ve created our own bubble and met at the river… socially distanced. We’ve got this.

What does your new routine look like?

Relatively unchanged. Except the masks, that has changed.

How would you describe how you’re feeling now?

I worry about my friends, family and co-workers that are right in the thick of things in the lower mainland.

What’s been the hardest for you?

20 plus years of my time with Arcus was as a caregiver. I want to be there on the front-lines. It’s difficult watching from behind my desk so far away.

We believe that we are all in leadership positions here at Arcus, what qualities do you think have been most important in leading at this time?

Being responsive and constant. In a time of uncertainty, I hope this gives a sense of security. That those working so hard to keep our clients and themselves safe, will have what they need when they go home to their families.

How have you been taking care of yourself?

Walking, reading and trying to avoid additional screen time.

We get by with a little help from our friends...who would you credit as helping you through this time?

My neighbours… our community. We’re staying constant, checking in and helping each other, continuing with our morning walks. We may not be able to visit each other’s homes with the current restrictions, but we have a lot of outdoor space…. we can look outside and see the smoke rising from each other’s chimneys… the local symbol for “we’re here, all is good”. We can watch the kids from down the road skate on the pond.

Do you have any life experiences that have helped you get through this time?

Yes. And I know we can get through this too by focusing on today. And then when tomorrow becomes today… focus on today.

Any silver linings? Small graces? New hobbies?

That we do have a great community and that we are not alone.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Exploring beyond our bubble… and hugs. I really do miss the hugs.

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