Alongside the problem solvers, wonder seekers and world changers we endearingly call nerds, we’re sharing stories of essential workers: the smart, driven, compassionate people who make up the fabric of our neighbourhood.
Guri Kaur sits on a bench on the seawall that wraps around Science World. Behind her, a row of windows that, only a few months ago, filled with faces of families taking breaks from galleries and shows to eat lunch. While Science World reopened its doors to the public in the beginning of August, the restaurant remains closed.
“We clean those,” Guri says, pointing to the walls and windows. She points to the bench and gestures to the bannister that runs the length of the seawall. “We clean this and we clean that.”
“Before, people used to point out spots and marks of what they thought was dirt we'd missed. But now they know, we’re actually killing germs. We’re disinfecting. The idea of our job has completely changed.”
Guri is a supervisor for Tricom, the building maintenance team that cleans the 100,000 square feet of Science World every day. She leads a team of 4 porters who are responsible for both the interior and the exterior of the geodesic dome and who travel to Science World and back to Surrey by transit--about an hour each way--6 days a week.