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.
The pandemic outbreak—and all its unknowns—made Cheryl Dulay's job as a Prevention Officer in Occupational Safety for WorkSafeBC much more complicated and difficult.
In the first 3 months of the outbreak, she and her 300 fellow officers helped implement over 14,000 COVID-19 Safety Plans, a number Cheryl says is astonishing. They adapted protocols almost daily to reflect updates from public health officials.
Meanwhile, the other aspects of her job continued: “On top of all that, people were still getting hurt on the job. People were still at risk of being seriously injured. It was really hard.”
“Of course, we’ve always known we’re an essential service,” she says. “But that might not have been apparent to others.”