Pandemic Journals

We thank everyone who shared a glimpse of their lives with us.

June 25, 2020 | | Pandemic Journals

On the following pages you’ll find personal dispatches from the local trenches of the pandemic. Amid the onslaught of emergency announcements, school closures and public health warnings, we wanted to mark these unforgettable times the best way we know how here at In The Hills – by diving into as many stories as we could.

Collecting these accounts from individuals across Headwaters is our way of making sense of how the pandemic has affected and continues to affect our community.

From a nurse who suffered from Covid-19 with her whole family to a mayor whose town faced a devastating outbreak at a long-term care home, we learn about just how cruel the disease caused by this coronavirus can be.

Others, including a piano teacher plying her trade by video call and a teenager stuck at home with her thoughts, show us how crucial creativity, reinvention and personal connection will be in the coming months.

We thank everyone who shared a glimpse of their lives with us.

Please visit the stories below for more journals. If you’d still like to share yours, we’ll be collecting stories until August 1 – we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Sharyn Ayliffe – Two weeks into her new job as theatre manager, the curtain dropped and the house went dark.
  • Melissa Cianfarani – How this Bolton emergency childcare provider helps frontline workers do their jobs.
  • Sharon Edmonds – A yoga teacher discovers the Zen in Zoom.
  • Vanessa Kreuzer – How the duo behind Orangeville’s Lavender Blue Catering are keeping Dufferin fed.
  • Karla Leger – A piano teacher keeps her music school running on her iPad.
  • Pepe Lopez – On a Mulmur farm, an essential seasonal worker misses his Mexican homeland.
  • Lori McNeil-Chong -A hands-on Caledon interior designer gets it done from a distance.
  • Wade Mills – Shelburne’s mayor reflects on both the tragedy that gripped his town and the compassion it inspired.
  • RaDeana Montgomery – How an amateur stitcher found purpose in making masks.
  • Jane Mountain – This volunteer now makes grocery deliveries to seniors for free.
  • Tray Nevin – This Orangeville nurse contracted Covid-19 – along with her whole family.
  • Kate Perreault – A Mono teen reassesses her idea of “normal.”
  • Heather Webber – The Upper Credit Humane Society’s Heather Webber reports a rise in people willing to foster shelter pets.

About the Author More by Tralee Pearce

Tralee Pearce is an associate editor of In The Hills Magazine.

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Lori McNeil-Chong quickly reimagined her interior design business as a virtual entity.

“You can’t get all in a twist. You have to roll with it”

Jun 25, 2020 | Lori McNeil-Chong | Pandemic Journals

A hands-on Caledon interior designer gets it done from a distance.

Grand Valley’s Karla Leger teaches her piano students via video chats.

“The enthusiasm of my students remains”

Jun 25, 2020 | Karla Leger | Pandemic Journals

A piano teacher keeps her music school running on her iPad.

Sharyn Ayliffe spent one day in her new job as general manager of Theatre Orangeville before closing its doors.

“I miss going to work and seeing three-dimensional people”

Jun 25, 2020 | Sharyn Ayliffe | Pandemic Journals

Two weeks into her new job as theatre manager, the curtain dropped and the house went dark.

Orangeville nurse Tray Nevin came down with Covid-19 in April. Her husband and kids followed soon after. All are well now.

“I was sleeping 17 hours a day”

Jun 25, 2020 | Tray Nevin | Pandemic Journals

This Orangeville nurse contracted Covid-19 – along with her whole family.

Sharon Edmonds set aside her jitters and now teaches her yoga classes using the Zoom app.

“Slowly, day by day, it got easier and not as weird”

Jun 25, 2020 | Sharon Edmonds | Pandemic Journals

A yoga teacher discovers the Zen in Zoom.

Shelburne mayor Wade Mills is grateful for the compassion shown by the community.

“The collective grief shared by our community is something that will long endure”

Jun 25, 2020 | Wade Mills | Pandemic Journals

Shelburne’s mayor reflects on both the tragedy that gripped his town and the compassion it inspired.

“I knew I had to say ‘yes!’”

May 20, 2020 | Melissa Cianfarani | Pandemic Journals

How this Bolton emergency childcare provider helps frontline workers do their jobs.

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