Chantal & Shaun:
Respiratory Therapists at Victoria General Hospital, spouses, dog-lovers, adventurers, food enthusiasts, motorcycle riders, humans
We met in the pulmonary function lab that used to be here at the General. I was a student. He graduated in 1997, and I graduated in ‘99. We started working together in the same department, and became friends.
I remember saying to another friend that I wished I could just meet somebody like Shaun. That would be perfect. I had never thought about us being together because we worked together. Things happen, and then you still have to work with that person if they go badly. I had actually just applied to go to Arizona. I thought, I’m young, I’ll go work for a couple of years somewhere else. And then Shaun sat me down and said, “Well, actually, I thought we should try dating.”
“I remember saying to another friend that I wished I could just meet somebody like Shaun. That would be perfect.”
“We only dated for eight months before he proposed, and then we married six months after that. Last year was our 20th wedding anniversary. We didn’t get to do anything because of the pandemic, but we’ll celebrate down the road.”
“I also love entertaining. That’s been one of my biggest struggles through the pandemic. Shaun is more of a homebody. But he’s so gracious. He opens his home and he never minds when I have parties and people over.”
“Shaun has always said that every family member we see in Emergency when we’re in those trauma bays is probably having the worst day of their life. Whether it’s their grandma or mom or husband or sister. Even if someone isn’t dying, it’s traumatic.”
We had nurses stopping by to give us a hug. We realized we have a family here. Everybody was just so supportive. When Shaun was having a hard time, one of our managers said, “You have devoted your lives to helping people. Now we’re going to help you.” That really stuck with me.
They are humans first, who put other humans first.
More than 7,900 caregivers and staff work around the clock at Royal Jubilee, Victoria General, and Gorge Road hospitals.
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