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UFCW 1006A member Lana Gardner, who works at Loblaw Great Food in Ottawa, is one of the winners of our Share Your Pandemic Story contest! Congratulations Lana!

Your union is awarding 20 prizes – worth $250 each – to members whose entries are selected in the Share Your Pandemic Story contest. 

There is still time to submit your entry. Deadline is October 28, 2021

Here is Lana's story.

When Covid hit back in March 2020, we were all told to stay home and the city would be placed in a lockdown for 2 weeks.

"Unfortunately, I started the pandemic March 9, 2020 going back to work after fighting and winning my battle against cancer.

I was so extremely happy to get back to work which I was just happy to get back to NORMAL.

Well, it was not normal when I got back the first week. I saw so many co-workers and customers that were so scared of the unknown.

My cancer fight prepared myself for this pandemic unknowably to say the least. At that point, I personally was waking up every morning smiling being happy that I was still alive.

So I decided to take that attitude to work and just try to spread some joy and a smile. Maybe how about just asking a complete stranger: How are You? And asking again: How Really are You? I tried to always be positive and show others kindness and empathy throughout this whole big mess. Be safe."

Share your pandemic story. You can submit your entry today. Deadline is October 28, 2021 

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