was redeployed from her role as an Autism Spectrum Disorder consultant in mid-March to become one of three site coordinators for the COVID-19 testing and assessment site in Kindersley.
“I had never been a site coordinator before, I had never worked closely with protocols for infectious diseases, and I had never worked with the other two site coordinators that were redeployed with me,” she said.
All three coordinators, who continued to manage their previous caseloads while
organizing, creating, and implementing processes for the COVID testing and assessment site,
felt like “deer in the headlights” when they began reading through the memos and procedures that would soon overtake their work life.
“Redeployment can be stressful and overwhelming, but it can also give you opportunities and supports that make the entire pandemic easier to navigate,” Brown noted, adding
setting up and organizing the operation of the site has ensured the timely testing of patients in the Kindersley area.
The trio found ways to laugh through the changes and uncertainties and built lasting relationships with their entire team, Brown reported.
“We are helping each other through this, and that’s such a powerfully positive example of the human spirit!”
Brown is grateful for the opportunities presented through redeployment. “I feel truly lucky to have been able to have this experience and to grow close with so many wonderful people (while staying two meters apart!). I hope to stay close to my co-coordinators long after this pandemic is behind us.”