• Giovana Lopez

  • Peru - Calgary

Art by Emily Honderich

Giovana Lopez story

Giovana Lopez I moved to Calgary in 2007 under the live-in caregiver program leaving behind my son, who was five years old at that time. He joined me later at the end of 2012. I am married and have two kids. I am currently working on my field in Logistics after graduating from the two-year program of Supply Chain Management at SAIT.

Thank You, COVID-19

When late in March, Canada decided to shut down schools, work, and public spaces, it was a sign to slow down, and that's what I needed. Due to the pandemic, my husband was laid off for a few months, but in the end, it worked perfectly for our family. Our small child in primary school required our support for his online classes. It was not easy for him or for us. Nowadays, I truly appreciate the hard work that teachers put in every day in class. For my oldest son in the last year of high school, courses online were not easy either as he is a type of kid that needs a face to face approach; fortunately, he managed to graduate successfully.

I work for a multinational company that was considered an essential service during the pandemic. I started working at home in a new position; the Skype training was certainly challenging. Although it was not the perfect scenario, it taught me new skills, and now I feel I’m a more valuable employee than before.

During this pandemic, I learned to take care of myself internally and externally. I set up a mini gym at home, which helped me gain control of myself; however, this couldn't have been possible without my husband and kids' support. I also learned that all you need is God and your loved ones to help you get through difficult times.

"During this pandemic, I learned to take care of myself internally and externally. I set up a mini gym at home, which helped me gain control of myself; however, this couldn't have been possible without my husband and kids' support. I also learned that all you need is God and your loved ones to help you get through difficult times."

- Giovana Lopez