Pandemic Learning

How is COVID-19 affecting you?

How have you been dealing with it?
What are you doing differently?
What sorts of decisions have you had to make?

We believe there’s a lot we can learn from this pandemic by talking to people about their experiences and how they’re figuring things out in a situation as unusual as this. We’d like to capture what we’ve all learned so we can better plan for the future services we offer, enhance our role in neighbourhoods and communities, and be well-prepared for future emergencies.

Who are we asking to participate?
We’re collecting stories from people across Metro Vancouver with all different kinds of experiences, and especially people with cognitive disabilities, their families, and people who work with and support them.

How can you participate?
We invite you to share a brief example of what your day(s) looks like — either on the online story form or by phone/video.

If you click on the form, you’ll see that we ask you to tell us about something you’ve done or that’s happened to you. Then we ask you some questions about that story, and a few questions about yourself as well. You can choose which questions you want to answer, and you can share as many stories as you want.

We’re also looking for people to share one or two examples every month for the next few months. The story gatherers for BACI are:
Esteban Gonzalez — or 604-561-6440
Rebecca Fisher — or 778-888-5314

Please share what’s going on for you! Your stories can help us build a stronger, more resilient community.

What if you don’t think you have any good stories to share?
That’s okay! The stories we’re interested in are the kind you might tell a friend when you’re just talking about your day — things that happened or things that you did. They don’t have to be special or “good.” We’re just looking for some examples from your everyday experiences. We’ve included some prompting questions that will help you think about a specific experience to share.

What happens after this?
After we collect a lot of stories, we’ll ask some of the people who shared their stories to help us interpret them. We’ll look for patterns and inspirations to help us think about what we can be doing differently, and how we can be better prepared for future emergencies.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions about the project?
You can contact one of our story gatherers — Esteban at or 604-561-6440, or Rebecca at or 778-888-5314.

Who is involved in this project?
This project is a joint effort of BACI, Kinsight, posAbilities, and UNITI, supported by a consulting team of Carolyn Camman and Chris Corrigan. It is funded by the McConnell Foundation.

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