Royal Roads student Jaya Bremer is most worried about the U.S. re-opening its borders to Canada. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Pandemic provides real-life training ground for Royal Roads student

Masters student works with Langford’s Emergency Operations Centre

Jaya Bremer is two months into a job that by all means can only be described as uncharted territory.

As a Royal Roads student, she’s spent countless hours interning with the City of Langford in its Emergency Operations Centre, which was activated when the pandemic hit in March.

“I do worry that we feel like we’re in a protective bubble here on the Island in Dr. Henry’s care because that can change anytime,” said Bremer, who’s less than a year away from completing her Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management.

“It’s interesting trying to get to know a community when most of it is shut down. We have to make sure we’re staying on top of everything because our pandemic plan is being adjusted day by day. What are the best face masks? How is the virus affecting different professions? There has to be someone who stays on top of what’s going on in the news every single day.”

READ MORE: After a double lung transplant, Langford barber understands importance of safety precautions

That’s been a key part of Bremer’s position. In April, she wrote several reports on how other countries are adapting to COVID-19 in various facets – one day she’ll be an expert on how best to approach care homes and the next she’ll be tackling how to safely reopen playgrounds and parks.

Though most days you can find her running between city hall and the Langford fire hall to present reports, she started her temporary gig from the comfort of home.

One of the projects she worked on in May gave her to chance to summarize how Langford responded to the pandemic during its first wave. Bremer and her supervisors interviewed more than a dozen people remotely within a few days. By the end of the week, they had prepared their full report.

Now, the Royal Roads student has her eyes set on the second wave, a spike in COVID cases expected due to flu season in the fall. She’s currently preparing a report on how Langford can set themselves up for success after summer ends.

ALSO READ: West Shore churches embrance technology to cope with pandemic

“If borders open too soon with the US, that would be my biggest worry,” said Bremer. “By not having any travel with them, I feel that’s what keeps us safe the most. Also, I’m worried about how many people’s businesses could get lost in the pandemic. I really feel for those people.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced June 17 that the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) will be extended for two more months, which will help tide over those who still haven’t returned to work since the pandemic began.

“The best thing we can do is to prepare for the worst. Vancouver Island has been so lucky and we have to make sure we know how to deal with new roadblocks that we can’t control. We can always do better.”


@iaaronguillen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

aaron.guillen@goldstreamgazette.com

City of LangfordCoronavirusRoyal Roads University

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Royal Roads student Jaya Bremer is currently preparing a report on how Langford can set itself up for success when the expected second wave of the pandemic hits in the fall. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Owners say loss of parking pushes businesses to the brink

New Penny Farthing patio ‘will be like New Orleans, or Las Vegas’

Greater Victoria housing market sees positive bump in June

Sales up by 76.8 per cent compared to May

Saanich plugs into $100,000 government grant for 20 new EV chargers

Six chargers to be installed at four municipal parks

Saanich woman says sexual assault was dismissed by police because of her ‘body language’

Patrol officers investigate sexual assault files, make decisions on what goes to Crown counsel

‘Tarantula moth’ spotted in broad daylight in Victoria

Polyphemus moths are one of the largest insects in B.C.

A list of charge rates or Crown referrals from police oversight bodies across Canada

Here are the rates of charges or referrals to the Crown from their most recent annual reports or online data

Man who rammed gate near Trudeau residence with truck faces multiple charges

The man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Kelowna RCMP commander calls for more nurses during wellness checks after complaint

Southeast District Commander wants to increase Police and Crisis Team program

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook

Oscar Veneszee, Jr. has worked as an operations program manager at Facebook since 2017

Most Read