This occasional series covers a day — or a week — in a person’s work life. We speak with people in blue-, white- and pink-collar professions about what they find stressful and joyful, and how current labour and cultural climates are affecting their work lives.
Why? Because we often live in our own bubbles, with people who have employment situations like our own and, often, similar lives. Getting to know other people, including what they do and how they feel about their work, can help us get out of those bubbles and understand each other’s worlds.
In This Series
A Day in the Life: A Paramedic in BC
‘The most incredible thing is cardiac resuscitation.’
A Day in the Life: A Vinyl Record Collector
‘Krazy Bob’ Foster is here to help you find music to soothe the soul.
A Day in the Life: A Sea Captain
‘It’s hard to know what’s climate change, and what’s overfishing or poor forestry practices or any number of environmental issues.’
A Day in the Life: A Literary Translator
‘Sometimes it can look like spending six hours searching for 10 words.’
A Day in the Life: A Youth Soccer Coach
Amar Talic mentors World Cup aspirants ages six and up. The secret, he says, is to foster kids’ creativity in motion.
A Day in the Life: A Plane-Jumping Wildfire Fighter
‘Once fire season rolls around, there's really no typical day.’
A Day in the Life: An Aquarium Biologist
‘I'm very hands-on with the animals and I work with them every day.’
A Day in the Life: An Intimacy Co-ordinator for Screen and Stage
‘If you give us restrictions, we get to get creative.’
A Week in the Life: A Falconer at YVR and Granville Island
‘A lot of people assume birds don’t have personalities, but they absolutely do.’
A Day in the Life: An RN in Northern BC
In a small town where everyone knows everybody, a nurse working in harm reduction confronts client barriers to health-care access.
A Day in the Life: A SeaBus Attendant in Vancouver
‘When I have the boat shifts, I'm just smitten.’ Fourth in an occasional series.
A Day in the Life: A Big-Tree Hunter
‘We seek clarity and it's there in the mountain. There’s little vestiges of it left.’ Third in an occasional series.
A Week in the Life: A Faith Leader Navigating the Pandemic
‘How do you hold a community together when they're never together?’ Second in an occasional series.
A Week in the Life: An OB/GYN Who Provides Abortions
‘Only the pregnant person can know what continuing or ending a pregnancy means to them.’ First in an occasional series.