Dear BC kidney community,
The year 2020: the year the COVID-19 pandemic entered our lives, the year we have been seeing the world differently, a year in which we have been doing things differently, and a year in which we have been reflecting on what we value and how we demonstrate those values.
We have come together to keep each other and our patients safe.
We have been inclusive in our conversations, and decisions: We have talked with patients and their families, health care providers, transportation companies, administrative and statistical staff, ethicists, administrators and our information system programmers so that we are truly all in this together.
We have been innovative in our care delivery and problem solving, and we have done it together.
We have been afraid together, sad together and lonely together.
We have lost much: freedom, spontaneity, the ability to explore new spaces and places and human interactions.
We have also gained much: appreciation of our Canadian health care system (problems and all), of our human-ness, of teamwork, of trust and of self-reflection.
We have seen the value of collaborative research, and specifically, the development of a vaccine to give the world hope, in an amazingly short period of time.
And so, as we close out 2020, this profoundly peculiar and life-changing year for the world, I am deeply grateful and appreciative of all the work we have done together, in a new way. We will not return to the ‘before-times.’ We have been profoundly changed by this year of 2020.
As we enter 2021, we will continue to work together to face the challenges of today and those of the new year.
Stay kind, thoughtful, diligent and patient. Celebrate what we have now, and what we can build better together in the future.
With much respect and gratitude,
Executive Director, BC Renal