The community of Vancouver Island has a vast number of essential services employees, ranging from medical doctors, nurses, home caregivers, public transportation drivers, and commercial/retail employees, just to name a few. We want to honour and show our support for their service during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all who are fulfilling their duties during these trying times, and we hope that you stay safe and healthy alongside your respective families. Pacific FC’s highlighted nomination(s) for Footballer of the Week, are a couple named Dr. Jaideep Kanungo and Glenys Jenkyns.
Dr. Jaideep Kanungo
Jaideep is a physician in the NICU at Victoria General Hospital. The intensive care is for the smallest and sickest babies on Vancouver Island. Thus far, the unit has been operating well, and thankfully there has not yet been much evidence of COVID19 being transferred from mothers to their newborn babies. That said, since we continue to learn more about the virus each and every day, we remain vigilant and prepared to best serve our vulnerable population.
Glenys continues to teach full time in the Nursing department at Camosun College, while also nursing at the bedside in the NICU. During the pandemic, she’s been working to convert in-hospital nursing skills and theory to an online forum for her students. Due to the shortage of PPE and enforced physical distancing, nursing students have needed their curriculum to shift to an online format. She takes pride in teaching the next generation of front line nurses to be resilient, resourceful and passionate about our privileged role with patients.
Note from Jaideep and Glenys
We are football obsessives, spending much of our free time watching (we bonded over 4:30 AM Spurs’ matches), reading, and discussing football. When Pacific FC first launched, we bought our season tickets on day one and it has been an ongoing passion. The match day experience last year was truly memorable, and gave us an opportunity to cheer on our local club, watch young talents grow in front of our eyes, and celebrate the thrills with our friends (new and old).
Football culture is so inclusive, it doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned player or whether you play at all, have watched for 50 years or starting anew, or whatever your background is. We love how the crowd at Westhills Stadium is so diverse, and it represents the best of what we have on the Island. One of the things that helps us cope during these difficult times is knowing that when we come out of this, we will get to enjoy those magical, sun drenched, victorious days together!
Brought To You By UNITED FOOTBALL; A Collaboration Between VISL, LISA, LIWSA, & Pacific FC.