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Carly Fryer is the Global Logistics Manager for STEMCELL Technologies, a Canadian biotechnology company that develops specialty cell culture media, cell isolation and accessory products for life science research. Carly completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. When not grounded due to a global pandemic, Carly enjoys traveling to Maui with her fiancé, who proposed to her in Wailea on March 4, 2020.
Q: How have you had to adapt your work life? What has been easy/hard?
A: Very early in the pandemic, STEMCELL proactively implemented strict health and safety policies and limited the number of people in our facilities to essential staff only. The biggest challenge was not seeing my extended team in person every day and adapting our communication methods. COVID-19 brought new changes every day and it was, at times, quite stressful navigating the global supply chain in this ever-evolving, uncertain climate.
Q: What are you doing for fun?
A: I have always enjoyed getting out for walks and runs in my neighborhood. When all fitness centres and gyms closed down, I started bringing my gear to the park and exercising outside. A few friends have since started to join me with their own equipment!
Q: How have you been keeping yourself entertained? What are you watching/reading?
A: My cat, Lucy, definitely keeps me entertained. She regularly pops up during video meetings and was also featured in our company's internal news website. I think she's finally adjusted to having me home 24/7.
Q: How are you staying connected with family/friends?
A: One of my friends, Ruby Campbell, started an online Twitter discussion every evening called #NewWestGoesViral. It was a great opportunity to share favourite travel stories, food, childhood memories, and more! It was nice to connect virtually with people across the city, especially at the beginning of the pandemic when we were limited in our physical interactions. It even sparked new friendships across the city. My friends also hosted two physically distanced birthday parties for me, one in the park and another in their yard.
Q: Advice for fellow alumni during this time of physical distancing?
A: Each person has their own struggles and challenges. Check in with your family and friends, both new and old. I video called a friend in the UK that I worked with during the London 2012 Olympics and it made both of our days. Small gestures make an impact.
Q: Anything else you would like to say?
A: Be kind. To your friends, your family, your partner, your neighbours and especially yourself.