Transcription – English – Hayley Weinrauch

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Hayley Weinrauch:
Hi. I just want to make it clear that I think it might have been a confusion. I am not a cancer survivor, but I do have like I do have heart conditions, so I have, like, a heart murmurs. Thanks. I just wanted to make it clear just because I know that there is a lot of people, and I don't want to take someone else's story away. No worries.

Trish Wood:
Thank you for the correction.

Hayley Weinrauch:
No problem. So please.

Trish Wood:
Tell us what happened to.

Hayley Weinrauch:
You. So it's more pinned on university, but also I am a single mom, so it was already navigating through those challenges and those experiences, trying to balance my my social life with my daughter and then my school. So I ended up losing my job with pound makers, which was a treatment center for I worked there for two years and I ended up getting paid on unpaid leave after I fought to stay with endless phone calls and lists, lawyer appointments, which is like money I couldn't even afford. So there was that challenge. But then there was with university. I fought super hard and I fought super like I fought a lot just to even get myself in school and those and it was my fourth year as well. So in Social Work and me and my sister story are co-headlined in the same time. But when my school in September said, if you're not vaccinated by December, you can't finish school. And I'm sorry, I go to Macewan in Edmonton. So when that was announced, I was I was heartbroken and I was like I just was stunned and didn't know what to do. So it was endless phone calls, endless appointments and lists, like just trying to see anything that could get me through my last semester because I wasn't like I said, I struggle with school. So the three years of school was already such a big struggle for me. So I was not going to let this mandate stop me. So throughout appointments, I felt belittled. I felt hurt.

Hayley Weinrauch:
My, sorry. My own daughter. was first that I talked to about being exempt. He yelled in my face and told me I had to get it because of my heart condition. Even though four years ago he told me to get an abortion because my heart wouldn't be able to take on having my daughter. So I felt really hurt in that sense because my daughter is everything to me. So I felt really ashamed. And I left an appointment like feeling lost and confused and thinking like, Well, this is the end. Like, I won't be able to finish my school and what was all that hard work for? So it was really discouraging. But my mom, like my whole family, is unvaccinated, so my mom has been amazing on her side with like endless phone calls of trying to get my exemption. And we spent a lot of money getting my exemption. And finally, I did get a religious exemption with my school and I was able to finish my last semester. But it was those endless drugs, it was the endless testing which I actually had to pay out of my own pocket for months. And I felt like that was an unfair. That was unfair because that's that's almost like $72 every three days. So that was a fight with my school. It was just a lot of I lost a lot of faith in our society and a lot of things that I wouldn't think I would ever go through in my life.

Trish Wood:
Thanks so much for that. And obviously we're all sorry that you're struggling, but I think it represents the struggle of many, many Canadians. I'd like to throw it to to Susan as the daughter on the panel. It must be difficult. And I'm sure you have a question to hear about a doctor treating a young female patient that way.

Dr. Susan Natsheh :
Absolutely I was. Touched by many aspects of your story, Hayley, and thank you so much for sharing. You know, as physicians, we hold such a special place, I think, to help our patients. And help people navigate through a lot of different issues on top of their immediate health care. So I'm very saddened to hear that you had such a difficult experience with your family doctor in that way. And overall, everything that you experienced through your schooling saddened me. But so impressed that you have been able to navigate through this as a single mother. I have the highest respect for single parents and and well done to you. I was just. My question really was around child care. You had family to help. Was that a barrier to you in any way with that aspect?

Hayley Weinrauch:
Well, definitely. When everything first shut down, I first was like, I don't know what to do with my child because like with we all know the psychological damage that COVID has done for these young children. So I've definitely I try to make it as normal as possible for my child. So my parents have been amazing on in supporting me because they have had to work from home. But it has been really hard navigating through this like with via work and school sometimes when I can't because I can't ask my parents to watch them 20 or 24 seven, especially because they have their own work to do. So it's definitely put a hinder on how school has been for me just because like I would have to do countless overnights of school, countless. It just really affected my motherhood as well. So child care was a big barrier and it's and it just and child care just hasn't been the same since the beginning of COVID.

Preston Manning:
I think you should know, Haley, that your story is inspiring to others. And although it's painful for you to share it, there's probably a lot of people that can take heart from what you've gone through and the fact that you've managed to get to this point the way you you have. I just wondered, was there anybody at the at the school or anybody in the government or anyone that you were connected to who took your side in this that allowed you to feel you had an ally somewhere? Was there anyone I understand your parents and your family supportive, but was there anybody else took your side?

Hayley Weinrauch:
Well, through I know at first at school, I felt very alone and very like I felt like an outsider. I never really told anyone about that. I wasn't vaccinated just because how my colleagues would speak about that, like these people, quote unquote. So at first I just didn't say anything. But through time I found actually like just a Facebook page where it was all these students that were around my age and they were going through the same challenges and I joined it. And then we had like this huge group chat. So that was really reassuring and like supportive because then it made me not feel so alone. And then I got to connect with some individuals that truly understand what I was going through. And then I know regarding my sister to not being able to fly home, she we like emailed MLAs, we emailed so many individuals like we're just trying to see like if we could get her home any way or any possible and just with our stories as well. And there has been a few that were like, this is a really interesting story. Thank you for bringing this up. But there was no really action toward it. But at least they like that acknowledgement. Was nice to hear.

Preston Manning:
Thank you.

David Ross:
Thank you, Hayley, for sharing your story. I'm very. I feel for you. But I tell you, I'm also very impressed. You've had you've gone through some pretty significant adult experiences at a very young age. And have you finished your studies successfully, your social work studies?

Hayley Weinrauch:
Yes, I have. And I thankfully, like got a new job in the like in the field. So it kind of aligned really well. And it's a job that hasn't because especially in the social studies like in social work field, there's still a lot of workplaces that have these restrictions and these mandates. So I was like, I'm not going to be able to find a job, but thankfully I did find one and it's been going really well. So I'm very fortunate in that.

David Ross:
Well, I, I think that you are uniquely qualified as a social worker, given your experiences in life at a at a very young age and the way that you have come through them, I think that that every client that you have through your and I hope you have a nice, long career will be extremely fortunate to have you to help them along life's journey. So I commend you.

Hayley Weinrauch:
Thank you.

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