May 5, 2020 | By: Oatley Vigmond, Michelle Baumann
As Ontarians navigate the effects of COVID-19, it’s important for everyone to make an effort to keep in touch with friends and loved ones as best that they can. During the next few months, we’ll be reaching out to Oatley Vigmond’s lawyers, accident benefits specialists, and hard-working staff through a recurring “Checking In With _________” Q&A segment hosted on the firm’s website.
Today’s check-in is with Oatley Vigmond Accident Benefits Specialist Michelle Baumann.
What 2020 has been like for her:
“It has been quite the year. In truth though, the challenges within my family started at the end of 2019 when my 10 year old son suffered a bad break to his collarbone. Then, in mid-February, I fell while skiing and I fractured my pelvis. My 9 year old daughter subsequently fell and fractured her wrist. Now, we’ve found the world adjusting to crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic…. These are extraordinary times.”
What she’s been up to:
“Life has certainly been disrupted, but we are doing our best to keep our spirits positive and to find fun in each day. I’m proud of my family and of our resilience. We’ve spent a good majority of our time outdoors: biking, creating sidewalk chalk art, going on adventure hikes, having campfires, and more. We find ourselves fantasizing about getting our boat in the water sometime soon… self-isolating on Georgian Bay will surely be wonderful. We celebrated my youngest daughter’s birthday in April with a surprise parade party – it was lovely to see so many of our family and friends with their cars and bicycles decorated as they drove by our home. As for me, as I continue to progress in my recovery, I’ve kept busy with guitar, yoga, contact with my loved ones, and, of course, virtual physiotherapy. I look forward to being able to run again soon and I’m optimistic about running a marathon in 2021.”
What she is thankful for:
“These last months have forced my family to slow down… this is not entirely a bad thing. We are blessed to have much love, plenty of space in our rural living, and a peaceful routine. I’m glad to be working and to be able to continue to support my clients and to stay in touch with my colleagues.”
Her message to the industry/Oatley Vigmond community:
“I miss you all and I can’t wait to see you, face to face, as soon as possible. Please, stay safe and stay well. You are in my thoughts!”