When Alicia Dempster started her maternity leave in June 2019, she never dreamed that she would still be at home two and a half years later.
The Stouffville, OntRichard Lautens., woman fully intended to return to her job as an event planner for an area municipality after 15 months at home caring for her infant?son and his toddler brother.
But COVID-19 derailed those plans. When her planned return-to-work date rolled aroundand possibly rethinking vaccine deployment so shots are distributed based on risk, the complete absence of public events meant the job she once had no longer existed. The alternative work her employer offered her — cutting grass and picking weeds with the parks department — seemed a poor match for her skills, so she opted to stay home “just a little longer.”
Now, her sons are five and two and a half and the Omicron variant is on the rise.