For Sheryl, eating is more than just a way of fueling the body. Eating out is a social occasion, and, pre-pandemic, was also an important way for her and her husband to enjoy independence, since they could go on their own to places like Tim Hortons and McDonalds. During the pandemic, they’ve been getting food from those places as either drive-through or takeout, which fulfills the getting out of the house part of things, but not the previous independence they both enjoyed. On the plus side, they’ve been going on more picnics and other outside safe eating, including at Pajo’s in Steveston or Garry Point Park. Fortunately, fish n’ chips is one of Sheryl’s favourite meals!
An Interview with Sheryl Jaud
What is you/your family’s migration story?
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario. I moved to BC with my family when I was 14 years old.
What does food mean to you? How do you identify with food?
Food is important to me. I like being able to choose what I eat. I like Canadian food such as hamburgers, hotdogs and pasta noodles.
How do you normally help out at home when preparing for meals?
I make meat loaf and spaghetti with my caregiver. I help to mix the ingredients together. I can prepare some meals by myself such as instant oatmeal and sandwiches.
How would you describe your diet? What is a healthy diet to you?
I eat soft foods. I avoid dairy and tomatoes because I have a sensitive stomach. I think eating vegetables and fruits is healthy for me but I don’t like eating vegetables. I do like bananas!
How has the pandemic impacted the way you eat and access food?
My husband and I used go to Tim Hortons at Richmond Center several times a week for tea and sometimes a snack. This stopped for us during Covid. We also stopped family gatherings. I miss having special dinners with them.
What are some of your favourite restaurants in Richmond?
I like White Spot. I like their French fries the best.
What are you looking forward to after the pandemic is over?
I am looking forward to going out to the mall and taking the bus again.
Richmond Society for Community Living
This story is part of a collaboration with Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL), Richmond’s largest non-profit social service organization that provides “exceptional programs and services for infants with special needs, children and adults with developmental disabilities. … RSCL also helps family members access programs and services, ensuring quality of care throughout the lifespan of the individual supported.”
A member of RSCL’s Independent Living program, which supports individuals who have chosen to live in their own communities, shares their experiences with accessing food and building virtual community during the COVID-19 pandemic.