For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed life down, but for Major Samuel Lee and his wife, Jane, it has had quite the opposite affect.  

Both work in organisations that play key roles in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Western Australia.

Jane is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and has been training nurses in how to care for ventilated patients.  

“While I have not directly cared for COVID-19 patients as I am pregnant, I am still able to do my part by upskilling those nurses who could help on the frontline,” she said. 

Major Lee commands the Army Reserve’s 109th Signal Squadron and he has been helping the community on Operation COVID-19 Assist. 

He has been responsible for looking after communication and information systems used by the Joint Task Group. 

One aspect of Major Lee’s work includes ensuring teams around the state can effectively communicate with each other and with their headquarters while on tasks.

“Although our roles are different, we were both working on the same problem, just from different sides,” Major Lee said.

“Sometimes we were like two ships in the night - one would come off shift while the other started, but we made it work.” 

With their jobs becoming more demanding, Jane said the outpouring of love from the people of WA made it all the worthwhile. 

“It’s an amazing opportunity and we feel loved by the community with generous donations of food and drink and offers of help,” she said.

“We both have immune-compromised and elderly family members, so we had to stick to ourselves a lot. 

“That’s why it’s nice to see that in such a separating time, the community has come together to help each other.”