Diana Sutter was a hard-working woman who loved her job. Having worked with Children’s Mental Health Ontario for over twelve years, Diana had dealt with many different people and situations. Not much could upset her anymore. She loved her co-workers and enjoyed going to work every day.
Susan, a 54 year old legal assistant and mother of three adult children, arrived home from work one evening to receive a call telling her that her only daughter was being rushed into emergency surgery that would likely amputate both legs. Her daughter had presented at hospital malnourished and infected with flesh-eating disease caused by her illicit injection drug use. Dropping everything, Susan took the next flight to the West Coast to be with her daughter and to see to her care.
For many years, Rebecca had liked her job as an insolvency consultant, but the combination of gaining new and bigger responsibilities in the workplace, and an increasingly busy family life, started to cause Rebecca to experience panic attacks at work. The emotional and mental stress of consulting with clients who were under great stress and sadness, as well as dealing with a lot of harassing phone calls from creditors and collection agencies, made it difficult for Rebecca to handle the increased workload and day to day family life. Although Rebecca asked for support from her employers, her stress was not taken seriously.
Tanya had come a long way in her life. She had lost her husband, raised their five children on her own and was climbing the ladder at work. For a long time, Tanya felt great about her experience at work; they gave her many opportunities and responsibilities. In fact, many people at work saw Tanya as an inspiration, and went out of their way to celebrate her successes.
Angela was a mess emotionally and physically. The church, for whom she served as minister, turned its back on her when she needed it most. Angela was at the stage of burnt out. Her husband, who was ill, was frustrated because she spent more time at work than she spent with him.
At age 48, Lynda Morton thought that life was unfolding as it should. She had a happy marriage and two grown children. Her work as an assistant manager in a retail store was rewarding enough that she had stayed with the company for fifteen years. In a few years, she could look forward to retirement. Then illness overtook her.
Faced with stress at work and numerous personal problems, Nelson was having trouble coping. Initially his employer had been understanding and under the Group Disability benefits he had at work, he applied for short-term disability...
Scott was a top performing salesperson for a large national manufacturing company. His sales region required a lot of driving and he spent most of his time in his car.
Eric Cullin was a successful owner of 5 Tim Horton Donut Franchises. These thriving locations kept him very busy and provided for him and his family. Several years before his accountant had suggested that he should really consider buying a disability insurance policy to replace his income in the event of unexpected illness.
At age 45, Ellen Sycamore loved her job as an Administrative Assistant in a large hi tech company. There was always a new, exciting project that her team was involved with as her company was on the frontier of developments in new wireless technology.
Dr. Denis Montrose
At age 52, Dr. Denis Montrose had a thriving dental practice. He had noticed some mild tremors at age 50 and was diagnosed with mild Parkinson's Disease a few months later. Such a devastating diagnosis caused Dr. Montrose to worry about his future health and livelihood, but he considered himself lucky because he had purchased the best private disability policy available on the marketplace when his kids entered school twenty years before.
Dr. Margarite Patel
Margarite Patel had achieved all of her goals. At 35 she had established a successful family medicine practice, owned her own home, and she had recently started dating a very nice man. Everything was coming together nicely.