WATCH — Meet 2 teen essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic

Anisha Latchman
Story by Anisha Latchman and CBC Kids News • 2020-05-19 15:10

Teens share their experiences in video

Margaux Didonè and Makhena Guérin are both doing essential jobs during the pandemic.

Margaux is a cashier at a grocery store, and Makhena works at a long-term care facility.

Their jobs are essential, meaning they are really important.

But what makes these girls unique is their age: They’re teenagers.

Makhena from Ottawa is 17.

Margaux is 16 and lives in Mississauga, Ont.

A hoop dancer and a teen cashier.

Makhena Guérin, left, volunteers as a hoop dancer at the nursing home in Ottawa where she looks after elderly people. Margaux Didonè is a cashier at a grocery store in Mississauga, Ont. (City of Ottawa, CBC)

The Canadian government describes an essential service as any “services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians.”

So what does life as a teen essential worker look like? Check out the video below to find out:


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About the Contributor

Anisha Latchman
Anisha Latchman
CBC Kids News Contributor
Anisha Latchman is a 17-year-old photographer and videographer from Mississauga, Ont. She can be found both behind and in front of the camera, acting in small video projects and delivering news on her high school's morning announcements team. When she isn't handling cameras, she also enjoys playing the ukulele, watching movies and travelling the world. In the future, Anisha hopes to study abroad, experience new cultures and pursue her passion for the creative arts.

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