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MacEwan Ambassadors prepare a meal for families at Ronald McDonald House in March.

MacEwan Ambassadors volunteer to make meals that mend

April 9, 2019 | Society, Campus Life
You’ve likely seen MacEwan Ambassadors decked out in their maroon golf shirts guiding campus tours and helping out at university events, but these student volunteers don't just dedicate 40-plus hours a year to activities at MacEwan. You’ll also find them making a difference out in the community.

In March, MacEwan Ambassadors diced, chopped, mixed and stirred their way through three Saturday afternoons preparing meals for families at Ronald McDonald House. Emilee Cowan-Nelson, a fourth-year Bachelor of Science student and second-year MacEwan Ambassador, organized two of the sessions as part of her legacy project called Meals that Mend.

She had helped out at Ronald McDonald House last year (first-year ambassadors generally assist with activities that are planned by second- or third-year ambassadors) and knew she wanted to go back.

“We got to see the impact we were having on the families,” says Emilee. “The kitchen is open, so while we’re cooking, the families are talking and the kids are playing. We could see who we were helping and it made us really want to do a good job.”

This year, she recruited the 10 volunteers she needed for each meal, planned the menus and shopping lists and applied for a Student Community Engagement Grant to purchase the food.

“Taking five hours out of a day to prepare a meal really isn’t much, but the families are really thankful,” says Emilee. “I think that shows that volunteering doesn’t have to be a big, grand gesture. Little things can make a difference.”

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Emilee Cowan-Nelson (far right) and her fellow MacEwan Ambassadors at Ronald McDonald house on March 8.

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