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With 44 students attending 163 days of class at RMHCNA, the 2016-2017 school year was by far our busiest yet. This week was the last week of school before our summer programming officially kicks off, so I wanted to take a moment reflect on some the amazing highlights this last year has seen. One of the…

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Over the weekend I celebrated my 50th birthday and over the years, I have had lots of opportunities to meet incredible people and do many incredible things! As several of my closest friends were turning 50 this year, I was invited to hall parties, pig roasts and golf tournaments. But for me, I wanted to…

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There are so many ways to raise funds for the House. Here are just a few of our recent fundraisers in Grande Prairie: The Home & Garden Show collected over $500 for RMHCNA. Pro West donates $100 from each furnace sale to RMHCNA. United Rentals collected donations, books, and pajamas during their annual campaign to…

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Ted Schenk had just retired when he saw a spotlight about the RMHCNA Shuttle Program on the news. He thought it might be the perfect opportunity to volunteer, and he it’s safe to say that since that moment Ted has become a treasured member of our Army of Kindness. Along with driving the shuttle, Ted…

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My family has a long volunteering history at the House (baking, donating gifts/clothing, general cleaning or task completion), but my first time was around 2012. It started with my mom – she works at ATCO and developed a relationship with RMHCNA to make them ATCO’s charity of choice. My dad is also a volunteer driver…

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Volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House® devote a lot of time supporting the House in all of its programs and services. What inspires them to devote their time? Everyone has a different reason whether it’s giving back to the community, making a difference, learning new skills, or building on existing knowledge and credentials. Kere Sheppard…

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Caryn Halstead and Allison Secord are better known around RMHCNA as the Firegirls. Most recently they were volunteering their time for Meals That Mend: Frozen Edition, a program that they have championed from the very start. They have made hundreds of frozen meals for families at the House and in the hospital to enjoy, ensuring…

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The Rejuvenate Program is such a huge blessing to families living in the Ronald McDonald House®. Parents spend so much time at the hospital taking care of their children that they rarely have time for themselves. This program gives parents the opportunity to sign up for an hour of pampering or exercise, to clear their…

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It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and at RMHCNA it is very easy to see why. We are grateful that so many community members come to the House through the Helping Hands volunteer program and lovingly fill our kitchens with baking and cooking to feed our guests. In…

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When I first walked into Ronald McDonald House® to chat with Kristin, the Volunteer Services Manager, about a position I had no idea what a wonderful place it was. All I knew about it was the commercials I had seen on TV and the occasional news story, and I was interested in volunteering for a…

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