Leah Johnson came to the Ronald McDonald House® in Edmonton as a Human Ecology practicum student. Since beginning her volunteer journey in January 2017 Leah has experienced working in the Guest Services Office, assisting the Meals That Mend program, connecting families with resources, and even working with our Teacher & Family Life Coordinator in the RMHCNA Classroom.

Leah on the steps of the Ronald McDonald House®.

One of her greatest joys has been seeing caregivers interact at the House. “Everyone has been very respectful towards one another, and families on long-term stays have shared experiences at the House, and have developed good relationships with one another. And their kids also get the chance to become friends too,” says Leah.

But what Leah finds most rewarding is seeing the direct impact of her work, especially in serving families. She sees burdens lifted when she connects families to resources that help them through their medical journey, giving them the chance to focus on what’s most important: spending time together and making memories.

Another memorable experience for Leah has been her involvement in the Meals That Mend: Lunch Delivery program where she assists a group of loyal volunteers in making lunches that are delivered to families in our partnering hospitals. “It’s a chance to witness first-hand the impact you’re making, and how grateful the recipients are. The children greet you, and remember your name, even though they might not see you on a regular basis!”

Leah making lunch with a group of volunteers.

Thank you Leah, for your commitment to the House and the families that we serve.