2 Last Thursday, House Hero Joel was in great spirits and was enjoying craft time with some of the other kids. The weather was absolutely lovely and Joel was having fun outside on the playground. It was emotional for me to share this experience with Joel. I saw his proud, innocent smile and heard his sweet little laugh as we slid down the slide; at the bottom he exclaimed, “Again!” 22 Joel is such a little fighter and it was an honour to be part of his world, as it has been an honour to share in the lives and experiences of all the families I’ve met this year. “He’s like a totally different kid now,” I say to Joel’s mom, as she smiles with pride while her son plays outside. Beautiful moments such as this will stick with me forever. 222 Thank you, Ronald McDonald House, for allowing me to make meaningful connections with so many families. I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship. It has been a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

-Justine, Social Work Intern