I’ve always been a big fan of smiles. Every day I help make smiles healthier, straighter, and whiter, but one of my most favourite things about smiles is happiness that makes them exist in the first place.
Something that patients may not know about me is that I served on the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House Board and was President from 2002-2004. The Ronald McDonald House helps sick children and their families by providing affordable housing that helps to reduce the stress of what they are going through. The mentorship that these families then provide to each other in a comfortable, warm, and caring atmosphere helps them all relax together and enjoy quality time with their sick kids. I witnessed smiles during my time here that were truly incredible, and helping families find happiness during the most difficult time of their lives is something I never want to stop doing.
There are many things that I’ve learned throughout the years that have taught me what true success looks like. When I look back on my life and who I have grown to become, I see service and contribution as two of my most important teachers.
To elaborate, I’d like to share a story from my experience on the board:
The Edmonton Ronald McDonald House needed to expand. As President, I was given a budget to negotiate the purchase of a residence next door. I met the owner and invited him for a visit. At the end of the tour, I told him that we needed to expand. Rather than asking how much he wanted, however, I asked whether he would consider donating the residence… and the answer was YES!
This generosity is a catalyst that inspires everyone to do more. Volunteering is an experience that money can’t buy, and this spirit is so important at all levels of a community.
On Sunday, the ThirtyTwo Dental team will be visiting the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House to prepare a meal for the families staying there and hopefully spread some smiles along the way. This organization will always have a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to sharing just how special it is with the rest of the team.
For more information or to get involved too, visit rmhcna.org/get-involved.