This week we would like to introduce our new summer student, Emma Wiechers, who is joining us as our Marketing & Communications Specialist.  Emma enjoys volunteering in the community, especially with children, and is excited to be working in the Cambridge and North Dumfries communities with the Foundation this summer.

Emma shared a bit about herself and her involvement with the foundation so far.

(Emma in Rishikesh, India, standing on the banks of the Ganges River)

Tell us a bit about you!

“I grew up in Northern Ontario, but now consider Waterloo Region my home.  Once our family moved here, I became heavily involved in the performing arts, and eventually went to Randolph College of the Performing Arts in Toronto, where I studied musical theatre.  After performing professionally as an actor for a few years, I had the desire to return to school.  I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and India, where I witnessed first-hand the power of community on a global scale, but at a local level.  Being abroad gave me back that passion I had lost, and I discovered a desire to explore the field of global studies.  Currently, I am studying Global and International Studies at Carleton University, with a specialization in Global Inequalities and Social Change.  I am very excited to see where this field will take me in the future!  In my spare time, I like to sing, read, go on car-trips with my friends, and of course, take time to go to Starbucks.”

What brought you to the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation?

“I had heard about the amazing work CNDCF was doing in the community through my grandmother, Bobbye Goldenberg, who is a supporter of the Foundation.  Based on my program, I wanted to find an organization that was making an impact on the community as a whole, and to get experience working with a non-profit organization.  CNDCF offers support to all kinds of programs and projects from youth-based initiatives to mental health and family counselling services, and beyond.  This really resonated with me.  Being a part of the team this summer has already given me a glimpse into the amount of work the Foundation does for the Cambridge and North Dumfries communities and their dedication they have for making these communities and the people who live here feel valued and heard.”

Tell us how you are involved with the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community?

“I am the Summer Student at CNDCF, where my role is the Marketing and Communications Specialist.  I assist with the preparations for Food for Thought, the RBC Community Challenge, and On the Table, to name a few current initiatives.  I also manage social media and the website.  Another component I get to work on this summer is collecting and tracking our communities’ work in relation to the UN Sustainable Goals.”

What is your favourite thing about the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community?

“The sense of ‘community’, within the communities of Cambridge and North Dumfries and within the Community Foundation itself! Though I didn’t grow up in either of these areas, since being a part of the Foundation, I have been experiencing the feeling of comradery and inclusiveness that community members have expressed and embodied.  It’s exciting to see the community grow and create this wonderful identity. It’s amazing to see community members work together to not only improve their own lives, but the lives of everyone in the community.”

What are your hopes for the future of our community?

“I hope that the community continues to create and support programs and projects that benefit everyone in the community.  In order for all of Cambridge and North Dumfries to flourish, it’s important that every group, every culture, every neighbourhood feel that they belong and that they’re heard.  As a young person, I would love to see more continuous programs designed for youth and young people in the community and I would also love for the continuation of programs that teach people skills to be able to provide for themselves and their families.”

Emma will be working at the Foundation until the end of August, and we look forward to learning from her during her time with us.