You may not know the name Valda Craig, but if you’ve been to the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary, you’ve likely tasted her work. she’s been a volunteer cookie baker at RMHC Calgary for 10 years! During that time, Valda has baked more than 117,000 cookies, creating a comforting taste of home for families who are living away from home while their child is receiving treatment at the hospital.
It’s this tradition of baking in the kitchens of Ronald McDonald Houses that has inspired three delicious new heart-shaped cookies that are now available every day at McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. A portion of the proceeds from every RMHC Cookie sold every day in every flavour goes to support more than 25,000 families who are staying at a Ronald McDonald House or a Ronald McDonald Family Room across Canada.
Thanks to some good weather recently, local skaters were able to celebrate the opening of the first of those skate spots. The integrated skate spot includes a rail and ledge, along with two boxes on either side for the more experienced skaters.
On Saturday, members of the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association and local politicians, including Mayor Ted Clugston and MPs Bob Wanner and Drew Barnes, were on hand at Saamis Rotary Park for the grand opening of the new project.
Skateboard Association volunteer Joshua Swanson designed the skate spot and served as the project manager over the last few months. Construction on the skate spot was lightning quick, with the full project being completed in just five days last week. Swanson said it’s amazing to see the community come together to complete a project in such a small period of time.