It was a close friendship and connection to the cause that made joining Cam's Kids an easy choice for Laura Alcorn. Now, nearly two years since joining the organization as one of its first Ambassadors, the University of Guelph student continues to make a difference both on campus and among her peers.
“I was close friends with Cam and his family when he passed away, so when the idea of Cam's Kids came up, me and a few friends jumped on the opportunity,” she recalls.
Alcorn joined Cam's Kids just two months after its launch. In the time since, she has led numerous awareness activities at the Guelph campus, as well as championed popular Cam’s Kids initiatives like the Candy Cane Christmas campaign and Valentine's Day Chocolate Hearts drive.
Along with her year-round recruitment and community efforts, Alcorn has done much to connect students to Cam's Kids resources and, in so doing, build a network of support for those dealing with issues of anxiety and mental health.
“It's an important cause,” she insists. “A lot of my close friends and family struggle with anxiety and I know how stressful it can be going away to school and suddenly having to balance social, educational, work, and community commitments all at once. It can be overwhelming, which is why we need to do what we can to help each other.”
Alcorn says she's proud to see Cam's Kids grow throughout Canada and to witness more and more people joining the organization either as Ambassadors, volunteers, or in other support roles.
Looking ahead, she hopes to foster Cam's Kids' presence at the University of Guelph and launch new initiatives, including student clothes swaps, Yoga sessions, and even appearances. She also aims to complete her studies in speech therapy while balancing her volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, her love for intramural sports, and her time with friends and family.
Reflecting on her ongoing work as an Ambassador, she adds, “Cam’s Kids is an organization that's close to my heart, so I'm happy to spread the word.”
Written by Matthew Bradford