If the growth and continued success of the Cam’s Kids Foundation has taught us anything, it’s that we should never underestimate the influence, and sheer exuberance, of young people.
In her new role as the foundation’s Research and Development Coordinator, Meghan Kelleher, 25, brings boundless enthusiasm and passion to the Cam’s Kids Foundation.
Meghan was well aware of the Cam’s Kids Foundation upon its creation. Attending the University of Ottawa where she attained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Meghan, while not a Cam’s Kids Ambassador, participated “whenever I could” in Cam’s Kids events.
This past summer, having completed her Master of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, she approached the foundation about taking that involvement to the next level.
"My goal is to help grow the website to be more all encompassing,” says Meghan.
“It does a good job of providing tips and tools for those who struggle (with anxiety), but there’s a gap, and that’s helping people who support those who are struggling. My main objective is to develop a resource section for supporters, whether that’s a parent, teacher or loved one. I know firsthand how lonely anxiety can be, and it’s even more lonely when people don’t understand what you are going through. My hope is that by providing tips and resources that are easily accessible for friends and family, less anxiety-sufferers will feel judged and misunderstood. Perhaps fewer parents and teachers will feel helpless and confused if they can learn more about the signs, symptoms, and types of anxiety, as well as gain some tools on how they can help."
Elated to have this opportunity with Cam’s Kids, Meghan terms her involvement with the foundation “a no brainer”, adding “I wanted to continue researching the brain without having to analyze statistics for the rest of my life. I wanted to do something I was personally connected with, that would also allow me to interact with people one on one. This job is all of that, and more. It couldn’t be more perfect.”
Meghan adds that growing up in Uxbridge - “a tight knit community” as she describes it – helped prepare her for her new role. “I dealt with a lot growing up. It was an experience I believe is shared by many in our community. While incredibly difficult, challenges help you understand that life isn’t necessarily perfect, and that its’ OK. There are so many people and resources available to support you, like Cam’s Kids.
Moving forward in her role, Meghan says success will be reliant on the opportunity “to help even one person.”
“The power of youth is unstoppable. Young people need to feel they have a voice. We’re the ones that will be making a difference in the future, so why not start now? Being a part of the foundation is a win every day for me.”