Embrace the Chaos by Jenelle Macdonald

27 05 2017

Dear, Family, Friends, Followers and Alumni Champions,

My name is Jenelle Macdonald and I am entering the final year of my Kinesiology degree at UFV. This year I was given the opportunity to come back to Antigua as a third year champion, and for that I am so grateful. This year I was fortunate enough to be placed at Mary E. Pigotts Primary School which is new to our program. The teachers as well as the students welcomed my teaching partner, Jaclyn McNicol and I with open arms. Spending this past month there has been a whirlwind and it feels like our first day of school was only yesterday.

Today, we successfully conquered our last Unity Games day thanks to our Unity Games Coordinator, Blair Cumming, and our amazing team. We started our day off by convoying to the Adele School for Special Children where we also had the pleasure of having The Victory Centre joining in the fun! The students were so full of life and love and enjoyed all of the amazing games that we got to play. We were then treated to a lunchtime performance of several songs performed by the students that made us get up out of our seat to dance. We then embarked on our journey towards our very last Unity Games at T.N. Kirnon. We arrived at their lunchtime and after countless games of Shame Shame, it was time to get the ball rolling. All of the students were so excited and it seemed like their smiles only got bigger with each game that they went to. Then, just like that, it was over.

There is only one word to really describe Unity Games in my opinion, and that would be chaos. When people hear that word they believe it to be negative but in this case it means the total opposite. Unity Games chaos is composed of a field full of students laughing, screaming, smiling and trying to stay inside the cones. It’s composed of our team taking that all in and teaching our games with every last ounce of energy we have to make this day the best day of our students lives. The only way to accomplish this is to simply, embrace the chaos.

One of the many mottos that this team has is, “new year, new experience” and each year this program grows stronger with each passing team. This program is not just collaboration amongst the team; it is so much bigger than that. So, thank you to Dr. Sheppard, our colleagues on island, Alumni Champions, the Antiguan Ministry of Education and our many other supporters for working together to make this program what it is today. When many of us get home we will find it hard to explain to you how this past month went because, words will just not do it justice. The bottom line is that this program changes you. It helped me grow as an educator and as a person, opened my eyes to a world I did not know to be a reality and taught me how to embrace the chaos. A piece of my heart will always stay here in Antigua.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”

   – Winnie the Pooh

See you in Canada,

Jenelle Macdonald
Third Year Champion
Mary E. Pigotts Primary


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