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Thirteen volunteers made four kinds of soup on February 13, 2019, to help the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society. The event was organized under the Soup Sisters umbrella and took place in Calgary.

The Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society’s mission is “to provide a broad continuum of support services, guided by Aboriginal traditional teachings that include prevention, intervention, and healing to anyone affected by any form of abuse”. Their vision is “nurturing families living in peace”.

The volunteers made over 120 portions of soup, consisting of: Chicken Noodle, Hamburger, Spaghetti Meatball, and Pasta and Bean.

The Urbanite crew included: Leigh Chmilar, Aaron Mann, Brier Reid, Kayla Brewer, Ariane Sauter, Sharon Cyrenne, Dayna Johnson, Lee Giddens, Yubin Chen, Elias Hernandez, Jessica Vass, Jinhee Kang and Liliana Bozic (not pictured).

“Overall, it was a great event,” says Elias Hernandez. “We had lots of fun helping others in need!”

Sharon Cyrenne said her favorite part was “finding out about the people who we were helping, getting a chance to speak to the staff from the Healing Lodge, and feeling a connection to where our help was going.”

Soup Sisters was originally founded in Calgary by Sharon Hapton, and the organization just celebrated their 10th anniversary.

Calgary’s Foundation backyard team is keen to continue helping with the Soup Sisters and plans to organize future events.

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