2018 New Member of the Year Award!

By Samantha Parker

The New Member of the Year Award was  established  in 2015 to recognize a New Member who has a strong desire to volunteer, the willingness to devote her time to our projects as well as training and planning meetings, and is motivated to develop her own potential. In addition to showcasing creativity and enthusiasm in the planning of her new member project, this member shares our commitment to voluntarism and is eager to explore new opportunities for growth in the Junior League of Edmonton.

Congratulations to our New Member of the Year Award winner Adrianna MacPherson!

“I had the pleasure of working with Adrianna on the Social media side of the International Women’s Day new member project. She is organized, detailed, on time and well spoken. Adrianna has been and will continue to be a great new asset to the Junior League family.” -Samantha Parker, Internal Communications Chair

How long have you been a JLE member?

I’ve been a JLE member for a little under a year — I was part of the Fall 2017 class.

What does it mean to you to receive this award?

It’s a complete honour. I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule, but I really try to make it a priority to give back and have a positive impact on the community, so it was touching to see that effort recognized.

What is your favorite memory in your time being with the League?

I really enjoyed the process of planning our new member project for International Women’s Day. It was a great introduction to the structure of the League and how things worked, and I really loved that Embrace was the film we ended up picking to screen. Body positivity/self-esteem are such important topics, and it was a great way to tie into our focus area of girls’ self-esteem.

What is one thing that everyone can do to improve the climate for Junior League internationally?

I think just bringing awareness to the organization and what it does. As we discussed in our latest retreat, name recognition for the League varies according to where you are in the world, and I think that just being clear on what League members do and what the organization is all about is key.

Do you have any advice for new or active JLE member?

My one piece of advice would be that you really do get what you put in. There are plenty of organizations out there that are a great fit if you’re just looking to volunteer for an afternoon or a weekend. Junior League is special because there are just so many opportunities to learn and grow, and I think that really taking advantage of all that, giving your all to your placement position, and even participating in social events and just getting to know your fellow members, is important.

What or who inspires you and why?

This may be a bit too general, but I’m truly inspired by all the amazing women out there, in the League, in the community, and around the world. I will never tire of hearing the stories, whether in articles or on podcasts or in person, of women who are just fearless and ferocious and determined to change the world.

Congratulations Adrianna on your award, you really deserve it. 🙂