Makena Hind created Calgary Swims for Lunch (CSFL), a group
based out of the Forest Lawn Outdoor Pool. CSFL hosts a volunteer-based program
to help kids learn how to swim, spread water safety, and provide lunch to those
in need during the summer months. After working in the neighborhood and
observing the need, Makena set to work creating a program where children can
enjoy learning to swim while having a nutritious meal, which is supported by local groups such as Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, LeftOvers Rescue Food, and other donations.
Makena is a champion for the children in her community and
CSFL. She tirelessly raises awareness about the organization on top of working
and going to school. She works to spread the word about the opportunity for
children in the community to join CSFL, and makes connections to help CSFL find
volunteers and food sponsors. She is hoping to expand the program to other
neighborhoods as there is a great need for summer drop-in programs that offer
lunch and activities.