Emily Andrews, MAC Member for Western Australia
My name is Emily Andrews. I am 21 years old, I live in Perth and I am studying Communication and Media Studies at the University of Western Australia. I am the younger of twins with an older brother as well, and I was sixteen when my Dad passed away from bowel cancer during my Year 11 exams.
It was just two weeks after my Dad passed away, in 2012, that I went on my first CanTeen camp. It was also the exact same time that my love and passion for CanTeen and CanTeen leadership began. I found people who understood exactly what I was feeling and could talk about it easily and casually. At a time when my every word about my Dad was met with awkward, stumbling conversation, if not outright avoidance of the topic, it was a game-changing relief.
In CanTeen I have found opportunities to better myself as a person and a later as a leader, but most importantly as a friend. Through CanTeen I have made friends all over Australia who support me and inspire me to be better and do better. I think any of my family or friends will be able to tell you that not five years ago I was a guarded and sullen person, but it is through this organisation that I have learnt the importance of being an open and supportive friend.
I joined the leadership team by the second camp I went on and I have strived for more and more involvement in the organisation since. I have been a General Leader Member, then the Vice-President, and I have spent the past two years as the President of the Western Australian division. Now, I hope to represent my division and our unique challenges on a national level as the new MAC for Western Australia. I will give everything I have to make CanTeen even better for all my friends in Western Australia, and hopefully I can give back to them in even the smallest way to show how much they have given me.