The poem that I wrote was inspired by a presentation that was done at the volunteer dinner when a man spoke of his experience of Hurricane Katrina. He spoke highly of the volunteers and showed how grateful he was to have angels come to New Orleans to help him get through such a tragedy. I was touched by his words and decided to write this poem for our Ryerson team.

It was no coincidence we were sent to New Orleans

One by one we came closer to our dreams

As soldiers we stepped up to the battlefield

No one could stop us we refused to yield

The people were in great need

Tanya and Pascal took the lead

It was no coincidence we are in New Orleans

One by one we came closer to our dreams

Transitions were tough felt different inside

Although we stumbled we continued to ride

At times it was hard to cope

Yet we held on to the hope

It was no coincidence we were sent to New Orleans

One by one we came closer to our dreams

Residents spent many nights kneeling

Waiting for a sense of healing

Smiles, laughs and love filled the air

As the residents confirmed that someone still cared

It was no coincidence we were sent to New Orleans

One by one we came closer to our dreams

As we wept and cried many tears

We remained strong as we faced our fears

It was in our hearts we couldn’t cease

To help bring forth faith, love and peace

It was no coincidence we were sent to New Orleans

To help the residents fulfill their dreams

 Peace to Ryerson Team Two

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