Sharing the Love with Ronald McDonald House Manitoba

Every month, MC College Winnipeg students take a break from the hustle and bustle of school and the salon/spa to give some TLC (tender lovin’ care) at the Ronald McDonald House. In a partnership with Robertson College, students are invited into the home to set up a pop-up salon/spa for the House Residents and staff.

From nails decorated with hearts, minions and mini Olaf’s the Esthetics students did express manicures and pedicures:


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While the Hairstyling students made sure the House Guests’ hair game was strong:


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And Robertson College students did massages:


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The first time I volunteered here, I did a mani on Baby Joy. I instantly fell in love with her! The way she looked up at me made me want to keep volunteering” says MC College Esthetics student, Shiniah Simard.

Now in her last 4 months of the Esthetics program, Shiniah says that “before [she] started school, [she] she was really shy and volunteering at the House helped [her] get out of [her] bubble”. “Everyone at the House is super nice and interesting” she continues.

We asked her: why is it important to you to volunteer?
Shiniah:You get to meet a lot of interesting people and it feels good to help others


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The Ronald McDonald House Manitoba is a home away from home for out-of-town families who are in Winnipeg while their children are receiving care for any illness. The House is a warm, welcoming space where families can connect with each other in a supportive environment. For more information, visit:

Beauty Tips with Dawn Marie

Did you know? Wasabi is not only delicious on sushi, but is also healthy for your skin.  Wasabi creates natural effects as an antimicrobial agent, anti-inflammatory and a skin purifier.  Here is a simple recipe to achieve healthier looking skin.

Wasabi Massage Oil:

Combine ¼ cup vegetable oil and ¼ cup light sesame oil in a small saucepan. Heat on low for 2 to 3 minutes or until warm but NOT boiling or smoking. Immediately remove from heat and stir in ½ tsp wasabi paste. Be sure to use a wooden spoon as plastic can leach out chemicals. Cover and let cool for at least 1 hour. Add 5 drops of vitamin E oil.

Rub the oil on back, arms, chest and neck for moisture to create a glowing skin.  The wasabi in the massage oil helps eliminate any bacteria from building up that may be caught under the skin.

Dawn Marie Needham is the School Director at the Vernon Campus.  She is also a beauty consultant for the local newspaper.