Oilers Ladies Volunteering with Soup Sisters

Jen Scrivens
March 25 2014 01:11PM

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On Monday evening, the Oilers Ladies and front office employees teamed up with Soup Sisters to make and donate soup for WIN House. Soup Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and children. With branches across Canada, the organization works to aid victims of domestic abuse and youth homelessness with the comfort of a bowl of soup. It’s a simple concept with a powerful impact.

Soup Sisters Edmonton supports local WIN House and YESS, and the soup we made last night was packaged and immediately sent to the WIN House for women fleeing domestic violence. We had the chance to learn more about these organizations and how the soup we prepare actually makes a difference. 

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The organization has flourished in Edmonton, and the Soup Sisters are booked all the way through 2014 and into 2015. If you’re looking for ways to help, you can purchase their cookbook online or from your local Chapters bookstore. The proceeds go directly to women and children in need. 

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What Volunteering Means to Me

As partners of professional athletes, we find much gratification in volunteering our time to those in need. While I’m familiar with living in North America, a lot of women uproot their lives in countries like Sweden, Finland and Russia to support their partner’s NHL career. Finding your place in a new city can be hard enough on its own, but brushing up on English (which may be some women’s third or fourth language) is another challenge.  Giving back to the local community that supports us is just one way we can say thank you. 

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I’m still relatively new to this lifestyle, since Ben has only been playing professional hockey for four seasons, but I have a lot of respect for the women who have a lot more experience and have helped me acclimate. This was my first chance to volunteer in the city of Edmonton, and I’m looking forward the next opportunity to meet more people who call this city home.

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Nation Editor's Note: As a thank you to Jen Scrivens and the Oilers ladies, Wanye will be donating $1000 to Soup Sisters on behalf of everyone at OilersNation. Thank you, ladies!

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Communications Manager for Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta, @Cornell and @HumberCollege PR grad, lifelong student... Follow me on Twitter @JenScrivs
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#51 watkinator
March 25 2014, 03:18PM
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JEN SCRIVENS IS ON OILERSNATION?!?!?!

Wanye! This is a coup! I didn't think you had any soul left to sell to pull this sort of thing off!

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#52 Chainsawz
March 25 2014, 03:20PM
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Great blog post.

Moar!

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#53 kdunbar
March 25 2014, 03:21PM
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So is Jen going to be a regular blogger on this site now?

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#54 SmythsMullet
March 25 2014, 03:21PM
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First lady of Edmonton, Way to go!!

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#55 Lawndemon
March 25 2014, 03:33PM
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Thank you for your contribution to the community. It's a tough time in Oilerville right now and this is the type of thing that reminds us of the off-ice value the Oilers bring to the city.

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#56 oildawg99
March 25 2014, 03:37PM
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Great article and a great reminder for SOME Oilers fans that these players and their families are members of your community. Sure they make lots of money to perform and it can be frustrating for fans when they struggle. These are not just hockey players but fathers and husbands and contributing members of our community.

I hope some people can remember that the next time they go on an irrational rant about one of these players or start swearing about the team or throwing jerseys on the ice. I have heard some really ugly things about these young men in recent days and Oiler fans need to start living up to their claim as : "the best fans in the world" and throwing your jersey on the ice is not helping that claim at all.

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#57 The Real Scuba Steve
March 25 2014, 03:39PM
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Hey maybe the Soup Sisters will suit up for The Oilers Vs The Sharks?

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#58 Wanyes bastard child
March 25 2014, 04:07PM
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Wanye wrote:

WTF?! WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE?

Wait, could I be legally adopted by the Scrivenses? If so, this plan is fine by me. Street hockey with my new parents would be the bomb.

Wait, would that then make them my grandparents?!?!

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#59 OilClog
March 25 2014, 04:21PM
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I sure hope that soup includes bacon

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#60 Pete
March 25 2014, 04:23PM
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Wanyes bastard child wrote:

Wait, would that then make them my grandparents?!?!

No, it wouldn't

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#61 Ambassador humantorch
March 25 2014, 04:28PM
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Despite the product on the ice this was a super great read. Kudos to the LadyOilers for their work in making Edmonton a better place.

JEN SCRIVENS FOR POHO

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#62 Jay87
March 25 2014, 04:32PM
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Awesome to read about :)

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#63 vetinari
March 25 2014, 04:40PM
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Thanks for being part of the community and welcome to Edmonton.

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#64 Wanye
March 25 2014, 04:46PM
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watkinator wrote:

JEN SCRIVENS IS ON OILERSNATION?!?!?!

Wanye! This is a coup! I didn't think you had any soul left to sell to pull this sort of thing off!

This aint got nothin to do with me homie. This was all the First Lady and baggedmilk.

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#65 toprightcorner
March 25 2014, 05:06PM
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I love hearing about great projects like that. It should remind all of us that hockey is just a game and that there are much more important things in the world. The partners of the players usually get forgotten about and I know they always do great work in the community.

I hope articles like this will continue to be posted regularly to remind all of us couch GM's that there is a real life side to the players and their families and it would do good to have these reminders when many comments at ON are trashing players and taking shots at them.

Hats off to the ladies!

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#66 ubermiguel
March 25 2014, 05:09PM
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Jen, welcome to Edmonton, and welcome to the Nations!

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#67 Harlie
March 25 2014, 05:09PM
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Awesome work Oilers ladies!

Great cause and it's neat to learn about the Soup Sisters, WIN House and the Oil Foundation and all that they do and who they help.

And it's nice to have a female voice around here again, touching story and thank you for being a volunteer Jen!!

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#68 OilBomber
March 25 2014, 05:38PM
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Could the powers that be, the OilersNation braintrust or the jeanyuses that run this fine example of interweb bloggery please ask Mrs Scrivens to be a regular content contributor?

The current state of the team and their lackadaisical, sub-par performance for the last 8 years has led many of your readers to lose perspective. It would be great to hear about some of the good things that the Oilers extended organization does for the community.

Give us some water on this long walk through the desert. Please.

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#69 Total Points
March 25 2014, 06:07PM
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Great job ladies!

Maybe the men can support the men in our community who also fall the cracks.

Most, if not all of the homeless are male

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#70 Jaw17
March 26 2014, 08:12AM
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Ambassador humantorch wrote:

Despite the product on the ice this was a super great read. Kudos to the LadyOilers for their work in making Edmonton a better place.

JEN SCRIVENS FOR POHO

I think we should make this happen, out with Lowe in with the First Lady!!

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#71 Jeff
March 26 2014, 10:06AM
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Jen Scrivens blogging brought a smile to my face.

We need more people like the Scrivens in Edmonton.

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#72 watkinator
March 26 2014, 02:02PM
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@Wanye

No wonder you finally gave baggedmilk a job. He actually earned it!

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#73 VK63
March 26 2014, 03:39PM
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Awesome!

Cookbooks ordered.

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#74 Mike Modano's Dog
March 27 2014, 10:04PM
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First of all - a warm welcome to edmonton, Jen!

I am so happy to see you doing this; like al lot of others who commented here it too made me smile to see that. It's really great to see you giving all of the other Edmontonians a chance and coming here to lend a hand in our community, especially! Good on you - and all the others for doing this incredible work. All of you Oiler women, as well as everyone else there that helps out too!

One more thing: would you (please) keep on writing here?! I hope you too have noticed the sincere overwhelming response from the regulars here! Normally you can't get us to agree on the sky being blue! Maybe you can let us know how it is going through the off-season, even what it's like moving here, and telling us about the great things you Oiler wives and girlfriends are doing, or that you would like to make us aware of!!

I think we've all greatly enjoyed hearing the stories of our resident ex-NHL writers (I know I have!) Hearing from the current wife of a player would be a refreshing and interesting take on things!!

At any rate, welcome to the site! :)

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