Bachelor of Social Work graduate Ashley Gosse has been awarded the 2013 Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year Award for the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
Gosse has demonstrated her passion for social justice and community improvement issues, particularly with her involvement in Sleep Out 120, a campaign that raises awareness of the issue of youth homelessness. The award was presented to Ms. Gosse at the Canadian Red Cross humanitarian awards dinner held at the St. John's Convention Centre on Nov. 21.
"Volunteering is rewarding to me in many different ways on a personal level. In particular my involvement with Sleep Out 120 has provided me a new perspective on what it means to be privileged within our society. I now consider having a safe place to call home a privilege. We do not always recognize those basic things as something we should be grateful for until we do not have it anymore," said Ms. Gosse.
Gosse became involved with Sleep Out 120 in 2011. Since this time, over $30,000 has been raised and campaign locations have expanded to Corner Brook, Goose Bay and Memorial University with four more locations added this year. As a member of the team, she has worked hard to expand the program across the province and has been successful in the growth and participation of individuals and communities. Her efforts have helped raise awareness about homelessness in this province among both university students and community members.
"Sleep Out 120 and the people who actively participate in that campaign provide me with hope. Hope that there will come a day when every person has a safe and consistent place to call home and all their basic needs are being met. I believe there will come a day when that happens and I know that we as a society can make that happen," said Ms. Gosse.
Gosse graduated from Memorial’s School of Social Work in 2013. In recognition of her tremendous commitment to social justice and leadership efforts while studying, she received the Jackie Brown Memorial Scholarship. She was also the recipient of the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Social Workers student award. As a student, Ashley was a dedicated volunteer with many women's organizations on campus. She also fulfilled the role of lunch and learn coordinator for the School of Social Work and served as president of the class of 2013.
“Ashley is passionate about making a change in the community and is driven to that goal as a volunteer and in her chosen career as a social worker,” said Kim Kelly, student services coordinator of the bachelor of social work program.
The School of Social Work is very proud to congratulate Ms. Gosse on her humanitarian contributions and winning this prestigious award!