Til­ton woman wins hu­man­i­tar­ian award

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Ash­ley Gosse, a 24-year old Til­ton na­tive, has been awarded the New­found­land and Labrador Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for 2013 from Cana­dian Red Cross.

Cana­dian Red Cross presents this award to a young per­son that demon­strates the “spirit of hu­man­ity through vol­un­teer work, ad­vo­cacy, lead­er­ship and/or phi­lan­thropy in their com­mu­nity or around the world.”

Gosse was the pres­i­dent of the Me­mo­rial Univer­sity so­cial work class of 2013 and has been a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with other or­ga­ni­za­tions on cam­pus.

“Peo­ple who vol­un­teer their time to help peo­ple don’t do it for the recog­ni­tion,” she wrote The Com­pass in an ex­change on so­cial me­dia. “We do it to help.”

Gosse, daugh­ter of Bruce and Pa­tri­cia Gosse, was rec­og­nized for her in­volve­ment with many dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Sleep­out 120 event in St. John’s where she has been a co-or­di­na­tor for two years and a par­tic­i­pant for one. She helped with rais­ing some $30,000 for the or­ga­ni­za­tion in those three years, while also help­ing the event branch out provin­cially.

Her re­sume of vol­un­teer work is lengthy, and said she finds it hard to keep track of ev­ery­thing she has done.

“I’ve spread my net wide in vol­un­teer­ing,” she wrote. “I have vol­un­teered with sin­gle mothers, longterm care fa­cil­i­ties and with other vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions.”

Cana­dian Red Cross provin­cial di­rec­tor Rhonda Ken­ney made the an­nounce­ment May 22 in St. John’s.

“(Gosse) is a leader with pas­sion for com­mu­nity and we are con­fi­dent that she will con­tinue to set an ex­am­ple for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

Gosse will be hon­oured Nov. 14 at the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Awards din­ner at the Delta St. John’s Ho­tel and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre along with win­ner of the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, Bruce Tem­ple­ton of St. John’s. All pro­ceeds will go to­wards Cana­dian Red Cross disas­ter re­lief and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams through­out the prov­ince.

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