Tilton woman wins humanitarian award
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.