During a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ashleigh Quarrell (HBComm '09) received a Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in April 2013. Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad.
It's no small wonder that only 250 Canadians have received the award since it was started! Ashleigh started volunteering at a young age, serving as a counsellor and fund raiser for eight years at Camp Quality. The camp provides an outdoor wilderness experience for young cancer survivors, terminally ill children and their families. Long after the end of each season, Ms. Quarrel would continue to provide support and ongoing friendship to her campers. She also volunteers with the Special Olympics, and organizes fundraising events to benefit such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay.
You are truly exceptional, Ashleigh!