One has to wonder what our community would be like if everyone had Ashleigh Quarrell’s spirit and dedication.
This Honours Bachelor of Commerce grad received the 2013 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for her volunteer work with organizations including Special Olympics Thunder Bay, Habitat for Humanity, and, particularly, Camp Quality.
Ashleigh is quick to point out her alma mater’s contribution to her successes. “Lakehead University empowered me to become who I am as a person and as a professional,” she says.
Before starting Lakehead, Ashleigh connected with Camp Quality, a national organization that provides camping experiences to children with cancer and their siblings and that gives kids the opportunity to focus on having fun.
She volunteered with Camp Quality throughout her studies and also took an active part in university life. Ashleigh was an executive on the Lakehead University Business Association (LUBA) student club, represented Lakehead at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition, and served as a delegate at the Queen’s Conference on the Business Environment Today.
Recently, Ashleigh became the director of Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario and Confederation College’s media and communications officer. She’s also worked at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Thunder Bay Insurance, and the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay. In addition, she’s a member of SHIFT – Thunder Bay’s young professionals network.
This year, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce recognized Ashleigh’s community engagement and leadership by awarding her a “Top 20 under 40” Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award.
Although Ashleigh is honoured by the recognition she has won, it’s the “little achievements” she’s most proud of, “seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of the Camp Quality campers or celebrating with Special Olympians who have worked so hard to do their best in their sport of choice.”
Grateful for her supportive parents and a former manager who encouraged her professional development, Ashleigh Quarrell urges university students “to always strive to do more and be the best you can be.”