Contributed by Mark Benoit
Thames Campus student (and graduate) Ashley Gialelem recently received the Sid Ebare Perseverance Award from the Chatham-Kent Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Ashley knew from a very young age that the purpose of her life would be to help people. She is a voice for all those who do not have their own voice.
In September of 2012, she started the Developmental Services Worker program at Thames Campus, and graduated in June of 2016. Ashley is a member of the college’s DSW Program Advisory Committee.
Ashley is currently enrolled in the Child and Youth Care program, earning another diploma.
In spite of severe physical challenges and many other obstacles, Ashley maintains top grades, is a positive role model, helps other students, and is always striving to do her best.
Ashley plans to pursue motivational speaking when she is done her studies. She chooses to take every opportunity to increase public awareness and educate people about anti-bullying, mental health, suicide prevention, self-advocacy, independence, disabilities and accessibility.