Walker receives Rotary’s Service Above Self Award


Ashley Walker (left), majoring in pre-veterinary medicine at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was the recipient of The Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award, presented by Dinah Courrier, Professor Emerita of Office Systems Technology at the College.  

Potomac State College of West Virginia University recently honored many of their students, faculty and staff with awards and recognition during their annual Weekend of Honors ceremonies. The Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award was presented to Ashley Walker by Dinah Courrier, Professor Emerita of Office Systems Technology at the College. 

Walker, from Rio, W.Va., is a graduate of East Hardy High School majoring in pre-veterinary medicine.   She enjoys volunteering her time to help others.  In addition to serving as an active member of Campus Community Ministry (CCM), Walker makes monthly visits to Piney Valley Nursing Home to visit with residents as well as volunteering with the Faith in Action Food Pantry.   She helped build a shed on the Quad for Habitat for Humanity as well.

Walker has also participated in various activities involving CCM and Burlington United Methodist Family Services (BUMFS) by serving as a chaperone at an overnight retreat, painting the chapel ceiling and accompanying BUMFS residents to a basketball game at the College.  She also organized refreshments and hosted children at the recent STEM Festival.  

Walker’s volunteer efforts are numerous.  She’s participated in three spring break trips to Crisfield, Md., where she assisted with clean-up and repairs from Hurricane Sandy, and upon her return gave a presentation to the Keyser Rotary Club about the 2016 spring break trip. 

According to Rotary guidelines, the recipient of this award must demonstrate exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.  “Ashley has consistently shown leadership in all these service opportunities and she has grown into a confident and unselfish young woman,” stated one of the individuals who nominated her. 

Walker plans to get some hands-on experience by working as an assistant to a veterinarian at this time.