Quota International of Central Oregon, Oregon, USA
Ashley Bruce was born a perfectly healthy girl to wonderful doting parents. At a very early age she contracted a serious ear infection that led her to become hearing impaired. Ashley was never a complainer, never stops smiling, and most importantly never lets her inability to hear stop her from achieving her goals and dreams.
Through her persistence, talent and hearing aids in both ears, Ashley would earn the lead role in the High School musical “Annie”; her love of running has earned her a spot on the Bend High School cross country team; she has studied ballet for years, performing in the Nutcracker this holiday season; Ashley continues to pursue her love of music, singing and playing the guitar in local venues throughout her community.
Ashley began her involvement with Quota after her mother joined, enthusiastically volunteering to help with many of our functions. Last year she decided to venture off on her own and start a JQ club at her local high school. The JQ Club of Central Oregon currently has 15 active members that are involved in many activities including adopting a family of a hearing impaired/deaf child for Christmas, providing presents, food and joy to them this holiday season. Ashley and the JQ club are currently organizing a one-time sign language class “Sign and Dine” that will help raise funds for Sign Stage tickets. Sign Stage is an annual production with actors that many of whom are hearing impaired, and or mute. JQ provides tickets and refreshments at no charge to all members of our community and their families that are also deaf and hearing impaired.
Ashley Bruce was unanimously selected as our Volunteer of the Year!