As a firefighter and EMT in Winter Park (who was recently hired by the City of Thornton), Ashley is passionate about fire safety awareness, especially for children. This year, she became involved in the Colorado Firefighter Calendar, a non-profit organization made up of a volunteer board of directors and firefighters from around Colorado. This group’s mission is to increase fire safety awareness, educate children on fire prevention, and raise money for the Children’s Hospital Burn Programs.
Ashley tried out to be featured in the 2014-15 calendar, and was selected to be Miss March. The calendar includes full-color photographs of some of Colorado’s most athletic heroes in (and partially out) of their firefighting gear. The calendars are for sale at $20 each, and all proceeds from calendar sales and promotional/special events directly benefit the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Program and Burn Camps Program.
The Children’s Hospital Burn Camps Program uses an enriched curriculum and a path of adventure in a safe environment to develop imagination, character, and confidence in their campers, giving them the ability and courage to thrive during their recovery and beyond. “It costs a child about $1000 to attend this camp, but it is an amazing opportunity to aid in the healing process for them,” says Ashley. “My goal is to send 10 kids to camp this year!”
Ashely has created a website to share a little bit more about the project and to process the sales and donations on behalf of Children’s Hospital and the Burn Camps. More information is also available at the Colorado Firefighter Calendar website.
Ashley is one of DWS class teacher Darlene Gaillot’s daughters. She graduated from The Denver Waldorf High School in 2008 before getting her bachelor’s degree at St. Louis University. “My mom – who doubles as my unofficial manager – has access to the calendars and can sell them to DWS families and friends in person,” Ashley says.