Ashley Sharpe has been a model citizen, a friend to all she encounters, including youth, the elderly, the disabled and really just everyone who enters her life. She volunteers in hospice, she’s part of the Mission Optimist Club, is an executive of the Fraser Valley Metis Association. She also volunteers as a peer support worker and regularly helps those with psychological difficulties to find available services and get help. She is one of the most compassionate, wise and spiritually motivated people I know, living to serve others, to find out more about who she is and what it means to be alive- and also what it means to be metis! She is exceptionally interested in cultures of every kind and deeply respectful of tradition while simultaneously open to change and willing to adapt to whatever life throws at her.
She, herself, has experienced incredible difficulties throughout her life, both of a physical and psychological nature, yet even from a very early age, she has chosen to find meaning in each experience, embracing the wisdom inherent to suffering and enthusiastically sharing her insights about abuse, death, illness, broken homes, and discrimination with anyone who is in need of guidance. She has also been an outspoken advocate for minorities from an early age, unafraid to stand up for herself or others in spite of bullies, naysayers, bigots and various instances of failing bureaucracy.
Ashley has chosen to pursue a career in mental health, but she is also a beautiful dancer, a singer, an artist, and even a good cook! She likes to sew, make clothing and do a wide range of crafts, she works in various festivals and has a mobile business as well as a streaming channel online. She never sought out secondary education for any of these natural talents; instead, she patiently and persistently taught herself everything she knows. She is fiercely independent, self-motivated and unafraid to try new things or learn new skills.