Aasa Marshall

Excellence in Women's Leadership 2012

Sheila O'Brien Award recipient


Aasa Marshall has a development studies degree, and a passion for global social justice issues and travel. Her studies included a group study program in Ghana in the spring of 2011, and she completed her final semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. She previously studied print journalism, and worked as a newspaper reporter prior to attending UCalgary. 

Aasa joined the events and education coordination team at the Women's Resource Centre in September 2010, and became a team lead of that committee in September 2011. She was involved in organizing many activities and events including the weekly knitting circle and an Activism 101 workshop series.  The diversity training she received through the WRC volunteer program, in combination with her international travel experiences, instilled in her a respect for cultural differences and inquisitiveness about other societies and their practices. 

Aasa joined the WRC because of her dedication to women's equality and as a way to meet like-minded people. The centre was her home on campus throughout her time at UCalgary, and she grew a lot as a result of the people she met and the conversations she had around the WRC table.  She developed close bonds with her peers at the WRC, and could be counted on to approach new visitors and welcome them into the space. Aasa was a valuable member of the WRC team and the impact she had on women’s lives on the campus is immense.  Aasa was selected by her WRC volunteer peers to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the WRC.