Left to Right: Pamela Boswell, Remi Harvey, Ash Gorman
Remi Harvey is a senior Business major who is not actually graduating until next May since she decided to pursue a 2nd specialization of Marketing and Management. This demonstrates her commitment to hard work. This quality has contributed to her earning of the 2007-2008 Christian/Community Service Student volunteer of the year award.
Remi loves kids! She has been involved in Liberty University’s Reading Club and Campus Serve over the years, and in the last year has been working with Lynchburg’s local Big Brothers/Big Sisters agency. She said she had always wanted to volunteer, specifically, for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and finally began doing so two semesters ago. Even after she graduates and pursues a Master’s in business and a modeling career, according to Remi, “I will definitely be a big sister no matter where I am in life; always.”
BBBS only requires that the volunteer spend 6-8 hours a month with their "little" but, according to her supervisor, Match Support Specialist, Pamela Boswell, Remi has gone “way above and beyond” what is expected of her. "She spends 15-20 hours a month with her little when we only ask for 6-8 hours." Further, "she goes and helps with school projects, goes to all her sporting events, cheer leading events; Remi’s there as a good positive role model, and I can tell that the family, from the feedback that I get when I speak with them, just absolutely love and appreciate her,” Boswell also said. Boswell considers Remi to be a faithful, consistent, unselfish and godly young woman who follows through on all her commitments, and demonstrates a real desire to make a true difference in her little’s life, and in the community as a "Godly, positive role model."
Mr. Ash Gorman, Lynchburg BBBS’s Executive Director had this to add about Remi. “Not only is she a good mentor to the child, but she’s also an ambassador for the program. And that’s what we need.” Representing not just ourselves, our school, or even our Lord are all that matters, we also represent the agencies with which we serve.
For Remi the Liberty Christian/Community Service requirement was no real problem from the start. In her world, “it’s just a part of life for me, it’s always good to give back to the community.” She also said, “With my little sister, it doesn’t even seem like a requirement, I just do it because I love it, and she really does seem like my little sister.” When asked to give some advice to fellow Liberty students, she said, “It’s very wonderful, and it’s a gift to actually be able to give.” For Remi, the way Christian Service fits into the Christian worldview is that, because of our worldview, “It’s something that everyone should want to do.”
"IT'S A GIFT TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GIVE."
Getting involved with people at the place of their needs is not an option for us who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Our service is an outgrowth of the service He came to render humankind. We are His hands, His feet, His eyes, His mouth, and we continue the legacy of caring service that He left us. Thanks, Remi, for being an example for all of us in this very thing.
Here are the many other outstanding students nominated this year for the award. Special thanks to each one of you for being an exemplary servant in our community.
Wendy Goyette- Grace Baptist Church
Michael Vernon- First Assembly of God
Brittany Myhal- Care Net Pregnancy Center
Will Hedrick, Lyn-Dan heights Volunteer Fire Department
Kristen McLoughlin-Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg
Cameron Temple- Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses
Michelle Osborne-Legacy Learning Center
Lindsay Clegg-Gethsemane Baptist Church
Michael (Rabbi) Sandal-Office of Student Leadership
Mary Ellison-Church of the Nazarene
Sarah Sanders-Westminster Canterbury
Anna Walker-Mary Bethune Academy
Naomi McKinney-The Light House Worship Center
Johanna Lovett-Liberty Christian Academy
Melissa Brown-Eta Sigma Gamma
Erin Schroeder-Center for Worship
Ryan McDonnell-Liberty Wrestling
Jedidiah Rieke-Avalon Hills Bible Church
Casey Blair-Welcome Baptist Church
Brittnee Loflin-Spero’s Schoolhouse
Clarence Nicely-Liberty Baseball
Allison Carver-Mary Bethune Academy