Winner’s blog: Shara

Winner’s blog: Shara

30th September 2013 by Natalie Burns

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Shara Brice won the Women of the Year “You Can” Award in 2010. Shara, alongside her team, was recognised as having created one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse and effective youth programmes – the Ascension Eagles.

Please describe your experience at the Lunch:

It was incredible to be surrounded by women who have made significant differences in every walk of life. I remember thinking that if we all stayed in that room for an entire week, systemically rotating from table to table as we got to know each other, we would still only scratch the surface in beginning to appreciate the depth and significance of each woman’s unique story and life contribution.

What did winning the award mean to you?

I felt very uncomfortable about winning this award, until I realized that by accepting it, I was doing so on behalf of thousands of girls. Ascension Eagles is about ordinary people working together to achieve extraordinary results. I accepted this award on behalf of hundreds of young people, who are led by dozens of gifted coaches, who are committed to giving back to their communities. I accepted this award on behalf of the Mums, who scrimp and save to put their children first. The award helped open new doors for our charity, and that means everything to me.

Why are award ceremonies like the Women of the Year Lunch important?

The Women of the Year experience generates inspirational stories, and serves as a catalyst for new relationships and opportunities. On a more personal note, I was grateful for the privilege of being able to have my daughter share in the award ceremony, and in the seminars held later in the year. She is now 18, and is poised to make a powerful difference in the world. The Women of the Year experience has positively shaped her as well!

What has been your biggest achievement to date and what goals do you have for the future?

After my husband’s job transferred our family to the States, I worked closely with the Ascension Eagles leadership team to transition responsibilities so that they were able to run all aspects of the charity. I am delighted to report that the charity is stronger than ever, serving 1000 people weekly and running Europe’s premier cheer gym. I remain lifelong President, and part of my heart will always remain with AEC, but I am investing in building community in our new parish. I have the privilege of teaching and piloting “Our Community Listens” which is a communication skills training course that is being embraced by our city council, the police department, educators and businesses. Most importantly, marriages and families are being strengthened through the course, and there is huge potential to engage the younger generation. I am grateful for opportunities that come with each new day, and I love being able to help make a transformational difference within the community.

For more information on the Ascension Eagles contact: director@ascensioneagles.comwww.ascensioneagles.com

 


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