Georgia Southern University alumni, Ashley Rutland has been selected as the recipient of the 2021/2022 Annie F. Oliver Volunteer of the Year award by the Savannah Speech & Hearing Center.
This award has been given on an annual basis since 1978, celebrating extraordinary dedication and service supporting the mission of Savannah Speech & Hearing Center in providing access to comprehensive speech, hearing, language and other therapeutic services that empower and transform lives.
Miss Rutland began volunteering with the Savannah Speech & Hearing Center in January of 2021, committing more than 90 hours helping with community hearing screenings, fundraising, Center administrative duties, the scheduling of other GSU volunteers, in assisting at Sound Start, the Center’s early intervention auditory/verbal program for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as with the Speak Easy, a support group for survivors of stroke or traumatic brain injury.
A native of Lilburn, Georgia, Miss Rutland graduated summa cum laude this year with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus. She will begin in the Master of Education with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of West Georgia this Summer. She hopes to practice in pediatric speech therapy, specializing in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.