We are proud to announce that our very own Respite Recruiter, Alexandria Marshall, was recently crowned Miss Huntington Beach OC Ambassador 2017. In this role, Alexandria will promote something that is close to her heart – serving as an advocate for children with special needs.
Alexandria, who will celebrate her two year anniversary with UCP-OC this month, was just promoted to the position of Respite Recruiter. The Respite and Childcare programs provide skilled pediatric caregivers to assist special needs children and their parents at no charge. These services and many others are tied to UCP-OC’s mission to help children with disabilities reach their full potential, improve the quality of life for their families and foster an attitude of acceptance and inclusion.
At just twenty-four years old, Alexandria is a passionate special needs advocate that she says began by having a sister with Down syndrome. Throughout her life, Alexandria has supported her sister Courtney through variety of activities that serve kids and adults with special needs including summer camps, dances and the Special Olympics.
Hand-picked for the position of Miss Huntington Beach OC Ambassador, Alexandria was chosen among 12 applicants and cites her advocacy of children and families with disabilities and work at UCP-OC as key to her selection. Her designated platform during her term as Miss Huntington Beach OC Ambassador will be to raise awareness for individuals with special needs. And to this end, she aims to tie-in the work of UCP-OC.
Alex explains, “I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my sister, Courtney. She has taught me to appreciate the small things in life and never take anything for granted. She has been my biggest and most devoted fan through my pageant journey!”
A lifelong resident of Huntington Beach, Alex is a 2014 graduate of Texas Christian University (Cum Laude) where she received her B.A. in Musical Theater Performance. The multi-talented 24 year-old loves to sing, dance and perform. On Sundays, you can find her singing with her church praise band.
Her future dream is starting a nonprofit theater or camp for kids and adults with disabilities. In the meantime, she is working hard for UCP-OC and looking forward to what next year holds in her new role as Miss Huntington Beach OC Ambassador 2017.