Sam Ross, our catering assistant with Down’s syndrome has been included in the BBC 100 Women 2018 list of the most inspiring and influential women around the world this year.
Thirty-year-old Sam, who has worked with us since 2016 at City of Glasgow College, was included on the list of leaders and everyday heroes, ranging from 15-94 in age.
Sam Ross said: “When my Dad told me I’d been selected in the top 100 inspirational women, I couldn’t believe it. It’s been amazing! So many people are coming up to me and I’ve even been contacted by someone in Australia who got in touch to congratulate me. I’m so excited I’m famous!”
Other women to appear on the list alongside Sam include Frances Arnold, American chemical engineer and Nobel Laureate and Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation in the US.
We are incredibly proud of our superstar Sam, who is one of only a few Scots to have Down’s syndrome and work part-time. Not only does she help cater for 15,000 students and 3000 lecturers daily, she is also an ambassador for Down’s Syndrome Scotland and has appeared in advertisements promoting her home city of Glasgow.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, earlier this year Sam told the story of her independent lifestyle at the World Down’s Syndrome conference in Glasgow. She also travelled to Chennai in India in 2015 to inspire young adults with the same condition, and since then, has given awareness talks at the City of Chambers, the Gallery of Modern Art and King Tuts venue.
Tom Lowe, head of people operations said: “At BaxterStorey we believe in treating all people equally and we truly embrace diversity. We offer a wide range of employment opportunities for any individual and we have some fantastic people with learning disabilities working for us and on placements with us.”
Proud of Sam’s achievements, operations manager Allison Miller commented: “We are so proud of what Sam has achieved. Sam had been working at the college for ten years when she joined us via tupe, and is a big character known by many across the college. She is a much-loved member of the team; a real conscientious worker and we couldn’t be prouder of her making the BBC 100 Women 2018 list”.