TWU alum ministers to woman who wins Courage to Come Back Award

Amanda Goletto (front) ministered to Trisha Baptie (back) helping her change her life. Trisha Baptie is being awarded with a 2008 Courage to Come Back award for Social Adversity.

This year a young woman will be awarded the Courage to Come Back Award for Social Adversity. Celebrating the award with her will be TWU alum Amanda Goletto (02). Through her volunteer work in the downtown eastside, Goletto played an integral role in helping Trisha Baptie get off the streets and end a dangerous life of prostitution and addiction.

The Courage to Come Back Awards took place May 8th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The sold out gala dinner, hosted by Deborra Hope and Kevin Evans honours and celebrates the courage and triumphs of ordinary people who have beaten extraordinary odds on the way to recovery. The awards dinner marks the 10th anniversary of the Courage to Come Back Awards and highlights six individuals in the categories of mental health, physical rehabilitation, medical, addiction, social adversity and youth.

Ministering in the downtown east side through TWU outreach programs and the Union Gospel Mission, Amanda Goletto befriended Trisha Baptie seeking her out in places others dare not trod. After years of a damaging lifestyle of drug and alcohol addition, and prostitution, Trisha, with the encouragement and support of Amanda, ended her journey of life on the streets and even successfully completed some university courses. Read more about Amanda and Trisha's powerful friendship here:

Amanda Goletto was recently interviewed on The Bill Good Show. You can hear the full interview by clicking here. Put in May 8, and 9:00am.

Also winning the award for physical rehabilitation is former TWU student John Banovich. In 1997 John was hit by a drunk driver almost killing him. A survivor, John spent months in a hospital bed and years later in recovery only to use his story to minister to others.

Read John Banovich's incredible story here:

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2008-05-09
Author: Erin Mussolum